DIY: Quick and Easy Holiday Gift Tutorials and Another Giveaway


Whoa, it’s December 1st already and you do-it-yourselfers know what THAT means……..only twenty fours days left to make all of your holiday gifts.

Da-da-ta-da-ta-da! The Renegade Seamstress to the rescue. 🙂

Throughout December, I’ll be posting quick, easy and inexpensive DIY gift tutorials as my gift to you.

The first project is one that will literally only take you minutes to complete, and someone on your gift list is sure to love!


You can make this clutch purse from any placemat. Most thrift stores have hundreds of these hanging along their walls making the design possibilities endless.


Just fold it in thirds and stitch around all the edges.


Choose the perfect button.


Attach the button to the clutch front.


And. You. Are. Finished!


Seeing as it IS the season of giving, and you have all been so supportive of my sewing adventures, I’d like to give this away to one of you, too. Just pin this tutorial to one of your Pinterest boards and leave a comment below and your name will be entered into the drawing. I will announce the winner next Saturday, December 7th. Good luck and thank you!!!

Speaking of giveaways…..

Congratulations to Laura Hinckley Burghorn, the winner of the Foldover Blanket Clutch. Click here for the tutorial for this quick, easy and inexpensive DIY holiday gift.


Now, for those of you who can’t find the time to make things for everyone on your list, but would still like to give a handmade holiday gift, I still have a few Smittens left in my etsy shop.


Happy Holidays!!!


About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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72 Responses to DIY: Quick and Easy Holiday Gift Tutorials and Another Giveaway

  1. Anonymous says:

    Love the simplicity and ease….thank you for this….it is sweet and fun, even if I don’t get around to he work!

  2. Ingrid says:

    I’d love a wine bag tutorial. Happy Holidays.

  3. Love the clutch from a placemat idea, you are literally a genius!

  4. Patty says:

    Pinned to my sewing board! Would love to be your giveaway winner!! Love your work 🙂

  5. I pinned the placemat clutch to my “I like it” board!

  6. Pat B says:

    What a lovely clutch! Who woulda thunk?

  7. I wish you could see me laughing and jumping after I read your email post!!! First, the placemat clutch is a perfect project for me- I might have a slight problem with collections, especially dinner linens! And as I read down the post I found out- I WON the fold over blanket clutch!!! So much good news in one post!!!! Thank you for the perfect way to start my December!

  8. Chelsea says:

    Love the clutch idea! Pinned and going out this week to pick out some placemats. Thanks!! (And hoping I win that beauty!)

  9. Marcia d says:

    What a great idea! A-thrifting-I-will-go, to-find-a-placemat-to-sew……
    Oh, and I pinned the directions on one of my boards.

  10. Siria says:

    This just gives me another thing to look out for while I’m strolling the local goodwill. When I find the perfect place mat, I WILL be doing this. It can’t get any easier than sewing along the edge!! My kinda craft/diy thing. Thanks.

  11. Love them Beth! Another idea for my list!
    Happy Holidays!

  12. Jo H. says:

    I’ve seen this idea before but NEVER so beautifully executed. Somehow it’s the same with everything you make, Beth. You have such a great eye for colours and textures that take “good” to “great”. Nice!

  13. JoAnn Hyde says:

    Pinned to my purses/bags board. Love your work, it is inspiring!

  14. Anonymous says:

    You have just saved some of my lonely place Matt’s from the island of misfits. You rock! Thanks Penny

  15. Sue says:

    I pinned the white clutch tutorial to my Sewing board on Pinterest….love it! Great idea. I have a question though….is there a snap that was sewn under the button or is the button just decorative? Just wondering…..

  16. diane davidson says:

    I’m adding quilted placemats to my already long thrift store shopping list! I can just hear my husband muttering, “Oh joy and Hallelujah. (minus any enthusiasm!) I’m pinning both clutch tutorials right now! Thanks for all the work you do to share with all of us!

  17. Carole says:

    Looks so easy and fun. I definitely need to make these for the ladies on my list!

  18. Jean C. says:

    One of my DD’s would love that clutch! I know, I could make one myself… but time can be an issue
    sometimes…. fingers crossed! Thanks…

  19. amy says:

    Your clutches are SO cute! May have to make a few as gifts for Christmas this year myself! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  20. Debbie Flack says:

    I can’t believe how easy this is for something so cute! Another reason to go to the local thrift shops! 🙂

  21. I’m excited to see all your quick ideas for gifts!

  22. Love this clutch…what a way to upcycle

  23. esfontana says:

    Just found your site from Pinterest and I have to say I love your ideas on upcycling sweaters and things! What a brill idea on the placemat clutch!

  24. Sarah M says:

    Definitely pinned this! What a great idea to scan a thrift store for some fun placemats. I love shopping at Goodwill!

  25. Amy says:

    I pinned this, it is a great idea! I can’t wait to go to the thrift shop tomorrow!

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  27. Gina S. says:

    Pin this. Love how quick and easy for last minute gifts!

  28. Robin D says:

    I love the placemat clutch. I would have never thought to make a clutch out of a placemat. I pinned it to my craft board. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

  29. Kathryn Knox says:

    I love the way your mind works, so many great ideas. Me, not so much. Definitely pinned this one. Thanks for this chance.

  30. devadesiree says:

    Consider it pinned. These are beautiful ideas, and your tutorial is easy to follow. Thanks!

  31. Lu Ann says:

    Looks like so much fun and SO many choices out there – especially during the holidays!

  32. Cobwebsmom says:

    So lovely! So simple! Pinned this to my Sewing Inspiration board!

  33. I just love it all! The clutch is so pretty and bright white!

  34. Stefany says:

    What?! That is Amazing! Thank goodness I have found your blog. What took me so long????

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