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Thread: I have a question on purses????? Need Help Quick!!!

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    What I do (among other things used) is take a school binder and cut the cardboard to 1/2" shorter on length and width of the purse bottom. The cardboard is covered in vinyl. I then cover with the fabric I use for the inside. I do not insert this so it is permanent in the purse. I leave one end of the bottom inside of the purse 'open' so that I can slip the vinyl covered cardboard in and out of the purse when washing. Not all of my patterns have a separate layer of fabric in the bottom for inserting this, so I add the layer before sewing all the bottom seams. One short side is hemmed under and that is the side the cardboard/plastic/acrylic slides in and out of. I get the binders for .99 sometimes and I can get from 2-4 inserts out of them depending on the size of the purse.

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    I have used the lid from a plastic box (after the box was broken). Tub surround scraps from a remodel. Roll up kitchen cutting mats. plastic from bacon package. About anything washable will work, and it saves putting so much in landfill.

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    You could use an old cutting mat, or plastic placemats as CarrieC suggested.

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    The minute the elections are over, I help the canidates by removing signs made of corigated plastic. They work great and can be cut to size with an exacto knife.

    I do call the canidate for an ok, as they may want to reuse the signs for their next run. Save a few signs, on the wires, makes a great base for yard sale signs.

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    I use thin sunglasses from Lowes, Home depot, etc...they will make one or two cuts for free and you can also cut at home. Make a 'sleeve' to cover and slip it in. Works well and no bending or folding!

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    In a pinch I have used milk cartons, cat food containers, large washing detergent, etc.(washed/plastic) for the bottome of round item or small items. Some fit perfect.

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    I found some plastic placemats at the Dollar Store that were thicker than most plastics and made the bottoms for 2 Bow Tuck purses so that came to $0.50 each. I always make them so they are removable. I simply make a sleeve to fit and sew it closed. I find the stiffer bottom doesn't need to be washed very often.
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    Dollar store cutting mat??? The plastic back from a school notebook ??

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    I have used the boards from old clipboards. They are very sturdy. I just measure the size I need and then cut it with a jigsaw.

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    Cute purse. I use two pieces of fusible timtex. I fuse the two pieces tpgether and when the outer portion of the purse is completed, I will fuse the timtex into the bottom. This way the bottom is very sturdy and very washable. I have no problem with it getting soft and bending with two layers.

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