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Placemat Tote Bag

 

Free project instructions to make a tote bag out of a placemat.

A bag that's fashionable, functional, and fun to make. What could be better? Well, there's no measuring or cutting with this tote bag project. Is that better? You bet!

Take two placemats, stitch them together, add lovely embroidery designs, fashion two handles from a third placemat, and you've got a bag that's big, roomy, stylish -- and fast. It's just a good thing.

Once you have read these simple project instructions, keep scrolling down the page to see lots of designs that will look fabulous on this big and beautiful bag! 

Caitlin, a talented artist at Embroidery Library, loves her new tote bag. Made out of three placemats!

 
 

Free project instructions to make a tote bag out of a placemat.
Supplies Needed:

**Two cloth placemats (for the front and back)

**One vinyl placemat (for handles)


**Medium weight cutaway stabilizer

**Temporary spray adhesive

 



Finished Size:
19" wide by 14" high (finished size will depend on the size of the placemats). I found my placemats at Target and Home Goods. They are also available at many retail stores, such as Walmart, Marshalls, and Kohl's.

Designs Used:

I used the large size of the Abstract Pears design. More designs that would work well on a placemat tote are at the bottom of this page.  

 


Free project instructions to make a tote bag out of a placemat.

 

First, embroider the designs on the placemats how you want them. I embroidered the designs in the center of each placemat. 

Spray a piece of medium weight cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive, smooth the placemat on top, and embroider the designs.



Free project instructions to make a tote bag out of a placemat.

 


Next, cut two 1 1/4" wide strips from the vinyl placemat, cutting widthwise so the handles will be as long as possible. If you would like longer handles, simply cut two additional strips and stitch the strips together end to end. 

P
in the ends of the handles to the backside of the top edge of each placemat about 5" to 6" in from each top corner with about one inch of the handles extending onto the placemats.  Stitch the handles in place.
 



Free project instructions to make a tote bag out of a placemat.
 

Align the placemats together, wrong sides together, pin in place, and sew a 1/2" seam along the side and bottom edges only. And you and your placemat tote are ready to go!


Free project instructions to make a tote bag out of a placemat.

 

Everyone loves a big bag, and with so much space for embroidery, it's a snap to choose designs to make this a truly personal and special gift.

And don't forget to make one for yourself!

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Products used in this Project:

Abstract Pears $2.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.64" x 4.87" | 3.88" x 3.36" | 3.37" x 2.93"

Autumn Deer in Watercolor $5.99 - $6.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

7.79" x 7.03" | 6.51" x 5.86" | 5.39" x 4.86"

Butterfly Glow 2 $5.49 - $6.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

7.00" x 9.74" | 5.87" x 8.19" | 4.87" x 6.80"

Vintage Jacobean Strawberries $3.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.81" x 5.83" | 4.80" x 4.82" | 3.84" x 3.86"

Art Deco Floral Spray $4.49 - $4.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

5.83" x 6.73" | 4.86" x 5.58"

Illuminated Faith $2.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

7.93" x 4.51" | 5.75" x 3.28" | 3.25" x 1.87"

Sewing Notions $2.49 - $2.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

5.84" x 7.66" | 4.83" x 6.33"

Fashionista Footwear $2.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

6.79" x 5.86" | 5.65" x 4.89" | 3.85" x 3.33"

Art Deco Leaves Medley $5.99 - $7.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

6.85" x 7.80" | 5.86" x 6.66" | 4.86" x 5.51"

Fall Filigree Wedge $4.99 - $5.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.03" x 9.41" | 2.94" x 6.86"

Brushstroke Koi $3.99 - $4.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

5.17" x 4.86" | 3.85" x 3.57"

Wine Taster $4.99 - $6.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

8.07" x 5.84" | 6.67" x 4.86" | 3.85" x 2.81"

Light and Lovely Roses $5.99 - $6.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

5.86" x 7.98" | 4.86" x 6.60"

Kitten Trio $3.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

6.36" x 5.06" | 6.11" x 4.85"

Carpet of Flowers Cross $5.49 - $6.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

6.01" x 5.86" | 4.97" x 4.86" | 3.86" x 3.79"

Fall into Color Prayer Circle $5.49 - $5.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

7.34" x 5.83" | 6.02" x 4.78"

Fall into Color Prayer $3.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.83" x 3.08"

Moonlight Magic $6.49 - $7.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

7.02" x 9.13" | 5.86" x 7.63" | 4.87" x 6.33"

Fanciful Ferns $5.49 - $5.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

5.86" x 7.42" | 4.84" x 6.13"