>Project ReStyle: A Wearable Placemat

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I used to have a full set of these dark olive ultra-suede placemats from Pier 1, but over the years they seem to have disappeared, one by one. I’m down to only two, and since a single pair won’t do me much good, they seemed a great candidate for a ReStyle!

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I’ve wanted to try a bib necklace for a while now, and this seemed like a good a time as any!
I started with this template from Pom Pom Emporium and traced it onto the back of the placemat with a white colored pencil and cut it out with sharp fabric scissors. 

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The placemat had several layers, so after cutting out the pattern I peeled them all away, except for the suede which became the base of the bib. 

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I have a big collection of beads from a previous jewelry-making hobby, and they came in handy for this project. If I weren’t so lazy, I’d have sewn them all on. But I am, so I hot-glued them instead in a totally random pattern.

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I’m kind of a glue gun novice (and I bought the cheapest one Joann’s had) so I ended up with spiderweb-like glue strings everywhere. I cleaned them all up, which was the most time consuming part of this whole project. 

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Using the same placemat I used for the bib, I cut out two long strips to use as neck straps. I peeled off all the layers again, using only the suede. 

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I glued the straps to the bib, and tied them up in an easy bow.

Done and done! 

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5 down, 47 to go!

Author: Keira Lennox

I'm a small town lady from the sunshine state with an affinity for bookstores, beauty counters and unfussy style. I spend my days running my flower shop, and my nights blogging about what I love and what I wear. (Or watching Netflix and drinking wine.)

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