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« on: November 21, 2008 09:09:45 AM »

I wanna make a duffle style bag from this totally rock'n tropical floral mid-weight cotton stretch fabric I have.. one problem the slight crossgrain stretch. Okay, maybe it's a bit more than "slight" but DEF no where as stretchy as jersy knits but probably as much stretch as a pair of store bought jeans or slacks (capris) that are labled "stretch", You know the type right?. The question is... Since the duffle will have a liner (probably a heavier twill or canvas) should I really worrry much about the stretch factor?

I thought this might be a suitable topic for this forum because, couldn't you sew or apply relatively stretchy (not knits, but other cotton blends and twills and such) fabric to a non stretch stabilizer i.e interfacing or canvas or duck and make it "non stretch" in a sense? Just a thought... This isn't what I plan to do with the project, but what got me thinking about the liner being the primary weight bearer and the stretch fabric not being all stretched outta wack from the contents. I hope I explained that well.

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« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2008 09:33:26 AM »

My guess is it will probably be fine.  If you weren't going to line it, you could fuse some interfacing to the wrong size to make it a little sturdier and eliminate the stretch, or underline with a non-stretchy fabric (cut duplicates of all the piece, but put them together and treat them as one piece when you sew).  The lining will probably keep it from getting stretched out in this case, though.
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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2008 10:58:15 AM »

Depending on the lining you use (how strong it is), you may want to underline it, as well, but it ought to work just fine!
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« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2008 01:14:23 PM »

AWWWW, Thanks ya'll for the input and confirming for me what I suspected would work all along!

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« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2008 01:18:58 PM »

I agree, it should work, as long as you're lining it in some way:

  • fusible interfacing on the stretchy fabric
  • wonder-under the 2 fabrics together and treat as one (what I would do)
  • baste the 2 fabrics together and treat as one
  • try a stabilizer, though...aren't they meant to wash off?
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« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2008 01:32:35 PM »

    • try a stabilizer, though...aren't they meant to wash off?

    Thanks lil_abi.... Oh I meant "stabilize" in the most basic sense, as in something that would make the first fabric more stiff and not able to stretch (lol, u know More stable  Wink ), the wash-away stuff certainly would not work. Basting, as you mentioned is REALLY what I was thinking (a few Amy butler patterns I used called for basting light weight fabrics to canvas, it worked out well), but I like the idea of fusing two fabrics with WonderUnder...I hadn't thought of that one yet.

    I'm a glutton for making projects more complex though, LOL, so I reckon the route with the liner will be the way I will go..... But I'm DEF enjoying the input on all of the other ideas that do not involve a lining, I may just give one of those a shot as well! 80)
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    « Reply #6 on: November 21, 2008 02:06:12 PM »

    Oh, okay.  I've never worked with stabilizer, so I didn't know your intentions. 

    If you're gonna put the 2 fabrics together with basting, make sure you line those guys up and pin the daylights out of them.  The stretchy one will have a tendency to become longer.  I might even hand-baste so you can have control without having to fight the presser foot and the feed dog.  (Isn't sewing lingo fun?!)  But then again, that's time consuming.  Which is where my friend wonder-under comes in.  YAY!  My mother and I have both made lined bags that way out of lighter weight fabrics, with good results. 
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    « Reply #7 on: November 21, 2008 02:53:27 PM »

    (Isn't sewing lingo fun?!) 

    You have no idea!  My husband is always disappointed when I talk about feed dogs, presser feet, and WonderUnder...he gets all excited because it sounds nifty...and then it's "just sewing".   Cheesy

    I second the WonderUnder, though...hadn't thought of that, but it's a terrific idea!
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    « Reply #8 on: November 21, 2008 05:49:28 PM »

    (Isn't sewing lingo fun?!) 

    You have no idea!  My husband is always disappointed when I talk about feed dogs, presser feet, and WonderUnder...he gets all excited because it sounds nifty...and then it's "just sewing".   Cheesy


    LOL! I know EXACTLY what cha mean..... "sewing = boooorrring" to the DH, until it comes time to make something super cool for him or he discovers I've sold something. Then it's like "WOW you actually got money for sewing stuff?" and I'm like "DUH honey, I gots Skillz!!" .... He's so sweet but like many Dh's, I suspect, doesn't get our needs for creative outlets and how we pour our hearts into the things we make.

    I love you sweetie, Um please don't use THESE scissors for cardboard.... Thanks Love.
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    « Reply #9 on: November 21, 2008 06:10:58 PM »

    Oh, my goodness, the scissors!  He officially thinks I'm certifiable, because I won't let him use my scissors on paper or plastic.  He just doesn't get it.  He really thinks I'm nuts, and making it up...

    But yeah...when I make him something, it's the greatest hobby in the world.
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