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« on: July 17, 2005 02:08:42 AM »

When I look at all the fabulous fabric remnants I've pulled out of the remnants bin at the Wal-Mart craft section (aren't remnants bins like glorious wonderlands of magic?!), I notice that I have so many pretty patterns and such, but they're all very very weak, thin cotton or polyester. The looks would be fabulous for a bag, but how can I make them stronger?

I've tried just using interfacing in the past. It's worked somewhat, in some cases, but it definitely won't hold up for me, since I carry a giant sketchbook around with me all the time.

I think what I have in mind is to put a very firm supportive stuff between the exterior and the lining, or make a kind of double exterior and put it in the middle... if that makes sense.

What comes to mind is like a thin, yet strong, plastic. Something you could bend, but not tear... I searched all around the craft section for ideas. Template plastic came to mind. I also thought of cutting up a supercheap, thin binder plastic? And I also thought of a kind of cardboard.

I think you get the ideal. Something that would give it a skeleton, make it strong. Has anyone had experience with this, maybe know of what materials would be best, and maybe how to apply them and handle them?

Thanks in advance! Kiss
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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2005 02:17:53 AM »

Hi!

The first thing I thought of was craft mesh. It's plastic, comes in a bazillion colors (which wont matter... but is still awesome!), and is pretty strong/stiff, while still being bendable. You can get it at Michaels, and it's used for a cross-stitch-esque sort of activity. You could make the outside of your purse, make lining, and add the mesh sandwhiched between layers of batting or interfacing.


That's all I've got.


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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2005 11:47:02 AM »

I use two different things:

Plastic Canvas (I think that's what "tinathellama" was suggesting above; just don't throw the item in the dryer as the plastic will melt)

Very thick interfacing that you sew in (I purchased a bunch from Walmart and it's almost as thick as plastic but is flexible enough for a bag)
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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2005 10:04:13 PM »

Actually, I have had success with using plain old felt.  Well, the hardcore wool felt, not that cheap-ass craft kind.  You can see the difference.  The wool felt is much more dense and is sold from the bolt.  I made a "jordy" bag out of this (exterior and interior) and I used it for about fifteen pounds of textbooks with no worries.  And my piddly sewing machine had no problem sewing it, either.  You could use the wool felt as your "middle" layer or even as your lining.  There are also some heavy duty interfacings like Pelltex and Pellon Craft Fuse that would hold up.  I have used both and I carry a LOT of junk around.  Pointy, heavy junk.
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« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2005 02:27:23 AM »

Yeah needlepoint plastic canvas is a good hardcore option I've actually used in a bag and yeah it's sturdy alright!...there is also a product called Timtex you may wish to try, I have a crafter friend at work who RAVES about it...I know you can get small packages of it at JoAnn's and you can also order it in assload amounts online...I have not tried it but my friend just raves about how I should try it...it's supposed to be good for things like bagmaking and fabric bowls...
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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2005 12:26:39 AM »

just a thought from a non-bag-maker, but couldnt you buy a cheapo A4 ring binder, remove the rings and make a bag around it, like the bookbags, but covering the faces of it (did that make any sense?)
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« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2005 12:36:35 AM »

Hmm... possibly. I think the only problem there would be getting the specific dimensions I wanted, but that is a very good idea, regardless.
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