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« on: February 05, 2007 02:59:49 PM »

So I made myself a great bag for school.  I couldn't find the right fabric (how hard is it to find a black & white stripe fabric?  Apparently, very hard.) but I did find a tanktop at Wal-Mart that was perfect.  So I used it as my starting point.

It has a flat bottom because I sewed in a piece of vinyl to give some shape and support.  Since it was a tanktop, I used the natural side seams of the shirt to be center side-seams on the bag.  It is lined with a plain white cotton fabric, and is pretty much in the "tote bag" family as far as construction goes.

I ADORE this bag... but it's super floppy.  Even when there's books in it, it tends to slouch and slide everywhere.  It's really inconvenient (not to mention it's cute, but when it's all flopped over you can't see how cute it is.)  I really really REALLY don't want to have to tear the whole thing apart and start over, so I'm hoping there's another idea for how to make this thing a little more sturdy and less prone to flopping over.

Any ideas, folks? =>  I'm wondering if lining it again with a different kind of fabric might help..?  I think I could get away with just ripping off the inside pocket, reattach the pocket to the new liner, and then re-lining it... but I'm a newbie as far as sewing and fabrics go, so I have no clue!
Thanks for any help in advance!

(Edit: I did read this post a little bit down -> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=149843.0 <- but wasn't sure if we're asking the same question/if the same answers could apply to me.  It's not a strength issue for me, just a make-the-fabric-stop-falling-over! issue...)
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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2007 09:02:34 AM »

Did you use a stiff heavy weight interfacing?  If not and you want to re line it.  Interface the lining and see if that helps.  What type of fabric is the tank top?
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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2007 09:21:44 PM »

yeah. you never want to use to stretch fabric for purse. i have a bag that i made from an old t shirt and i used a stiff fabric on the inside. you you dont then yeah, it will sag and flop like you say your bag is doing.
so i would reline it with a sturdier fabric.
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2007 07:56:59 AM »

I had this problem with my irst ever bag that I made a few weeks ago. My most recent bag however was different, I bought some fusible interfacing and ironed it to the fabric (not the lining though.. I don't know which you're meant to attatch it to.. but I did it to the bag fabric!)

Anywho, it's strong and sturdy, and it doesn't flop all over the place like my last one Cheesy

the interfacing cost me like.. 1.50 from my fabric shop. just ask.

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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2007 10:44:34 PM »

one trick without having to cut it open and take it apart is to get some plastic canvas. Cut it to the size of your bottom where you want the strength. Then wrap it in the same lining fabric and glue that into the bottom of the purse where you need it.
You could also use artist canvas board for painting. I don't think that's the actual name of it but I used it to make a brief case once and it worked really well for me. In this case I sewed it in between two layers of fabric and then used bias tape to finish the edges.
You actually could construct a square or rectangle of the size of your bag and then insert that inside your tank material and that should give it the shape and stength you need as well.
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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2007 02:25:25 PM »

Interfacing is the way to go, for sure. When I first started making handbags, they would flop all over just like that. But I got heavyweight craft iron-on interfacing, and I face every bit of fabric that I sew together, and now all my bags stand at attention. Smiley

Also, just wanted to mention that making a purse out of a tank is a great idea! I wonder if you got a wide-strapped tank, maybe you could just convert the straps into bag handles! How awesome!
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