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Topic: Looking for black cord (not corded material tho) in uk at wholesale prices  (Read 1206 times)
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« on: November 20, 2005 05:44:05 AM »

I'm looking for black cord like you'd use in a drawstring bag. I need quite a lot of it and while some of the sewing shops around sell it, to buy a whole (dunno the technical term) roll from them would cost a fortune. Many places do thin cord at 1.5mm etc but i need it probably at 6mm +

I'm having real difficulty finding wholesalers in scotland/UK that do this.

Does anyone know of anywhere I could get this relatively cheap... Ebay searches proved fruitless - unless theres another term for it that I dont know.

Please help!

thanks Cheesy
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2005 07:32:55 AM »


I've been making drawstring bags myself and had the same problem!  It's as if they're keeping all the good stuff a secret sometimes, isn't it?!  I eventually found somewhere - with my mums help - in Manchester.  It's called Ark Haberdashery and I don't think they have a website, which is a real shame.  My mum got me a couple of reels about the same circ as a roll of sellotape and 6" or so tall with a 1cm core.  There's, I think, 100 metres on it and it was around 10 pounds.  She got me one reel black and one white about 5mm thickness in a natural cotton fibrey type stuff.  It's quite heavy, so if you ring them and ask them if they deliver, expect a fair amount of postage on top.

Try putting Ark into Yell.com for the phone number.  I hope this is of some help.

So what are you making then?  Any photos?  We might be able to share tips!  ;-)

chicky xx

« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2005 04:17:18 PM »

i forgot i had posted this - sorry for not replying sooner.

I still havent found anywhere selling the stuff i need so i will give the arc people a call. Thanks for the info.

I'm just trying to make some wee drawstring backpacks like the kind Nike (and co) make but in camoflage material. Just wee gift bags for friends that i can put some presents in.

Havent managed to perfect the design yet mostly due to problems with the cord and the fact that i havent actually bothered to look at the nike versions.

thanks again for this info...
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2005 06:02:12 PM »

No Probs, I keep forgetting to click on the notify button too.   Wink

One of the best tutorials for lined bags is this one:
thanks to craftgrrl.  The only  thing you'll need to add is the eyelets on the bottom corners.  Word of advice though and that's to stitch round the eyelets in an arc otherwise the weight of the contents pulls the fabric out of the eyelets.  You'll see what I mean if you look at shop bought versions, they normally do this too.  Oh, and test out how long the cord needs to be first (or cheat and measure the shop bought ones) and add a bit on.  It's really frustrating to make them with the cord being too short.  Embarrassed  How do I know this?  Embarrassed    Roll Eyes I think you can guess. Roll Eyes

chicky xx

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