This craft tutorial is the perfect sewing project for beginners, it shows you how to take a dollar tree placemat and turn it into a cute little clutch purse.
What you need
Thread (match color of mat)
Small Piece Of Velcro
Stick Pins or Sewing Clips
Sewing Machine (or needle if sewing by hand)
Step 1: Sew a small piece of velcro about 1/4 inch down from one end of the mat. I did it just under the seam already on the mat. You want it to be in the center and on the wrong side of the fabric/mat if your mat has a difference in sides.
Step 2: Fold the other end up toward the velcro end. Line it up so that the velcro part folds over it by a few inches. Pin the sides of the bottom fold to hold it in place.
Step 3: Use a pin to mark where the bottom of the velcro is on the bottom fold. Then line the other piece of velcro up just above that pin and pin in place. This time the velcro will be on the right side of the fabric.
Step 4: Unpin the sides to make it easier to sew. Sew the velcro in place.
Step 5: Now fold that bottom back up so the two pieces of velcro lock together. Pin the sides again. Then un velcro the pieces and sew down each side with about 1/4 inch or less of a seam allowance. Be sure to do a backstitch at the start and finish.