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Shyx
« on: July 16, 2006 12:10:49 AM »

I'm just interested to see what people use for their hard bottom inserts and where they get them from

eg cardboard from recycled boxes etc
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« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2006 07:14:55 AM »

I actually use corrugated plastic. I use a spray adhesive and adhere it to the inside of the exterior before placing the lining in. The insert is permanently adhered and sandwiched within the bag itself. All my bags are able to stand on their own with this method. Good luck experimenting.

Sample:
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« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2006 05:31:35 PM »

I've used plastic canvas and either covered it with lining to be removed or attached it to the seam allowance before applying the lining.  Not very creative but easy to find and easy to cut to shape.
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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2006 06:03:25 AM »

I've used cardboard from a cereal box and covered it with fabric that matches the inside of the purse or bag. I like to make mine removable in case it gets dirty or I spill a drink in it, then I can just make another one.
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« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2006 08:27:25 AM »

I use plastic canvas but I've been meaning to look for the corrorgated plastic because it sounds cool.
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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2006 08:30:55 AM »

If you permanantly adhere it to the bottom of the lining how do you finish the top of your bag?? I am still trying to perfect the best way to put in a bottom. Anyone, please help!!
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« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2006 04:00:06 PM »

If you permanently adhere it to the bottom of the lining how do you finish the top of your bag?? I am still trying to perfect the best way to put in a bottom. Anyone, please help!!

Depending on the purse I have two ways of attaching the hard bottom insert.
1.  When I apply the lining I will leave part of either the side seam or bottom seam open (much like you would the sleeve lining in a jacket).  I always cover the hard bottom with lining fabric.  I will then insert the hard bottom through the portion of the open seam and tack it in place at the seam allowances of the fashion fabric.  I will also tack the lining to the seam allowance of the fashion fabric so it doesnt pull out when contents are taken out of the purse.  Once everything is tacked in place I go back and close up the portion of the side seam left open.  I usually do this my machine mostly because I dont like hand sewing ;-).
2.  The other way I will attach the hard bottom is by using snaps.  I will put 2-4 snaps on the covered bottom insert.  I put the other 2-4 snap pieces on the lining.  This way it stays in place but can be removed if needed for cleaning.

Hope this helps.

Good Luck!
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stacysews
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2006 04:44:18 PM »

I use plastic canvas too.  But I have seen premade plastic inserts (very sturdy) for purses.  I've contemplated buying one for a purse that I'd get a lot of use out of, but I change bags so often, I'm not sure that it's worth it.
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« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2006 12:47:25 AM »

I use plastic canvas too.  But I have seen premade plastic inserts (very sturdy) for purses.  I've contemplated buying one for a purse that I'd get a lot of use out of, but I change bags so often, I'm not sure that it's worth it.
Do you remember where you saw the pre-made inserts or where a person can get the corrugated plastic.  I've seen it used for US postal crates but I doubt I could purchase them from USPS, lol.
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« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2006 06:06:28 AM »

They are called Bag E Bottoms:

http://lazygirldesigns.com/bag-e-bottoms.php

I know that you can get them on the (above) website and some other online retailers.  I had seen some in (of all places) several local quilt shops. 
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« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2006 06:33:42 PM »

I'm really cheap.  I use those grid-type plastic sheets that are for needlepoint.  You can buy the sheets for like 10 cents each.  I just cut to size, which is especially easy because of the built in grid!
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« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2006 05:11:54 PM »

Corrugated plastic can be purchased at Blick's http://www.dickblick.com/zz132/00/ and it cuts like butter.

I first create the exterior, then I use spray adhesive on the insert (corrugated plastic) to adhere to the bottom. Then the interior lining can be attached. The plastic is not only adhered to the fabric itself, but is also sandwiched between the exterior and interior fabrics.
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« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2012 04:45:51 PM »

I found this site for bottom inserts!! Smiley

http://www.creatorsgateway.com/Purse_Bottom_Board_p/b.htm

Many sizes and great prices!!
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« Reply #13 on: July 06, 2012 05:38:22 PM »


I made a messenger bag for my partner and used part of an old flexible chopping board (cut to size). They're approx. A3 size and I can get a pack of 4 at the bargain store for $2. I actually made a pocket for it so that it is removable. The craftster post -> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=409696.0
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« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2012 07:36:21 AM »

Check out the political signs that are sprouting like weeds right now. After the elections these are great a great source of plastic, hard bottoms. Rigid sheets for all kinds of projects....and free.
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« Reply #15 on: March 03, 2013 10:39:05 AM »

Thin disposable cutting boards when they're 'used' up.
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« Reply #16 on: July 03, 2013 01:49:24 PM »

For the bottom of my bags I use EVA foam which can be bought as a cheap camping or exercise mat. Easy to cut and sturdy enough without being too rigid.
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