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Here is a great craft idea that makes great gifts! I purchased 2 gorgeous place mats at Goodwill (2 for 99 cents) in a purple toile pattern. I placed them together and sewed around leaving an opening at the top and turned right side out. I then sewed on purchased bamboo handles (which I found on a purse I got for 50 cents at a thrift shop, I just removed the bag).
Voila! A really cool purse! You can use dollar store place mats. I am always on the lookout at Goodwill, etc for purses with these handles, a lot cheaper than buying them new. You can embellish these however you want. I have put a ribbon "rose" on one. I left this one as is because I didn't want to clash with the print.
By Carol from Landisville, PA
Approximate Time: 1 to 1/2 hours
By Judy from Jonesboro, TX
Placemats sewn together would be a great complimentary "lap robe" for someone in a wheelchair. They could sew their own or be involved in choosing the color or design that would match their clothing, as an accessory to other items they wear! The placemats are inexpensive enough and usually thick to be warm enough that a person could have as many lap robes as they want to go with different sets of clothing.
I found the placemats on sale for .50 a piece at my local Dollar General (with tax it was $4.24) and sewed them together with fishing line that I had on hand. You will want to use a needle that has a bigger eye to thread the fishing line through.
Some placemats can be used as a cover for casserole dishes. This is a guide about using placemats to make casserole dish covers.