How to Sew a Cute Placemat Panel Tote Bag

How to Sew a Cute Placemat Panel Tote Bag

The Easiest Way to Sew a Placemat Panel Tote Bag

Looking for an easy and unique tote bag pattern?

A placemat tote bag is perfect for a day out, heading to yoga or bringing snacks to your child’s sporting events. Placemat panels – they’re not just for placemats for the table!

I used my September leaves fabric and placemat designs from the Monthly Placemat Program I made for Riley Blake Designs for this tutorial.

placemat panel bag supplies

Placemat Tote Bag MATERIALS:

  • (2) images from a fabric placemat panel
  • 3/4 yard fabric for lining and handles
  • (1) 20″ x 24″ fusible fleece (Pellon 987F)
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Ironing Board
  • Rotary Cutter & Mat (optional)


In this video you will learn how to make a simple placemat tote bag from two Riley Blake placemat panels.

This is a great sewing for beginners project, gift to sew or things to sew and sell.

00:00 introduction
00:31 Supplies
01:00 Choosing a placemat design
01:33 Prepare the placemat panels
02:00 Pin and sew panels
02:16 Cut lining fabric
03:00 Fuse the fleece to lining
03:24 Sew outside and lining fabrics
05:41 Press seams open
05:47 Make bag handles
06:34 Clip handles to lining
07:55 Clip lining and outer fabrics together
09:21 Sew bag together
10:37 Push lining inside outer fabric
10:57 Topstitch to finish
11:17 Finished tote bags from a fabric placemat panel

I’ve designed placemat panels for every month of the year and many other themes so you could make placemat tote bags for every occasion! I’d love to see what you create so be sure to tag me if you post your creation on Instagram.

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🧵 Tara Reed


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