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Thread: Can you wash a quilted handbag?

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    Can you wash a quilted handbag?

    Has anyone washed a handmade purse and how did it come out? I was thinking hand wash but maybe on gentle cycle in the washer would work.

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    I would think it depends on what kind of handle you add, if any. But soaking it in a pan by hand would work too.

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    I used to buy Vera Bradley purses which are quilted. I washed them by turning them inside out and washing on the hand wash cycle. Some had cardboard in the bottom for stability and I took that out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EllieGirl View Post
    I used to buy Vera Bradley purses which are quilted. I washed them by turning them inside out and washing on the hand wash cycle. Some had cardboard in the bottom for stability and I took that out.
    I had not thought about the cardboard bottom, thanks. I'm glad I didn't just throw it in the wash before I asked.

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    I made a few for me and friends. One friend washed and dried hers like normal laundry. Took out bottom first. No problem with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchnripper View Post
    I made a few for me and friends. One friend washed and dried hers like normal laundry. Took out bottom first. No problem with them.
    Thanks, I wasn't sure if I would ruin my purse by washing it. Your reply makes me feel better about washing it.

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    I wash my quilted purses/totes when ever they need it- toss them right in the washer & dryer with everything else...but they are quilted well- just like a quilt- with the same types of battings. I would guess it depends on how it is quilted & what batting is used- I have a quilted wallet I purchased years ago that has been washed a few dozen times too- I've never had any problems with it- but I wash/dry all of my quilts too. to me if I can not wash/dry it It's pretty worthless in my world.
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    I wash the purses I make, taking out the bottom (if any) before. I usually use a gentle cycle and either hang to dry or dry lightly.

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    I remove the bottoms from the inside and just toss it in the wash. Be sure you don't use bleach.

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    I washed a Vera Bradley bag that did not have a cardboard bottom. I washed it with clothes on the gentle cycle. I did not put it in the dryer. I smoothed it out with my hands, then hung it on a plastic hanger to air dry. It took 2-3 days to dry thoroughly, but it turned out beautifully, just like new, and I had to press nothing. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
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