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    Managed to bend foam core in purse bottom; bag-e-bottoms are too heavy as like to make light weight purses and totes. Any new ideas?

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    Not sure if this would work in your application, but my friend Karen used plastic canvas in her tote bag.

    http://sewmuch2luv.blogspot.com/2011...g-upcycle.html

    I used timtex in the Amy Butler bag I made and it seemed to work ok - just a bit hard to turn at the end.

    http://www.amazon.com/C-T-Publishing.../dp/B002V3EOV0

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    Would plastic canvas work? It is lightweight and easy to cut to the shape you need. Just a thought.

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    I occasionally use this plastic cutting sheets- If I can find them in the dollar store. usually they come in a pack of 4- flexible cutting boards. You cannot sew through them. I envelope them in the liner fabric and tack them in place.

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    I bought 9 x 12 inexpensive artist canvas in a package at Micheal's and cut them to size with a bread knife. Works out to about 50 cants a bag - they come in assorted sizes.

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    My vote is for plastic canvas. It usually holds its shape well.

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    I buy plexi glass and cut it to size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muffie44
    Managed to bend foam core in purse bottom; bag-e-bottoms are too heavy as like to make light weight purses and totes. Any new ideas?
    Foam core is very easily snapped, so I am not surprised.

    There is a special stiffener you can purchase for this purpose ... forget the name ... sold along with all the other iron on stiffeners/interfacings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsM
    I buy plexi glass and cut it to size.
    How do you cut it? Sounds like a great light weight alternative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hazeljane
    I occasionally use this plastic cutting sheets- If I can find them in the dollar store. usually they come in a pack of 4- flexible cutting boards. You cannot sew through them. I envelope them in the liner fabric and tack them in place.
    You mean those thin, yet sturdy, sheets you can use as a cutting board?

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    I have used an old clipboard that I sawed to fit, and sanded down the edges. Very sturdy and not very heavy.

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    Gee thanks so much; will try both methods.

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    I get left over sign material. Some of it is solid plastic, some have 'channels'. Go to your local sign shop and ask if they have any scraps, usually inexpensive, sometimes free!!!

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    I use the heavyweight template plastic. And I have seen where people have used the needlepoint plastic. But I have a lot of the HW template (found huge pkg of clearance a year or so ago), so I use that. AND it goes through the washing machine like a breeze.

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    I use $1.00 placemats for the bottoms of mine. Easy to cut and can't get much cheaper. I just make a sleeve and slide it in.

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    I use very, very thin (less than 1/8") masonite that my hubby cuts to size for me. Put it in a sleeve that matches the lining. Doesn't add any weight that I have noticed to the finished bag. Bonus is after he's cut 4 bottoms, there is still have enough left that I can make lots more bags!

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    I think the foam core you used sounds good.

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    I've used Matte board --

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
    I get left over sign material. Some of it is solid plastic, some have 'channels'. Go to your local sign shop and ask if they have any scraps, usually inexpensive, sometimes free!!!
    I use the same thing and it works great. I found it in Home Depot/Lowes - they sold it in the same area where you get new keys made up.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by carslo
    I bought 9 x 12 inexpensive artist canvas in a package at Micheal's and cut them to size with a bread knife. Works out to about 50 cants a bag - they come in assorted sizes.
    I also use this in the bottoms. Plastic canvas is just too flimsy and nothing else seemed to hold up. Not had a problem and very sturdy and cheap enough too.

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    i use balsa wood cut to size

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    Would plastic canvas work? It is lightweight and easy to cut to the shape you need. Just a thought.
    That's what I would use :)

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    I cut up some plastic place mats, they work great.

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    I use a piece of cardboard box or cardboard they wrap fabric on, most stores are happy to give them to you, and wrap it with fabric, like a gift, which I glue down. Let the glue dry completely then just put it in your finished purse and it is easily removed if you want to wash your purse.

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    There's something similar to foam core, but more durable. It's just as light. It's called Rag Board - thicker and stiffer than regular mat board. Ask your local frame shop to cut you a piece to size. (Micheal's keeps it on hand; others may not.)

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