DIY placemat tote bag

DIY Placemat Tote Bag

How to Make a DIY Placemat Tote Bag

This super easy and ridiculously cheap Placemat Tote Bag can be sewn in under 30 minutes. Perfect for beginners, this basic tote bag is made from two upcycled placemats with webbing straps.

Roomy enough for all your essentials, this bag is great for a trip the farmers market, corralling toys at the beach or carrying library books. Since placemats already have finished edges, there is no hemming required.

DIY placemat tote bag

DIY Placemat Tote Bag Supplies:

How to make an upcycled placemat tote bag

DIY Placemat Tote Bag

Cut your nylon webbing into two 30” lengths. That’s the best strap length from me, but you can make them longer or shorter to your preference.

Fuse the ends of the nylon webbing by waving a lighter over the cut ends to slightly melt them. If you have cotton webbing, you can use a zig zag stitch over the ends to keep the webbing from fraying.

DIY placemat tote bag

Decide which side you want as the exterior fabric (right side out). My placemats were thrift store finds in a fun marine print. Both sides were the same, so it didn’t matter which was the outside.

If your placemats are directional, where the design will look silly if it is upside down, then make sure you place that side “UP” now. My placemats did have a directional print and I wanted the corral in the Under the Sea print to be upright.

DIY Placemat Tote Bag

Measure 4” from each side of the placemat for your strap placements. Clip your straps to the inside (wrong side) of the placement about 1” from the top edge. Make sure the straps are straight and not twisted.

DIY placemat tote bag

Stitch the straps in place by sewing a box around the edge of the webbing. Then sew an X through each box if desired for added stability.

Perfect for beginners, this super easy tote bag is made from two upcycled placemats with webbing straps and can be sewn in under 30 minutes.

My placemats were double layered cotton with interfacing in the middle, so using a larger and very sharp needle was super helpful to punch through all those layers.

DIY placemat tote bag

Once you have the strap stitched to the wrong side of each placemat, stack the placemats with right sides together. Clip together at sides and bottom.

DIY placemat tote bag

Sew along the sides and across the bottom edge using a 3/8” seam allowance. Take care to backstitch at the start and stop. You don’t want your produce spilling out as you wander the farmer’s market!

DIY placemat tote bag

Flip your bag right side out and define the corners with your fingers or a knitting needle. Fill with all your stuff and enjoy!

DIY placemat tote bag

I’ve made quite a few of these upcycled placemat bags over the years. When the kids were little, they each had one hanging in their rooms to keep track of library books.

DIY placemat tote bag

We made some upcycled placemat bags for teachers as nice end of the year teacher gifts that were always a big hit. I have sold many of these upcycled placemat tote bags at craft fairs and markets.

Now, a stash of these bags lives in the car as back-up bags for the grocery store, farmers market or trips to the thrift store. I’d love to see how you use your new DIY Placemat Tote Bag, share below.

DIY placemat tote bag

Happy Sewing!

Joanne

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