Pom pom bags are everywhere at the moment, as are pom pom shoes, earrings, keyrings… basically if you can put a pom pom on it, then the craft world already has. I’ve long had the idea of upcycling a placemat into a clutch bag, so I thought why not add pom poms to it too! This was a really quick make and an easy nap time craft, which was the perfect antidote to months of long projects due to book writing.
You will need:
- 1 wicker placemat (30cm x 45cm)
- Fabric (30cm x 45cm)
- Bias binding (1.75m)
- Sewing thread to match binding
- Mini pom poms
- Masking tape
- Strong glue (optional)
1. Cut your fabric to the same size as your placemat and stick the two together with masking tape.
2. Use a sewing machine to sew the two pieces together with a seam allowance of a few millimetres. Then pin and sew your bias binding around the entire bag. Trim any excess threads.
3. Turn the bag so the fabric lining is facing up and in portrait orientation. Then fold the bottom 15.5cm up and the top down by 11cm. Finger press the folds.
4. Open the top flap out again and the bottom part of the placemat to fold the bag. Sew along the left and right hand sides following the binding stitching. Do a few backstitches at the start and end to secure in place. It should now look like a clutch bag! You can add a metallic clasp of a button, but I found my flap stayed flat and didn’t flap up.
5. Sew your pom poms (or add a bit of strong glue) onto the outside of the bag. If you’re using glue, leave it to set.
~ Laura xx ~