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DIY Placemats From Shopping Bags

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I have been wanting to try my hand at DIY placemats from those Home Goods/Marshall’s/TJMaxx shopping bags for some time now and finally spotted a couple of bags I knew I would use! Full disclosure here, I tried a few different methods and managed to melt one bag and waste some seam binding when my final result turned out to be much quicker and easier!
Time: 45 Minutes Cost: $10.00 Difficulty: Easy
  • diy placemats from shopping bags
Head out to your local store that sells these shopping bags made from recycled plastic bottles and pick up those you want to use for your placemats.  The variety changes all of the time and they have seasonal patterns, too!
  • diy placemats from shopping bags
I chose these fun ALOHA bags to set a fun luau-themed table for some summertime fun.  I purchased two bags for .99 each which will make four placemats.  
  • diy placemats from shopping bags
Open up your bag and go to work with a seam ripper or a pair of scissors and remove all of the seams along the sides of your bag.  
  • diy placemats from shopping bags
I learned that many of the bags are made differently, but for this one, I needed to cut the bottom off.  Trim it as shown and you will be left with this.  You will then want to cut the top edge with the handle off of the bag.  I like to use a rotary cutter for this project, it flies through the bags.
  • diy placemats from shopping bags
Take a piece of  12″ x 18″ stiff felt, (I bought mine at Joann's and used a 50% off coupon) spray it with a spray adhesive and lay it on the back side of your bag and begin to press firmly.  You will then want to fold the edges of the bag over the edges of the felt.  I used a very little bit of hot glue to seal down my edges.  If you are patient, you can also use craft glue, just put something heavy on your edges and wait for it to dry completely.
  • diy placemats from shopping bags
  • diy placemats from shopping bags
You will want to be very exact with your corners.  I find it it best to trim a bit of the excess bag before folding the corner.  I secured the corner and the edges with a very little bit of hot glue.  Make sure your hot glue is not too hot or you will melt your bag.  (Guess why I know this!!!)
  • diy placemats from shopping bags
Use a second sheet of the stiff felt, spray it with the adhesive and stick it firmly to the back of your placemat and you will be finished!  I found some brands of adhesive needed a little bit of help, and added a little bit of hot glue to secure the back to my placemats.
  • diy placemats from shopping bags
Your placemats will be complete, like mine! You can easily wipe these off with a damp cloth and use them again and again! Make a set for the holidays or for everyday to match your kitchen decor!

Materials I used for this project:

  • Shopping Bags   (Home Goods)
  • Spray Adhesive   (I had on hand)
  • Hot Glue   (I had on hand)
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To see more: http://celebrateanddecorate.com/diy-placemats-shopping-bags/

  • Marilyn Zaruba
    Marilyn Zaruba Frisco, TX
    on Jun 16, 2017

    Very cute and very clever. If you can't find the bags you like, you can always order some of the cute oil cloth they have online in a hundred patterns. Walmart used to carry oilcloth, but don't know if they still do or not.

  • Donna Hurder
    Donna Hurder
    on Jun 16, 2017

    very creative!!! I think these would make a fun activity to do with my grandson and granddaughter.

  • Catherine woods
    Catherine woods Anchorage, AK
    on Jun 21, 2017

    I think these are beautiful! I love everything your're doing! I might try this! I love watching the video it is very informative.

  • Crystal Rowe Schafer
    Crystal Rowe Schafer
    on Jul 18, 2017

    I thought maybe I would try to cover some chairs at my library. I thought they would be easy to wash off. Prescott Iowa

  • Susan Coker
    Susan Coker Lewiston, ME
    on Aug 2, 2017

    great idea. I hoard all my bags it will be hard for me to cut up my bags.

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