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« on: July 13, 2011 08:57:14 PM »

So I've had this idea of a pleated bag for a really long time, and when I got a sewing machine for my birthday, I pretty much got cracking on it.  Problem is, I've already started assembling one of the panels for the exterior of the bag but I've forgotten to wash the fabric or add any interfacing.  I plan to use this as a bookbag for uni.  One fabric is quilt-weight, and one is a heavy homespun cotton.  Does it matter that I've forgotten a couple of things, or will the bag hold without it?
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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2011 09:07:42 PM »

If it's the kind of heavy cotton like the home dec cotton, then those usually aren't washable - it's dry clean only. Depending on how many books you plan to carry, your bag may sag a little.
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« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2011 09:10:59 PM »

If it's the kind of heavy cotton like the home dec cotton, then those usually aren't washable - it's dry clean only. Depending on how many books you plan to carry, your bag may sag a little.

Will interfacing stop my bag from sagging?
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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2011 08:32:35 AM »

If you're talking about the bottom - what would be great would be to get some kind of light plastic you can cover in the same fabric to use as a "floor", that will help a lot. Interfacing alone will not help w/a lot of books.

People use plastic canvas (used for needlepointing), but I think it's too flimsy. There is a plastic they use for quilting for cutting out shapes that works great if you can find it. Otherwise, cutting a flat plastic container & sanding the edges would work great - cut it about 1/4-1/8" smaller than your bottom. Also what I did once was, I made the edges about 1" bigger on all sides - the plastic was framed. This gave the "floor" a skirt that came up the sides & prevented small things from falling underneath that you have to dig for.

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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2011 07:38:47 PM »

If you're talking about the bottom - what would be great would be to get some kind of light plastic you can cover in the same fabric to use as a "floor", that will help a lot. Interfacing alone will not help w/a lot of books.

People use plastic canvas (used for needlepointing), but I think it's too flimsy. There is a plastic they use for quilting for cutting out shapes that works great if you can find it. Otherwise, cutting a flat plastic container & sanding the edges would work great - cut it about 1/4-1/8" smaller than your bottom. Also what I did once was, I made the edges about 1" bigger on all sides - the plastic was framed. This gave the "floor" a skirt that came up the sides & prevented small things from falling underneath that you have to dig for.



I was talking of the sides, whether I'd need to reinforce them.  I was just going to have a basic bag shape, though now I think of it, I may make it like more of a rectangular prism to make it with a bottom.

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« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2011 05:24:31 PM »

Washing the fabric ahead of time isn't really a biggie for me. Washing machine is OK as long as you don't put the bag in the dryer. Air dry, then iron when still a little damp. I do that for all my bags and they come out just fine. Just about all my fabrics are interior design quality.

(Er, that's COLD water, GENTLE cycle only)
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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2011 08:04:22 AM »

Washing the fabric ahead of time isn't really a biggie for me. Washing machine is OK as long as you don't put the bag in the dryer. Air dry, then iron when still a little damp. I do that for all my bags and they come out just fine. Just about all my fabrics are interior design quality.

I generally don't wash my bags anyway (I had a bad experience with a bag losing most of its colour after being washed and AIR-DRIED, for chrissake), but I'm fairly paranoid.

I don't think any of this will shrink, it's fairly heavy-weight cotton.  Even so, better safe than sorry?
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