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Easy DIY Tote Bag from Dollar Store Placemats (Video Tutorial)

How to sew a tote bag from placemats
How to make a bag from placemats
This post is April’s Dollar Store Design Squad challenge and I'm so stoked with just how fabulous this project came out. I mean, I thought it would work out, but the actual finished project is so much nicer than I actually thought it would be.. (oh, should I be admitting that out loud?)

This tote bag is actually made from dollar store PLACEMATS. Yep, those are placemats, and the entire project only took a few minutes and cost about 4 dollars!  (Nice right?!)
How to sew a tote bag with dollar store placemats

This tote is the perfect size for the pool or a trip the library, and since the placemats are so nice and thick, I know it will stand up to a lot of wear and tear! I thought it would be a great teacher gift with a few summer treats for the end of school.
Dollar store placemat tote bag
I wanted to demonstrate EXACTLY how easy it was. And by easy I mean it LITERALLY took me under 4 minutes to put the entire thing together, start to finish, so I made of video of the entire process.   You can stitch right along with me.. it is THAT easy!
You can also watch a high resolution ad-free version of this tutorial on my YouTube Channel.


Dollar store placemats for totebags

  • 2 woven dollar store cotton placemats. I found them in red, blue and black at my dollar tree.
  • 2 (26 inch) lengths of 1-inch wide woven nylon or cotton webbing.  (I got mine at the craft store in the “belting” section. Near the elastic and notions.) You can get it in a huge variety of colors, but I just chose white since I wanted it to show up in the video.

Nylon webbing for tote bag handles
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine  


The Video walks you through the entire process but basically you just sew up three sides of the placemat and add straps.  That is all there is to it.  Even the most novice of sewist could tackle this one. It would be a great learning project for kids too since it is all straight lines!
Placemat totebag tutorial

If you make your own version of this project I’d love to see it in the comments..

How to sew a tote bag from two dollar store placemats. A video tutorial to make a tote bag in only 5 minutes.

Plus don’t forget to visit the other beautiful spring projects submitted for this month’s Dollar Store Design Squad challenge.

Spring Dollar Store Project Ideas

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