Natalie from Hungry Hippie showed us how to make Rip + Strip Placemats (plus the companion tutorial at Hungry Hippie for a sweet mini-quilt or wall hanging version utilizing the same technique). Now she has an Easy Scrap Bin tutorial so you can organize and use your scraps!

Natalie is at Hungry Hippie, and on Facebook and Instagram. Take a look at all of the wonderful sewing!


  • 20 Gauge Vinyl (available online or in craft shops)
  • Teflon Foot (or use tissue paper method)
  • Wonder Clips
  • Marking Pen
  • 1 Package Extra-Wide Double Fold Binding

1. Cut two pieces of vinyl (20 gauge thickness, available at Joann Fabrics and online here) 13″ x 13″.

2. Place the two pieces together and clip around three edges. Sew along these edges with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave the top open. Use a Teflon foot so there is no sticking, or the tissue paper tip.*

*Tip: If you don’t have a Teflon sewing foot, you can use tissue paper. Just place it on top of the vinyl and sew right over the layers. Rip the tissue away after sewing!

3. All three sides are sewn, so now let’s make the boxed corners! Take the side and the bottom seams and match them together to form the shape pictured.

Use Wonder Clips to hold in place, and measure from the tip of the triangle 3″. Make a mark. Sew on this line, back stitching at the beginning and end.

You MIGHT want to make a little snip in the corner edge to help facilitate this step.

4. Repeat for opposite side and then trim the corners off.

5. Turn right sides out. This will feel weird and a little sticky but no worries, it works. If you are struggling, sit beside a radiator to keep the vinyl warm-ish; it will turn better. Push every little bit of each corner out, you might want to use the end of a knitting needle or a pencil to help.

6. Prepare to enclose the top edge of the container with the binding. I used loads of clips to hold it in place while I sewed along the edge. Make sure to put the slightly narrower edge facing out (toward you) so that both edges are sewn easily at the same time.

That’s it! You are totally finished. Great work!