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« on: November 17, 2006 08:13:45 AM »

Aside from interfacing, what do you guys use to keep a clutch from being floppy?  I've tried the stiffest interfacing I can find, and it works for a while but it tends to get a bit floppy after using the clutch a few times.  I normally put a thin piece of MDF in the bottoms of my totes to keep the bottom from sagging, but MDF is too much for a little clutch.

Any other suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2006 08:53:13 AM »

My handbag design teacher uses the buckram used for hats - there are lighter weight ones for sewing but they aren't much heavier than interfacing.  If you use the buckram, you might want to bind the edges - the edge sometimes pokes through woven fabrics.  I've also got a stash of other materials mounting in my workroom that I'm going to experiment with - a piece of canvas from the local art shop, some thin foamy material salvaged from a package of moving materials, old sails from the boat club....if anything works particularly well, I'll share it here!
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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2006 09:57:58 AM »

Wow!  Thanks!  You know, your post just inspired me to try out the canvas board that you can pick up cheap at any art supply store.  I have a hand saw at home that would cut through it.  I'm gonna have to give this a try!

Thanks for sharing!  I appreciate the help.
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« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2006 09:58:41 AM »

I use timtex or peltex. They're interfacing but very stiff!
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« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2006 10:02:33 AM »

Thanks, Batgirl.  I can't seem to find it around here, but I might just order some online.

Thanks for the help!
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« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2006 05:24:04 PM »

Try needlepoint canvas.

Like this:  http://cgi.ebay.com/HUGE-LOT-of-Needlepoint-PLASTIC-CANVAS-Sheets-85_W0QQitemZ190051137740QQihZ009QQcategoryZ3107QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item190051137740

You can cut it with scissors and sew through it, but it will provide structure.  I use it on the bottoms of my bags.  If I really want it stiff I use two layers.
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« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2006 04:09:46 PM »

Oh cool!  You know, I was at the craft store today and had this needlepoint stuff in my hand.  I wondered if it would be stiff enough, and instead of just paying the little bit of money it cost, I put it back and decided against it.  If you think it'll work well, I'll give it a go.

Thanks for the input everyone!
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