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shellim4
« on: July 16, 2009 04:17:54 PM »

I want to make a purse, something like the Jordy probably and am wondering if I can put something in the bottom to make it less saggy. If so, do you put it between the lining and outer fabric or just inside the purse itself? Do you cover it then? Would it stay put if you do just slip it in the purse or do you have to anchor it down somehow? What is the best thing to use? I'm thinking it may get washed, so maybe like plastic like they use to make stencils??
Sorry for all the questions.
Shelli
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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2009 06:42:57 PM »

I've used a variety of things for purse bottoms. On one purse I used the plastic checkerboard stuff (like kids would use to cross-stitch), then hid that between the liner of the bag and the outside. As it was between the layers, I didn't anchor it down or anything. That worked very well to give a stiff bottom to the bag, although next time I would have rounded the corners a bit because the corners of the liner are a bit sharp (this was a knitted bag). The other purse (that my mother made) had a cardboard insert covered with fabric (to match the lining) that was put the bottom of the liner, so it's removable.

I'm not sure about washing the inserts, so you might want to use one that you can remove.
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« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2009 08:29:06 AM »

I make removable floors - basically get 1/4" foam, cut it smaller than your bottom, cover it w/fabric & use it like that. By having it removable, the bag is washable w/o probs.
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« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2009 08:30:27 AM »

Thanks for the reply. I wondered about the plastic canvas being sharp and maybe poking through. I guess I just need to decide on something and go with it. That is my downfall-decisions. Can't decide for sure which bag to make, zipper closure or snap closure, what kind and where to put pockets....oh my!! LOL
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« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2009 08:31:40 AM »

I make removable floors - basically get 1/4" foam, cut it smaller than your bottom, cover it w/fabric & use it like that. By having it removable, the bag is washable w/o probs.

I never thought of foam! Oh no! Another thing to add to my decision making!! LOL Is it regular home dec foam or that craft foam?

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« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2009 08:28:37 AM »

It's craft foam. Very easy to work with & you just cover w/fabric. I use a glue stick to wrap just like a package (it's on the inside & no one will see it) - easy peasy. The plastic canvas I find is not as rigid.
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« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2009 12:48:54 PM »

It's craft foam. Very easy to work with & you just cover w/fabric. I use a glue stick to wrap just like a package (it's on the inside & no one will see it) - easy peasy. The plastic canvas I find is not as rigid.

Great! Thanks for the info!
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