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« on: May 03, 2009 08:28:13 AM »

Well, I hope this is the right place to post because while I am using clothing to make a purse, my question more about the nature of the fabric and if they will work well together. 

I'm trying to save an adorable pair of jeans and tshirt that my daughter has grown out of; it's one of my favorite outfits she has, so I decided to make a little bag out of it.  The thing is, the denim is rather heavy and the tshirt is very soft and stretchy.  I'd like to use the shirt to line the inside of the bag.  It doesn't need to provide any structural support, only look cute.  But it's so different from the denim, I'm afraid it will stretch out too much or just to work in some other fashion that I can't put into words until it happens. 

So do you think I can use the shirt for the lining, or should I find something of a closer weight to the denim if I really want it to be lined?

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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2009 08:55:12 AM »

It's no problem to use the shirt as a lining if you use fusible interfacing on it. This will stabilize the knit as well as adding some support to the lining. The purse sounds adorable. Go for it.
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2009 09:44:40 AM »

Yep! Interfacing.

And it should be the kind you iron-on or it won't work at all like you want it to.

And you can always interface-it with super-strong stuff or twice if the fabric is REALLY stretchy.

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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2009 04:49:22 PM »

It should work as long as you can sew the t-shirt without stretching it too much. You don't need that much stabalizing because the denim outside will bear the stress - As you said the t is just too look cut and maybe give it a finished look at the same time. Since the denim is so heavy i would probably just spray starch the t to help stabalize a bit while sewing.
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