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    Senior Member SWEETPEACHES's Avatar
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    For those who make handbags

    My inside pockets are floppy and I've been adding a snap. Should I be using batting in the inside pockets? Would that make them stand up better? I just finished this bag tonight, and those inside pockets are flapping around in there.
    Thanks for any ideas.
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    Adorable bag!! I have the same issue with floppy inside pockets with the bow tuck bags I have made and they have batting in the pockets.

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    If you don't need to have the pocket be open to the full width of the purse I sew a seam down the middle and make it two pockets. You also could add a strip of velcro along the top of the pocket instead of a snap. I don't use batting in mine.The taller your pocket is the less it should flop.

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    Rhonda has the right idea. My pockets in my bow-tuck purses don't flop and don't have batting in them. By sewing them down and making pockets across them keeps them from sagging.
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    I use Decor Bond on the lining fabric and divide the pockets, cell phone, nail file,pens, reading glasses (over 40 hehe)..... I also cut my fabric at 10" So the height is only about 43/4", not too deep to have to fish things out.

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    I use Decor Bond also and divide the pockets. Another tip: if my pockets are the same fabric as the lining, I will use a decorative stitch and a different color thread and stitch a row across the top of the pocket. It makes the pocket easier to see when looking into the purse.
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    I use pellon iron on interfacing .. It is pellon number 808 , very stiff ..and it you can sew through it no problem.

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    Beautiful bag. Are you sharing the pattern? When I do inside pockets, I either sew a snap on them or do a buttonhole on the pocket before I insert it. I have soooooo many buttons that I always seem to have something that fits. It looks nice and neat too!!

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    I use Pellon Fusible Fleece for my pockets. It stiffens them up just enough. I do always divide them with seams, leaving a little pleat in each so they'll have some give.

    Your bag is very pretty!

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    Thank you all. There's no pattern. I learned how to make a bag months ago, and then just started thinking up my own designs. I use Pellon fusible fleece in the bag itself, I may try that in the pockets of the next one to see if that helps. My customers seem to like really large pockets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SWEETPEACHES View Post
    My inside pockets are floppy and I've been adding a snap. Should I be using batting in the inside pockets? Would that make them stand up better? I just finished this bag tonight, and those inside pockets are flapping around in there.
    Thanks for any ideas.
    I just finished 5 tote bags and I used light/medium weight fusible interfacing on the lining and all the pockets. Works great.
    SUEB

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    When I made the inside pockets I use fusible interfacing (medium weight) and divide the pocket as stated above. If I want a full width pocket I make it a zippered pocket.
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    That was my thought for a bigger pocket, a zipper.
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    I use some iron-on interfacing when making the pockets to give them body -- I also make them smaller to fit the use.
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    I took a purse class several years ago and the instructor told us to put our cell phone in the pocket and then pin it. Sew that and then add a pocket for tissues and then for a ballpoint pen. Lipstick pockets whatever. I try and customize mine in a general way because everyone has different items. I do not have floppy pockets at all.

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    i use elastic in the top

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    Quote Originally Posted by SWEETPEACHES View Post
    My inside pockets are floppy and I've been adding a snap. Should I be using batting in the inside pockets? Would that make them stand up better? I just finished this bag tonight, and those inside pockets are flapping around in there.
    Thanks for any ideas.

    What about just using craft backing? It's rather stiff.
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    I like iron-on fleece inside the pocket piece. Then, of course, separate the whole wide pocket into sections to suit you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phyllis nm View Post
    i use elastic in the top
    OOOhh, I like the idea of elastic!

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    Very pretty bag. Looks like you've got a lot of suggestions for the pockets.
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