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    Junior Member lynn7448's Avatar
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    What material do you recommend to use in the bottom of your purses or bags to provide the stiffness and support?

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    one lady posted that she uses the acrylic from the hardware store that is used for windows. i've used plastic canvas before.

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    plastic canvas or the cloroplastic corrugated plastic board

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    Thx. Is one layer of plastic canvas enough?

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    I buy the cheap vinyl placemats at the dollar store or wally world and cut them to fit in a sewn sleeve to put in the bottom.

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    Depending on the size, you can use the gallon plastic bottles also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noahscats7
    I buy the cheap vinyl placemats at the dollar store or wally world and cut them to fit in a sewn sleeve to put in the bottom.
    That is a great idea!!!

    I've heard of people using Timtex for this because it's fairly stiff.

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    My son made a wine cabinet for his wife and had some of the board left that you use for the backing.Worked wonderful!

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    I went to the picture framing department and bought the stiff foam board they use for framing pictures.
    I use a spare rotary cutter and mat to cut it.
    It gives just enough stiffness to the bottom of the purse.
    I make a sleeve for it so it can be removed when washing the purse.
    I bought mine at Hobby Lobby, the cost was 99 cents.
    Don't remember the size but I have made six Bow Tuck purses so far and still have enough for at least four or five more.

    Blessings,
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    I also use the foam board cut to size. I get it at the Dollar Tree and can do about 6-10 bag bottoms with it. Can't beat the price. I also have used the plastic canvas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noahscats7
    I buy the cheap vinyl placemats at the dollar store or wally world and cut them to fit in a sewn sleeve to put in the bottom.
    That's a GREAT idea!!

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    I just cut up plastic milk jugs to the size I need.

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    after the last election season I picked up several politician's signs left behind and planned to throw them away, but now realize that the corrogated plastic is PERFECT for the bottom of bags. It's lightweight and sturdy. Visit your local sign shop to get a supply. Easy to cut with a box cutter.

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    I have used old cutting mats cut to size!

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    I use the corrogated plastic, easy to clean and to cut

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    I use the needlepoint plastic they have at Joanns.

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    Depending on how stiff you want it...

    I need to replace the once-stiff cardboard in a Vera Bradley bag. I'd read somewhere that someone used those stick-on vinyl tiles cut to size to provide a base for a bag. I've seen them sold individually at Home Depot or Lowes.

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    I go to my local sign shop. They have a barrel of scrap sign material that is very stiff. If they only have thinner stuff, I use double stick tape to stick 2 pcs together. I always cover the hard base with fabric, so sticking 2 pcs together isn't a problem. The prices on the pieces vary, but I usually can get a bunch of stuff for under $5.

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    I use the cheap plastic cutting mats from the dollar store. They are usually sold in sets of 3 and are about the size of a place mat. The vinyl placemats will work as well.

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    I make a sleave and recycle cardboard. I love the idea of the plastic canvas but am trying to be frugal these days and make every peeny count ;)

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    I make a sleave and recycle cardboard. I love the idea of the plastic canvas but am trying to be frugal these days and make every peeny count ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrapykate
    I use the corrogated plastic, easy to clean and to cut
    Ditto!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by M.I.Late
    I use the cheap plastic cutting mats from the dollar store. They are usually sold in sets of 3 and are about the size of a place mat. The vinyl placemats will work as well.
    I like this idea too! Have to check those out.

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    I have used the plastic thing that comes in the bacon package.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynn7448
    What material do you recommend to use in the bottom of your purses or bags to provide the stiffness and support?
    i have used the plastic corrigated "for sale" or "political signs" cut up and wrapped in matching fabric..( i stable it on the back side...

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