Believe it or not these adorable purses are made from an ordinary place mat. A friend recently showed me a purse made from a place mat and now I am a bit addicted. I will never look at a place mat the same! You may ask what are the benefits of using a place mat.... Well they are sturdy, have a great texture and the edges are all finished so the inside looks nice and clean! There is no need for a lining. The first purse is a red ribbed place mat with black acrylic handles. The handles are attached with black grosgrain ribbon that is tied in a bow on both sides. The second is a teal ribbed place mat with brown and teal flower grosgrain ribbon. The ribbon was also used as the handles. The bag measures 13.5" wide x 7.5" tall x 3" deep. These would also make a great Church scripture tote!