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    I am thinking on getting this pattern and want to order the bag-e-bottom to go in it...however the pattern does not list the finished size, so I do not know what size bottom to order for it!
    Can anyone who makes these tell me #1- does it need a sturdy bottom insert?, #2- what size it would need to be!

    Thanks

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    I would just use plastic canvas,maybe 2 pieces and make a small like a pillowcase to fit the plastic canvas into.Or cardboard.My purse is about 5 1/2wide x 14 1/2 long.Connie in CO

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    Sorry i also forgot mat-board.That's what i use in the bottom of my bags.Connie in CO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Connie in CO
    Sorry i also forgot mat-board.That's what i use in the bottom of my bags.Connie in CO
    great Idea..I have a Hobby Lobby not 4 minutes from the house!
    THANK YOU!

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    For the last bag I made (not a bowtuck) I used the flexible cutting board plastic from the $ store. I cut it to size, and used 2 pieces for extra strength. It is still flexible, but should be plenty strong. I just inserted it in the bottom before sewing up the lining. It worked for me. :)

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    The mini bowtucks bottom is 4 1/2 by 12

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjaayoung
    The mini bowtucks bottom is 4 1/2 by 12
    thank you, I did not know there were two sizes...

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    Mat-board is my favorite too, if you make a lot of bags you can buy it pretty cheap in lots on ebay. Also you can use foam core board, they have it at the dollar store as well. Have fun making your bag and post some pics for us to see.

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    I used place mats from Big Lots. Cost about $1.00. I just made a "pillow case" cover for it and sewed the end closed. I could get at least 2 from each place mat. I made the mini bow tuck.
    Sue

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    Bag E bottoms won't fit on those bags, only the bags that are designed by the people who did the Bag E bottoms. I found that out the hard way. I just cover matt board with fabric after measuring the bottom when all is done.

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    The Bow-tucks bag I am currently carrying I made last summer. I am not sure of the dimensions of the base but I used sturdy cardboard from a box of athletic shoes. It has worked out perfectly. I just glued some of my fabric to it and I have not had any problems at all with it bending. It is much cheaper than one of the Bag-E bottoms (although they are very nice).

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    you guys are great..I ordered both bow tuck bag patterns and will skip the bottoms, and look at Hobby lobby for some mat board! They always have damaged ones really cheap!

    THANKS!

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    I used pretty stiff fabric and regular batting...I didn't put any lining in the bottom of mine so far and they still stand up after several months of abuse (I'm rough on a purse)

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    When I need a bag bottom or something sturdy I use old game boards.

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    I use foam core board and cover with fabric. That way the bottom can be taken out before you wash the bag. The foam core holds up really well.

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    This site gives you the dimentions
    http://pursepatterns.com/index.php?m...roducts_id=153

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    I had posted this before: I have a Vera Bradley purse, went to wash it, took out the insert....it's covered bottom is nothing but a Sleeve of material covering regular cardboard!!!!!!! That's what I now use .

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    Do you have that chicken pattern???

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    I use the plastic canvas cut about 4-1/2 x 13. I slip it between the lining and the outside through the lining opening used for turning it right sides out. Then I sew the opening closed.

    Advantage is that coins and small items don't get "lost" under the panel and, unlike cardboard, etc., it's completely washable that way without losing its shape.

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    Years ago I made these fabric bowls. I found some of the web left over and sewed two pieces together, works great.

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    I have tried all the methods over the years, plastic canvas, cardboard, acrylic cut to size at the home improvement centers, etc. but I like foam board ($1 at Dollar Stores) best. It is easy to cut to size, cover with a sleeve and holds up fine in the bottom of my purses. It has a softer feel than the acrylic but still gives a good sturdy bottom. You will love your Bow-tuck. I have made several.

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    I asked Joann's and Hobby Lobby what they did with the cardboard centers from the bolts of fabrics. Both said that they just throw them away. And both place gave me all that I wanted. It is fairly heavy cardboard. Just don't use your good scissors to cut it. I've carried my Bow Tucks for over a year now (almost daily) and it's been just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Connie in CO
    I would just use plastic canvas,maybe 2 pieces and make a small like a pillowcase to fit the plastic canvas into.Or cardboard.My purse is about 5 1/2wide x 14 1/2 long.Connie in CO
    For all my bags, I've never bought one of those expensive bag-e bottoms. I've made a couple of Bow Tuck Bags. When you get done with the bag, measure the bottom from the outside (5-1/2 x 14-1/2).... cut a piece of the plastic canvas a little smaller than the sleeve for the bottom. (I usually buy the heavier gauge -- about $1.30 at Joanns).

    Hope this helps and didn't confuse you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    I am thinking on getting this pattern and want to order the bag-e-bottom to go in it...however the pattern does not list the finished size, so I do not know what size bottom to order for it!
    Can anyone who makes these tell me #1- does it need a sturdy bottom insert?, #2- what size it would need to be!

    Thanks
    This is what I did. Went to the local Craft 2000 and bought for next to nothing an artist's board....you know, like they use to paint on. It's extremely sturdy....then when the bag was finished I measured the inside and cut my board to that specification. Then I took

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wonnie
    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    I am thinking on getting this pattern and want to order the bag-e-bottom to go in it...however the pattern does not list the finished size, so I do not know what size bottom to order for it!
    Can anyone who makes these tell me #1- does it need a sturdy bottom insert?, #2- what size it would need to be!

    Thanks
    This is what I did. Went to the local Craft 2000 and bought for next to nothing an artist's board....you know, like they use to paint on. It's extremely sturdy....then when the bag was finished I measured the inside and cut my board to that specification. Then I took
    fabric either coordinating with the lining or matching and covered the board and inserted it into the bottom. Just remember to cut the board a little bit smaller to allow for the wrapping. You will absolutely LOVE this purse. I have used mine for a year and I mean, USED it and if you follow the directions for interfacing, etc. it's the sturdiest bag around and I have put some real weight in it. On occasion even use it to haul my daubers, etc. to Bingo.

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