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Placemats to Pocketbooks

Free project instructions to turn a placemat into an embroidered pocketbook. Free project instructions to embroider a towel border with an animal design.

Free project instructions to turn a placemat into an embroidered pocketbook.


Transform an everyday placemat into a beautifully embroidered pocketbook in just a few simple steps! This easy, yet elegant embroidered accessory will add an expensive look to any outfit (and no one would ever guess what it's made of!). Make your own placemat pocketbook with the instructions in this tutorial.
 
Project Needs & Notes:

- Placemat (13" x 18" is used in this tutorial)
- Medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Snap and snap tool
- Wristlet (optional)
- Shoulder strap (optional)

Designs featured in this tutorial and video include:

C7132, Arts and Crafts Flower Corner
D8312, Bountiful Bouquet Spray
E3880, Fluttering Filigree Border
F3233, Inky Butterfly Border
K8791, Bluebonnet Filigree
E5855, Alhena Swirl Border
D8518, Celtic Leaves Border

Free video with instructions on how to turn a placemat into an embroidered pocketbook.


Free project instructions to turn a placemat into an embroidered pocketbook.
Begin by folding a placemat into thirds to get an idea of where to embroider the designs.

Free project instructions to turn a placemat into an embroidered pocketbook.
A template, or printout of a design, is an excellent tool to help with placement.

Print a template of the design from your embroidery software.
If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom's TrueSizer is
a free program to use.

Arrange the templates on the placemat. In this example, a corner design will be embroidered on the left, and a mirrored version will be stitched on the right.

Free project instructions to turn a placemat into an embroidered pocketbook.
Mark the center points and the horizontal and vertical axis lines for each design. Those marks will help you to hoop the placemat straight.

Free project instructions to turn a placemat into an embroidered pocketbook.
To embroider the first design, hoop the placemat with a piece of cutaway stabilizer. Line up the marks on the placemat with the marks on the hoop.

Free project instructions to turn a placemat into an embroidered pocketbook.
Attach the hoop to the machine, and move the hoop so the needle is right over the center point.

Embroider the design.

Then, repeat the steps to embroider the other design.

Free project instructions to turn a placemat into an embroidered pocketbook.
After embroidering, cut the excess stabilizer away from the back.

Free project instructions to turn a placemat into an embroidered pocketbook.
Lay the placemat wrong side up with the embroidered section at the top.

Free project instructions to turn a placemat into an embroidered pocketbook.
Fold the bottom third up and pin in place.

Free project instructions to turn a placemat into an embroidered pocketbook.
Sew a 1/2" seam along each side.

Free project instructions to turn a placemat into an embroidered pocketbook.
Add a snap closure.

Free project instructions to turn a placemat into an embroidered pocketbook.
Experiment with different colors and design placement for different looks.

Free project instructions to turn a placemat into an embroidered pocketbook.
If you wish, you can add a wristlet to the purse. This is a great option for nights out on the town, or a low-maintenance daily purse.

Free project instructions to turn a placemat into an embroidered pocketbook.
Or, add a shoulder strap. Perfect for spending your days shopping at the mall!

Free project instructions to turn a placemat into an embroidered pocketbook.
Experiment with design placement and colors for different looks. The deep brown of this pocketbook is the perfect backdrop for any design.

Free project instructions to turn a placemat into an embroidered pocketbook.
Choose a neutral placemat for a versatile pocketbook that can be worn for any occasion -- day or night!

Free project instructions to turn a placemat into an embroidered pocketbook.
Two corner designs give this pocketbook a stylish and symmetrical appeal. Gorgeous with any outfit!


Questions or comments? Let us know! Send an email to us; the address is stitch@emblibrary.com.

Products used in this Project:

Blue Willow Corner $2.99 - $3.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.85" x 4.81" | 3.85" x 3.82"

Sweet Cherries with Blossoms $3.99 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.79" x 7.07" | 4.80" x 5.84" | 3.17" x 3.85"

Floral Bluebird $4.49 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.82" x 5.95" | 4.81" x 4.92" | 3.75" x 3.84"

Light and Lovely Poppy Spray $4.99 - $5.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

9.41" x 5.25" | 6.81" x 3.81"

Damask Peacock Corner $2.99 - $3.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.86" x 5.01" | 3.75" x 3.86"

Fanciful Ferns Corner $3.99 - $4.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.86" x 4.86" | 3.86" x 3.86"

Lipstick Glam Perfume Bottle $3.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.26" x 3.21"

Cherry Blossom Border $3.49 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

9.41" x 2.44" | 6.00" x 1.74" | 3.86" x 1.53"

Damask English Rose Corner $3.49 - $3.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.86" x 4.86" | 3.86" x 3.86"

Majolica Floral Corner $3.99 - $4.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.84" x 4.86" | 3.83" x 3.86"

Bountiful Bouquet Spray $4.99 - $5.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

9.41" x 4.78" | 6.81" x 3.47"

Carnation Border - Dream $2.99 - $3.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

9.41" x 2.40" | 6.00" x 1.66" | 3.86" x 0.98"

Fluttering Filigree Corner $2.99 - $3.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.85" x 4.85" | 3.87" x 3.87"

Classic Suzani Thin Border $1.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

9.41" x 2.43" | 6.00" x 1.77" | 3.85" x 1.10"

Tree of Life Border $2.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

9.41" x 2.54" | 5.99" x 1.66" | 3.86" x 1.04"

Asian Crane of Happiness $5.49 - $5.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

5.86" x 7.76" | 4.87" x 6.47"

Asian Crane $4.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.45" x 3.86"

Fleur-de-lis and Butterfly Corner $2.49 - $2.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.86" x 5.14" | 3.67" x 3.87"