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laurakay
« on: April 16, 2009 04:26:47 PM »

I was thinking about going to Goodwill and buying a men's wool jacket and hacking it apart to use as the exterior of a bag (maybe the Amy Butler Sophia pattern).  Has anybody ever tried to do this?  Should I use an interfacing to give the wool some stiffness.

And I was thinking about using leather handles but don't know where to get those.

Maybe this bag would be more classic than using a cotton print for the exterior.

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sewnutzz
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2009 07:55:15 PM »

Using a men's jacket is a great idea for fabric for bags.  If it is wool, it may even felt up some if washed on hot water with soap and a pair of blue jeans (provides the friction).  If it does felt up, you might find it stiff enough without interfacing, but I think interfacing is always a good idea, even if it is lightweight. 

As for leather handles, places like Hobby Lobby, JoAnn's, etc, carry them.  But, in keeping with the recycling theme, look for a handbag with usable leather handles and use them!  If you find a leather jacket or pants, you could even make your own handles.  And don't overlook ultrasuede, that can make really nice handles (and other accents).

Good luck in your scavenger hunt, and have fun!

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