Make An Organizer Purse From A Drying MatI wanted to make a placemat purse with my girls for Sew Saturday at Love My Little Cottage. I perused Pinterest, and found inspiration in the many pictures of placemat purses. However, when I went to Hobby Lobby to choose some placemats, I saw the cutest dish drying mats! They’re bigger than placemats, and have a cushy, quilted feel to them. They were perfect for our project.
- sewing machine and basic sewing supplies
- drying mat
- 1.5″ grosgrain ribbon
- glue gun and glue sticks
- felt flower
- piping cord to coordinate with the drying mat
- the stuff you want to carry in your organizer
Instructions:Fold about 1/3 of the drying mat toward the center to make a pocket. Put your stuff in the pocket and see how it fits. Let the height of your items determine exactly where you will fold the drying mat. Decide how wide you want the sections in your pocket to be. Again, this will be based on the size of the items you want to carry in your purse. Pin the places where you want to sew seams for pocket sections. I wanted a handled purse that I could use separately from the purse that holds my wallet, keys, and etc. I don’t have room for my journal, planner, Bible, gel pens, reading glasses, and current book in my day-to-day purse because I’m short and I don’t like carrying huge purses. Whenever I’m rushing off to softball or ballet (or piano), I throw a rubber band around my books, and hang a pen on the rubber band (see the materials picture). I can’t wait to stride into the next event with my new organizer purse. Use a pencil to trace a line where you want to sew your pocket sections. My drying mat had lines on the inside, so I just followed them, and made a light pencil line where I wanted to sew. Sew your pocket section lines using a straight stitch. I zig-zagged the ends of my drying mat, and sewed reverse and forward several times at the tops of the pocket seams to make sure they wouldn’t rip easily. You will want to do this for the pocket seams at the ends of your drying mat, and the center pockets. Measure the end of your purse, and make a chalk mark in the center, about one inch from the edge. Hot glue your felt flower here, right beside the top flap. Don’t touch the hot glue with your fingers. Put the glue on the underside of the flower, then stick it in place.
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