Placemat bags are super easy, and be really cute, and did I mention, super easy! I am not a crafty person, I’ve tried to be crafty and I enjoy the craftiness of others, but I am not one of the thinkers. I don’t have the talent of looking at something and making it into something better. My husband on the other hand is a thinker and after being married to my husband for 9 years, he had taught me a lot about thinking out of the box, and looking at how things are made and making them your own.
I came from a family that didn’t “make” very many things. My mom was a good cook but she never really got into crafting. My dad is a person who buys everything from the store. He grew up on a farm but he never showed us how to grow our own food, or think out of the box on how things were made. If something broke then you go to the store and buy a new one, there is no pulling things apart to try to get it to work. They both just don’t really think like that. Both my parents think differently then my husband when it comes to putting things together and getting things to work. My husband is always trying to figure out things are done or a more efficient way of doing things. So it has taken me some time (still working on it) but I’m starting to slowly see the world a little differently then what is right in front of me, and its been kind of fun! Trying to look at things as a starting point instead of an end. I try to look at things to see if something can be made from it, or better from it. Its pretty hard, its a totally different way of thinking. Its pretty fun to get those “creative eyes” working and seeing things for their potential. Anyways, thats how the placemat bags are, because you take something that was designed for another purpose and you make it your own, to suit your purpose.
Ribbon(for the handles)
Any embellishments your heart desires
The first thing I do it make sure whatever embellishments I would like are going to work. If you want a pocket on the front of the bad this is a good time to add, or buttons. It gets harder to add all of those things later. Then I add the Ribbon for the handles next. I just match them up and pin them down. I sew the handles and the embellishments on next. The last thing I do is fold the placemat in half and sew two straight lines ups each side to close it up. There you have it, and super cute, simple little bag.
I make these relatively often. They are easy little church bags for my kids, the kids really like them. These bags do a good job of cutting down all the things the kids want to bring with them to church, because they are pretty small. It also helps keep my hands free because then they can take all their little activities and scriptures with them, and I don’t have to hold everything! They are also so easy that it doesn’t bother me as much when my kids destroy them. When I make something that the kids don’t take care of, or leave around to get destroyed then it tends to bother me, but with a project this simple it doesn’t bother me as much(still bothers me when they don’t take care of things)!
The moral of the story is that looking at the world the way its made is a better way of living, use and reuse things for different purposes, and think outside of the box! Its amazing you can have so many lessons on just one small little bag, right?! Some people are naturally able to see things differently and others have to really work on it. It is a talent, and it really does take a lot of work, but what a wonderful world that we live in to be able to think and grow and learn! So if at first you don’t succeed(then you are like me:)) just keep trying. Keep working and things will get easier! If you have questions please email me.