Tote Bag Upcycle from $1 Placemats

Tote Bag Upcycle from $1 Placemats

You can make this tote bag upcycle from two, $1 placemats in about 10 minutes! This is another super easy and frugal sewing project that is perfect for beginners. The tote bag is a good size for everyday use. I love to throw a few toys and snacks in it for an afternoon at the park. It’s a great size for carrying craft projects like knitting or crocheting too. Let’s get started because it might take longer to read this post than it will to make the bag!

Placemat to Tote Bag Upcycle Supplies:

Placemat to Tote Bag $1 Upcycle Easy Sewing Project

The woven placemats can be purchased at your local dollar store. If you are going with stripes, you might want to see how they line up together while still at the store. I’m not picky about that sort of thing, but I know some folks who are. I think mismatched stripes add to its character. Solids and stripes where the only options at my dollar store location, but there are some fun colors and patterns available on Amazon too, like these.

How to Make a Tote Bag Upcycle from $1 Placemats


Placemat to Tote Bag $1 Upcycle Easy Sewing Project

Stack the placemats on top of one another with ride sides together, if your placemats have and wrong and right side. Mine were identical on either side. Take care to line up the stripes or other pattern at this point as well. Then sew three sides together. The side not sewn will be the opening of the tote back. I chose to leave the longer side open for a more traditional look. Leaving one of the short sides open would make a longer bag ideal for books and magazines. I just thought of that. I need to make another one!Placemat to Tote Bag $1 Upcycle Easy Sewing Project

Open the bag and flatten it so that the bottom seam meets the side seam. Measure 2″ from the point where the seams meet and sew across. If you would like a wider base for your tote bag, sew 2.5″ or 3″ from the point.


Placemat to Tote Bag $1 Upcycle Easy Sewing Project

Repeat on the other side.


Placemat to Tote Bag $1 Upcycle Easy Sewing Project

Cut off the point with scissors on both sides.


Placemat to Tote Bag $1 Upcycle Easy Sewing Project

Cut the nylon webbing into two 27″ lengths for straps. This is a comfortable length for me, but you can adjust to your liking. Place each end of the straps inside the tote bag about 2 inches below the top. Use clips to hold the straps in place.


Placemat to Tote Bag $1 Upcycle Easy Sewing Project

Sew a rectangle at the end of each strap to secure. Then turn the tote bag ride-side-out, and you’re done!


Placemat to Tote Bag $1 Upcycle Easy Sewing Project

In this photo you can see what I meant by not having the stripes line up. You can also see how boxing the points on the bottom at 2″ looks when finished.


Placemat to Tote Bag $1 Upcycle Easy Sewing Project

It’s pretty darn cute, functional, and easy for $2! I find myself reaching for this tote bag upcycle more and more each day.

Tote Bag Upcycle Placemat Easy Sewing Project

If you like this project, check out my Placemat to Apron Upcycle and this Easy 5-Minute Wash Cloth Soap Holder.

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