Who doesn’t love a cute tote bag, I know I do and so do my kids. I headed to the Dollar Store recently and grabbed a few supplies to make this placemat bag. I intended to use it for my own purposes but as soon as my little one saw it she claimed it as her own. I don’t blame her, it’s really cute. I know I will be making a few more of these in the near future. Watch how easy these are to make then check out a few more Dollar Store accessories you can make from some of my favorite bloggers.
I was walking through the Dollar Store, there to pick up a few necessities, when I spotted a set of placemats near some summer tote bags. Inspiration struck and I knew I wanted to make my own tote bag. I walked a few more aisles and found some cute lanyards that would make the perfect handles. With just these 2 supplies I headed home to make an easy placemat bag.
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Watch how to make a Dollar Store Placemat Bag
- Cotton placemats
- Ribbon lanyard
- Sewing machine – this is the one I use, great heavy duty machine at a budget price
- Stencil – I made mine, you could also freehand some words
First, I sewed the placemats right sides together around 3 sides then turned the bag inside out to add the handels.
Next, I cut the clips off the lanyard to make 2 equal pieces of ribbon for the placemat bag. Then I sewed the ribbon to the bag using an X pattern for a secure hold.
Finally, to decorate the bag I cut a cardstock stencil and used a Sharpie to trace the letters, filling them in for a bold and fun look.
I fully intended to use the placemat bag to tote around my laptop and planner when I work outside my office, but it was quickly snatched up by my 4 year old. She made it her official t-ball bag and she is sporting it proudly. I will be headed back to the Dollar Store for 2 more placemats and a lanyard. The color combinations on this placemat bag are endless, I can go with patterned placemats and fun handles and customize the words however I want. I see fun projects ahead.
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I’d love to hear about your most recent Dollar Store project.
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