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« on: December 21, 2007 07:12:57 PM »

Yes, I work in a fabric shop. My boss, who I do adore, is a true business woman. When she gets free fabric samples from stores that want her to buy, she sells them for $4 each.

And I buy them, with my 20% discount.
And I quilt them.

And I make a colorful travel bag, for $3.20. I wish it had been free, but you've gotta admit, that's inexpensive.
  It's based off of the pattern found at http://dragoknit.blogspot.com/2007/02/box-bag-tutorial.html. I just made it bigger and replaced the interfacing with batting.

I only wish I could find some way to make it keep it's shape better. Can you use both interfacing AND batting?

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« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2007 07:20:48 PM »

Your bag looks great. I especially like the handles.
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2007 08:21:09 PM »

Looks great!!

Have you tried using lightweight interfacing and fusible fleece together? That should help keep the shape and give a little bulk.
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« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2007 08:30:06 PM »

Can you use both interfacing AND batting?

certainly you can, why ever not? but why are you using batting at all i wonder? what about fusing some stiff interfacing onto the quilted fabric and lining the bag? that way you could hide the seams inside as well. it's pretty easy to do if you haven't tried it already.

i love a bargain too and while i'm thrilled that you got your hands on a stash of nice fabric for so little money i gotta say, having worked in retail myself for many years, it's a little unscrupulous for your boss to be making a profit on something that isn't for retail sale. you might want to keep mum about that, if the company who sent the fabric found out, i doubt they'd be pleased Undecided.

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« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2007 11:03:01 PM »

thats cute!!

I know my local fabric store sells the fabric samples when the fabric itself is no longer available to buy.... i've found some culte little pieces, but I usually use them to applique, may have to try this....

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