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

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    I have been using plastic canvas in the bottom of my purses to help make it sturdy. I ran out and can't find what I have here somewhere. My question is, what else can I use for this??? I need to get these finished.

    I got one from a friend. She used cardboard. I don't want to use that. I knew what would happen when I washed it. I washed it Sat. and it happened. That cardboard misshaped and went into a ball. I got it out. So I'll fix another insert for that one also.

    I hate driving an hour just for some plastic canvas. Hopefully I can find it. It's in a tote somewhere. But thought maybe there was something else I could use or buy later that might be better than plastic canvas.

    This is what I need it for!
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    some have used the cheap cutting boards from the $2.00 shop. they just cut them down to size I think you would need a saw to cut them.

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    I can't help you with items to permanently sew in.
    I have always made a sleeve to put matboard in. i remove it to wash ofcourse.

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    I may have to start doing that and just use a thick cardboard. And tell them not to wash that part. I've got to get these done. I have several more things to get done before Christmas.

    Thanks for the help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
    thanks for the link. I only just thought of something my DH bought. we went to an auction and they had some foam board, not what I would really call foam more like plastic about 1/4" thick and 7- 8 feet square trouble is we had to buy the whole pallet of 50 sheets worked out to about $8.00 per sheet. we used some to mount my pictures on, easy to cut on a bench saw. I had thought of using some for the table tops in the cattery as the wood has started to rot but now Wow I have an endless supply of tote bag bases.

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    you could use timtex or fast to fuse as that is washable. Got any template plastic? round the corners off?

    Or some pelmet viline a couple of layers bonded together could also work.

    Have you got a plastic cover on a file folder that is about the right weight?

    Bekcs

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    In a pinch I've used a couple of layers of plastic placemats. I mean PINCH.

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    I have used foam board from the Dollar Tree. I always make a sleeve to it can be removed and I also don't sew the ends closed on the sleeve so that the actual sleeve can be washed.

    mltquilt

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarrieC
    In a pinch I've used a couple of layers of plastic placemats. I mean PINCH.
    I thought about that. I had a couple in my craft supply room. I may end up having to do something like that.

    I don't know about everyone else, but boy Christmas is creeping up too fast. I have lots to do before that time comes.

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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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    How about cutting up plastic table mats? That is if you have any of those lying around.

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    I have always made a sleeve for the cardboard or plastic sheeting to fit in so it can be removed before washing.

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    I use core board from JoAnns. They sell it in the craft isle. I also make a slip cover (kind of like a pillow case) that can be removed to be able to wash the purses.

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    Great ideas everyone. I'll start making sleeves for the rest of my purses. So I can go ahead and close up all the bottoms on my purses and put the bows on. I have quite a few I want to make. I can't wait to get the Christmas kitty and Christmas mouse ones done.

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    I had some leftover "peel and stick" vinyl tile or regular vinyl tile cut to fit.

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