DIY Tropical Placemat Clutches

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So creating a clutch out of a placement is an idea that has been circulating the web for a while now, but there's good reason for it. This is one of the simplest and most effective DIY projects I've ever done- and so cheap! For about $3.99, you can purchase a placemat that is already fully sewn and lined, and it's the perfect size for a clutch. I was so thrilled with the patterns and prices I found that I just couldn't choose and ended up making three different clutches! (This problem is precisely why I do crafts instead of full-priced shopping!) But the bonus is that I made all three of these in about an hour and they only cost about $20 total!

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Steps Explained:

1. Start with a placemat (or three! :) mine are the Threshold line from Target and were $3.99 each) and fold almost into thirds, leaving the top flat shorter, about 4-5 inches long.

2. Glue the sides of the bottom portion together and use the clothespins while drying to ensure a secure bond.

3. Measure and mark where the snap should go using a pencil or water soluble marker. It should be an inch or two up from the bottom of the top flap, centered. To mark the bottom snap, you could measure, but I just folded the flap over loosely and marked where the original mark touched the bottom portion. You will want the centers to match up, but you want to add some slack when folding the flap over so that the bag will still be able to snap with a wallet, keys, etc., inside.

4. For a thickly-woven fabric, you can just insert the pronged snaps and fold down the prongs. For a tightly-woven fabric, you will need to make small slits in the fabric to insert the prongs.

5. Once the snaps are affixed and the glue has dried, remove the clothespins and embellish to your heart's content! I used Martha Stewart scrapbooking flowers, beads from a souvenir bracelet, and shells that can be found at any craft store.

And there you have it! I am so excited about my new summer clutches and even more excited that I didn't have to break the bank to get them! If you like this project, let me know which one is your favorite in the comments below! I hope you're all inspired to make your own placemat clutches and give them your own personal spin!

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