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IKEA Hack #1: How to turn IKEA Soare Place Mats into a Spring Bag

Hello and welcome back!

Remember when I told you Spring has sprung? Well, I am not so sure anymore. It has been rainy and windy (really windy) and cold. The kids are so uneased and tired from school and the unsettled weather. However, I keep my Spring vibes and creativity.

I have had this idea for quite a long time, but never actually put it into action. Spring cleaning brought me along some cotton cord leftovers and a leather handle I didn’t use. Then I had an epiphany! I knew exactly what to do. So, I put the kids to sleep, made myself some tea (and a biscuit) and there it is. I’m going to enjoy this bag so much this Summer!  

Come along for a quick and easy “how to” project.


For this project you will need:

  • 2 round place mats. I used the Ikea SOARE place mats made of water hyacinth.
  • Chunky yarn of your choice. I used a thick cotton cord for bags and macramé. I recommend that you use a yarn with minimum elasticity to keep your bag in shape.
  • A crochet hook matching the yarn of your choice. I used a wooden 8.5 mm hook.
  • 4 stitch markers
  • Scissors
  • Darning needle
  • Tape Measure
  • A long leather handle with hooks (provisionally)

Abbreviations (US Terms)

SC: Single Crochet

BLOSC: Back Loop Only Single Crochet

Sl St(s): Slip Stitch(es)

St(s): Stitch(es)

Ch: Chain

SM: Stitch Marker

How to make the bag

Step 1

To begin you will need to place your hook through the outer round of chains of the place mat and make a first SC. As you will see in the picture below, I have made 3 SCs per chain for an even amount of stitches around the place mat.

Repeat this pattern all around the place mat and end with a Sl.St.

Step 2

For the next round you will work SC through the Back Loop Only (BLOSC).

This will give the bag a basket like edge.

Work BLOSC all around and end with a Sl.St. Cut off your yarn and weave in the tails. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 for the other place mat.

Step 3

Now it’s time to join the two placemats.

I joined them with a simple Sl.St. because it gives a flatter result. You could through the outer loops of each place mat for a seamless result, but the bottom of the bag would be less strong, so I wouldn’t recommend it.

The perimetre of the bag is approximately 125cm (49in). Of course, this will vary depending on the yarn you used. Now, bare in mind that you will have to leave an opening for the bag, of about 35cm (approximately 13in). Place a SM on the first Sl. St. and another SM 35cm (13in) away. Sl.St to join the 2 mats for the longer distance between the 2 SMs. When you reach your 2nd SM cut off your yarn leaving a tail and weave in the ends.

Your bag should look like this

At this point, you can either place the leather handle or any other handle you have decided to use or make two crochet handles for your bag. Or both!

Step 4

Take the 4 SM and do as follows. Count the stitches of your opening and divide them by 3. In my case the stitches were 45 that is 3 sets of 15 stitches. The handles I made where attached to the middle 15 stitches. Count 15 stiches (or the number you came up with), place a SM, count 15 stitches (or again the number of stitches you have) and place the 2nd SM. Do the same thing for the other side of your bag.

Facing the RS of your bag, make 2 SC beginning from your 1st SM, ch. 15 and make 2 SC in the last 2 Sts before your 2nd SM as shown in the picture above.

Without turning your bag (facing the RS) insert your hook in the back loop of the chain and Sl.St.

Repeat until the end of the handle, Sl.St. to the 1st SC on the bottom of the handle, cut off the yarn and weave in the ends. Follow the exact same process for the other side of your bag.

You’re ready to go! I keep picturing this bag worn with a safari chemise dress and rope platforms or espadrilles. How would you dress up for this bag?

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Happy Crocheting!

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