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    Senior Member SWEETPEACHES's Avatar
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    question about making handbags

    I received instructions for the Charm Party Tote. Instructions call for Pellon fusible fleece. Looking at Joannes website and they have fusible interfacing, and fusible web, stitch witchery fusible interfacing and others. All so confusing. Its it all basically the same? or do I have to make sure I buy exactly fusible fleece.
    Can I make the bag without it?

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    You iron on the Pellon fusible fleece which give it body and durability.Its not all the same, the fusible fleece is like a thin batting. Hope this helps.
    Bonnie

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    I found mine at Hobby Lobby. Hope this helps.

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    Fusible interfacing is not the same as fusible fleece. Make sure when you are searching the fusible has "fleece" in the name or description. The fleece is thicker and is more dense than most battings, making it more stiff.
    You can make a bag without it , but it won;t have much "body" to it and won't "stand -up" ! I have used really really stiff interfacing , and double layered it in a pinch , but much prefer the fusible fleece. I have also used poly felt and fused it myself , and had results similiar to the fusible fleece.
    Last edited by Lori S; 02-05-2012 at 07:38 AM.

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    I have found it cheeper to use headliner fabric I came across t throughhis idea after buying some special handbag liner in a quilting store which turned out to be headliner material You can find it usually in the dec and or utility section of most fabric stores like Jo anns I think Hobby Lobby has it also It gives your purse lots of body and is easy to sew

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    Will you be quilting it? If so, you can probably get away with using regular batting.

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    I use fusible fleece, and if I want a really stiff bag I also add a fusible interfacing. With the fleece, you can choose to quilt it or not. Either way works fine. Also, I usually trim the fusible fleece 1/4" smaller than the bag so that there is less bulk in the seams. Again, completely optional.

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    I always use 987F fusible fleece that you can get at Joanns. I also add Decor Bond (Joanns also). These two together make a nice sturdy looking bag that is more professional looking.
    Gloria 

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    Ditto that last comment from Joysewer. It does make a nice finished product when you use the 987F. You can usually get it on sale or with a coupon and I always buy at least 5 yds at a time. Makes several purses.
    Debra

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    http://www.joann.com/fusible-fleece-...bolt/prd14450/

    Can I use this? It's not Pellon, but it's fusible fleece. I hadn't planned on buying that much, but didn't see it in smaller quantities. The Pellon fusible fleece on Joannes website, is 5.00 for 22"x36".

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