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Thread: Sorry for the silly question

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    What type of fabric do you use for Bow-Tucks and other purses??
    Do you use decor fabric or regular quilting fabric? I am going to make (or at lease attempt to) make a few bags this weekend. Just wondering how well regular fabric will hold up to daily wear and tear.

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    If you use decorator fabric, put an interfacing on it (preferably a fusible one). Decorator fabrics sometimes have a more open weave than 100% cotton and need the interfacing for extra stability.

    I've made purses and tote bags with both, so use which ever fabric you like.

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    I use whatever my machine will sew.

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    Some Decorator fabrics could be too heavy and then add a lining....and your machine may not be able to handle it. I personally would recommend a middle range quilting fabric....with a reasonable tight weave....what I would like to find is 'feet' to put on the bottom of my totes....

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    http://www.rnllee.com/description/hatshapedboxes.htm

    Try this site for handbag supplies.
    I'm waiting on my pattern for the Bow Tuck purse and I was askng myself the same question about fabric.

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    i use anything i have and like

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    I've used all kinds of fabrics, cotton, decorator, silk, brocade, canvas, duck cloth, you name it and I've probably used it in a bag. I always add interfacing to keep the bag sturdy, I dont like droopy bags.

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    So far just 100% cotton fabric. The same I would make a quilt with.

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    Not silly question!! I wondered!

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    100% cotton. I've not had a bag wear out yet ... and I use and abuse them...

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    [quote=athomenow]http://www.rnllee.com/description/hatshapedboxes.htm

    wow, that site is good, thanks!

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    There are no such things as silly questions on here.

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    I use cotton quilting fabric. I haven't had anything wear out so far. It would be very thick it you used heavier fabric. The fusible fleece is pretty thick. I made a tote bag about 7 years ago, and it is still going strong--no signs of wear, and I use it a lot.
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    Thank you once again for all your help, you are all so wonderful!! I just got my new table today and along with my other folding table I actually feel like I have room to work now so its off to sew I go.....

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    I use all types of fabric, cottons, blends, decorator, tapestry to name some. I like 100 percent cottons to be quilted, because I like the feeling of it and it helps stand them up better. Have fun.

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    I especially like to make Bow Tucks in batiks, sometimes mixing them with Kona for the accent fabrics. I do use LQS cotton as well. They always come out well in good quality fabric.

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    I use cotton fabrics. Be sure to post pictures when you're done!

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    I use vintage barkcloth. It's a bit sturdier than quilting cotton, and I like the way it holds up. I don't make Bow-tucks however, just other kinds of purses and bags. No reason except I'm not crazy about the style of them.

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    I use fabric from my cotton stach, drapery and upholstry fabric. I do quilt the lighter weight cottons closer to give more stiffness to them. Almost anything goes! This is my latest cotton tote. I don't make bow tucks, just different kinds of totes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hazeljane
    I use vintage barkcloth. It's a bit sturdier than quilting cotton, and I like the way it holds up. I don't make Bow-tucks however, just other kinds of purses and bags. No reason except I'm not crazy about the style of them.
    I love bark cloth and pebble cloth!!!

    Please show and tell!

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    If you follow the directions for the bow tuck, the interfacing is heavy. I used cotton fabric and they turn out fine.

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    If you can't find the feet and want extra protection for wear on the bottom you can sew four flat buttons on the corners to protect the bottom.

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    I'm planning to make one soon and I'm going to use 100% cotton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborahlees
    Some Decorator fabrics could be too heavy and then add a lining....and your machine may not be able to handle it. I personally would recommend a middle range quilting fabric....with a reasonable tight weave....what I would like to find is 'feet' to put on the bottom of my totes....
    Have you thought of using buttons?

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    There are no silly questions. Ask away, this is the place, nobody has ever laughed at mine (at least out loud).

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