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« on: March 05, 2009 12:54:00 PM »

So I live in a country that doesn't have interfacing. I've looked in all the fabric stores, but a "fabric store" means just fabric, no notions, etc. and it's fabrics for making traditional or Muslim garments, primarily (which are beautifully embellished with sequins and flowers, etc.). I'm making a purse out of some old ripped jeans, and would like it to be stiff enough to have a little shape, but I don't want it to be super-stiff, if that makes sense. I've read that you can use dryer sheets, but I live in a country that also has no dryers. Smiley

Would something like the cover of a school notebook work? Would it be too flimsy or bend and lose its shape really quickly? The purse will be lined, but I'm using an old skirt that is really lightweight, so it won't help hold up the purse any. I tried a piece of cardboard cut out from a care package from my mom, but that was too stiff (I figured I could just glue it in, right?) Thanks for any suggestions you have!
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2009 05:40:15 AM »

Piece of an old wool blanket or sweater, maybe?  I like to use old blankets for linings, because they add a bit of loft.  But some of them are stiff as well.

« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2009 11:40:18 AM »

I haven't tried the notebook idea, I have thought about using cardboard, but i guess that doesnt work.

I have an idea but i dont know if it will work since I'm trying to figure out how to make my bags stronger too...
anyway I was thinking of taking a couple of scraps of heavyweight fabric and sewing several lines of stiches across the fabric, last time i did that the fabric got a bit stiffer. so i was going to use that between my fabric and linning and see if it works...i dont know if that helps.

there's another post about interfacing where someone suggests using quilting material.

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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2009 07:48:14 AM »

The problem with cardboard and notebook covers is that you can't wash the bag afterward.   Denim will be difficult enough to sew without adding to the bulk with thick paper.  Silly question, but can't you get interfacing via mail?  I purchased an entire bolt of the stuff from JoAnn and if they don't, Fabric.Com ships itnernationally: http://www.fabric.com.  Is that an option?

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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2009 07:13:45 PM »

If you just want a little extra body, you could use fleece as a sew-in interfacing. 

I've used fused plastic bags before with some success. Stiffness depends on how many layers of plastic you fuse together  They do wrinkle a bit when fused, so not good for light fabrics, but you won't be able to see the wrinkles if you're using denim.  The heavy foiled-plastic bags from coffee, etc. work well too.  You can't rip out and resew though without ruining the plastic, so you'd want a longer stitch length, make sure to test tension on a sandwich of fabric and lining scraps, and sew SLOWLY.
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2009 12:29:50 PM »

Can you just order some online?
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2009 10:22:43 AM »

How about quilting two layers of denim together? My daughter recently made a bag to carry her school books and quilted her outer layer to a layer of denim to give the bag strength, while still retaining washability.
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2009 10:21:07 AM »

A couple of substitutions for interfacing include using 2 layers of fabric....either the same or a different fabric that gives you the "hand" you want.  (The term hand refers to the feel/drape of the fabric.  Layer the 2 fabrics together and drape them over your hand to see how they handle together.)   Some possible fabrics include organza, felt, canvas, denim, home dec fabrics, netting, etc.  You can layer several layers of fabric together and quilt them together as you have already discovered.

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« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2009 08:35:18 PM »

I agree with sewnutzz suggestion.  I have also used flannel as an interlining. If it's older like from a used garment it's nice and soft. Experiment with what you have on hand. 
« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2009 10:32:16 AM »

I was thinking, fleece, flannel, washable wool, or mattress pad covers.
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