DIY Seashell Placemat Purse

diy seashell placemat purse by Jenny Bess of Sweet Teal

What if I told you that you can make a purse out of almost anything? Well, my friend, I’m pretty convinced you can. When I saw these placemats, I immediately knew I wanted to make a purse out of them. Thus, the DIY placemat purse was crafted. I’ll probably only be making purses out of placemats from now on…

Prep Itdiy placemat purse supplies

Do Itdiy placemat purse fold

step one

Line up the placemats together then fold the tops down and out. Flatten them to create a crease.

diy placemat purse sew mats togetherdiy seashell placemat purse fold sew

step two

Sew the placemats together around the half circle border and sew a little piece of each flap down.

diy seashell placemat purse handles

step three

Sew the handles onto the purse, sewing one ring at a time and making sure they all are at the same height.

diy seashell placemat purse up close

step four

Place the seashells in a pattern you like then glue each down, one by one, and let dry.

diy seashell placemat purse by Jenny Bess of Sweet Teal diy seashell placemat purse side view

Seriously, how freakin’ cute is this bag?! It’s sturdy too! I’ve been wearing it nonstop since I made it a week ago. I love how unique it is and how you wouldn’t guess that I made it out of placemats right off the bat. I think this placemat purse was a very successful DIY. Plus, it’s a lot cheaper than most purses.

If you’d like to see other purses I’ve made (not out of placemats) you can go here and here for the tutorials. See more of my outfit from these photos here.

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diy seashell placemat purse by Jenny Bess of Sweet Teal



  1. March 22, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    What a great idea! The purse looks amazing!

    • Jenny Bess
      March 23, 2017 / 10:24 am

      Thank you! 🙂

  2. March 22, 2017 / 5:46 pm

    This is so cute! It’s incredible to see such creative craftsmanship out there, and this was no exception! I would have never thought of this, and it turned out super cute!

    • Jenny Bess
      March 23, 2017 / 10:25 am

      Thank you so much Kyrstie! I’m glad you enjoyed! I love finding different ways to make things. 🙂

  3. March 26, 2017 / 1:18 pm

    So cute! It is unique and great for summer. Thank you for sharing at Link It Up Wednesday!

    • Jenny Bess
      March 27, 2017 / 12:12 pm

      Thanks! I’ll definitely be using this purse all summer. 🙂

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