Can you say more about what your good selling items were? tell me about your little bags that sell for $5.00. I went to my first 'flea market' type thing yesterday and it was so awful, i make purses and did not sell a single one. This was a place people wanted cheap things. i would love to see your $5.00 bags!!
Hi Have you tried this company? http://www.sunbeltfastener.com/index.html I wrote them this morning asking about tubular purse frames and they wrote me back 'Please view on page six our half-moon style tubular frames priced per item.' I hadn't downloaded their catalog which he said to do on the home page. Maybe what you want is there? You checked Linda Ghee's website? That's what i'm looking to find a bit cheaper, but i'm not sure thats what you are looking for. Anyway- good luck! Patrice
theres a lot of recent threads here on this topic. many times you will have this problem with any fusible interfacing. I have switched to the heavier sew-in interfacing. i use a quilting basting spray for a temporary hold while i sew my bag together, this eliminates the need for basting. Works great every time so far.
Iron on vinyl for the inside? Just a thought. I've not tried it. Would be waterproof. if i use one layer of interfacing and it's not stiff enough i'll just add another layer. I like Pellon # 40 or 50 weight. Craft fuse and deco fuse are a good stiffness, probably like fuse a shade, but i had MAJOR bubbling wrinkling problems repeatedly and had to give it up. One craftster recommended Aida cloth.
I've had a lot of trouble with Craft fuse leaving major wrinkling, even tho i liked the amount of stiffness it offered. For me there wasn't another fusible that was stiff enough, so i went to sew-in. pellon makes a pretty stiff one, #40 or #50 i think. It's like $1.69 at JoAnne's. I use a quilt basting spray just to hold it in place temporarily as i sew it in, so i don't have to do a basting sewing. if you want stiff stiff stiff, you can try the new Timtex stuff, its SUPER stiff and pretty thick. Its what they use to make fabric bowls out of. I have not yet tried it, but its gotten a lot of raves from purse and hat makers. JoAnnes has a knock-off kind called....hmmm...starts with a P, i can't remember the name, peltex maybe? It sells for $5.99, you can't miss it. Fusible is convenient and wonderfully easy, but when it bubbles or wrinkles, it can ruin your whole project. I make a lot of totes and for me now i stick with the sew-in type. Different fabrics have different finishes, you never know what will or won't work. With the sew-in if i want it stiffer i add another layer, which makes it sort of cushy which is nice. Is there a JoAnn's near you? (or any bigger fabric place). Go in and look at all the interfacing and squish it and see which stiffness you want. Good luck!
Great Australian designer, this is where i got my idea for the striped tote bags. Heres a link with some of her beautiful bags. Do a Google search for more. Rachael's Crafts sells her patterns on e-bay too.
To SUSANAB I do make the lining the same exact size as the tote, which is normally 16" across and 14 1/2 " tall. When i get them all together i sew right sides together at the top edge, leaving a small space to turn right sides out. (UnLike the Jordy where you leave an opening in the bottom lining seam). I used to do it like the Jordy when I firsted started making these, but my linings didn't always match width exactly same as the tote. This way once i turn if i need to make the lining a tad smaller or wider i can do it easier. Then i iron the seams under and do another strip right at the lip around the top. These were actually matched fabrics i bought and then cut into strips, not remnants. It was like a pattern i saw by Rosalie Quinlin. Anyway thanks a million for the kind words. CRAFTSTER ROCKS!!!!