Transform a Placemat Into a Purse With This Fun DIY

Sarah Vanderkooy
by Sarah Vanderkooy
7 Materials
10 Minutes

If you have been looking for your next fun fashion upcycle, the search is finally over! Follow my easy, step-by-step tutorial and learn how to transform a simple placemat into the most stunning purse. In my tutorial, I create two completely different, amazing purses from different placemats. I love how funky and functional these purses are! If you want to learn all the tips and tricks to this awesome placemat transformation, my tutorial is just what you need! Get started on DIYing these incredible purses.

Tools and materials:

  • Placemats
  • Clips
  • Glue
  • Hair elastic
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Embellishments
How to make a clutch purse out of a placemat
Glue the placemat

To get started on this amazing upcycle, fold the side of the round placemat over and clip the fold.

Glue the sides

Once both sides were clipped, I used my hot glue gun to glue the sides of the placemat down. I left the clips in so that they would help hold the folds down as the glue dried.

Purses made from placemats

Next, I folded up the bottom of the placement and removed one of the clips. I placed glue and stuck down one side of the new fold. I placed the clip back in place until the glue had dried. I repeated this step on the other side as well. This fold made the perfect bottom for my new purse!

Placemat purse DIY
Add a hair elastic

To make the closure for the purse I used a hair elastic. To start, I tied a small knot on one side of the elastic. 

Glue on the elastic

I placed the elastic in the center of the top of the purse and used a dollop of glue to make sure it would stay on. 

Add a button
Add a button

Next, I turned the bag over and stuck on a button at the bottom of the bag making sure it was perfectly in line with the elastic. 

Add embellishments
Add details

It was definitely time to add a few embellishments! I added a few trims and also stuck a flower onto the front of my purse. These small details definitely glam up this DIY purse. 

No-sew placemat purse

I am so obsessed with this DIY purse! 

Place right sides together
Sew the placemats

For this next placemat transformation, I used two fabric placemats. First, I placed the mats, right sides together.

Sew the sides

I then headed to my sewing machine to sew three sides together, leaving the top open. 

Press the seams

I turned it right side out, pushed out the corners, and pressed the seams nice and flat with my iron.

DIY placemat purse
Add handles

To make the handles, I cut two pieces of ribbon to the same length. I hopped back over to my sewing machine and sewed the handles on. I sewed an X onto the base of each handle to keep them securely on the purse. 

Use a stencil
Add detail

To embellish this pretty purse, I put a piece of cardboard inside the purse to protect the other side. I placed a stencil in one corner and used this gorgeous blue color to paint over the stencil. 

Placemat purse instructions

I love how fun and bright this purse is! What other placemat upcycle ideas do you have? Let me know in the comments below! 

Suggested materials:
  • Placemats
  • Clips
  • Glue
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  • Mimi Mimi on Jan 07, 2022

    I made a tea cozy out of a quilted placemat. Works really well. Didn't have a sewing machine so did it all by hand.

  • Stella Stella on Dec 30, 2022

    Great ideas! I make totes out of placemats I buy at Hobby Lobby on clearance.