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Old 07-09-2012, 05:16 PM
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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.
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Old 07-09-2012, 05:27 PM
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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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Old 07-09-2012, 05:43 PM
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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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Old 07-09-2012, 05:48 PM
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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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Old 07-09-2012, 05:53 PM
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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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Old 07-09-2012, 06:30 PM
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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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Old 07-09-2012, 06:34 PM
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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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Old 07-09-2012, 07:03 PM
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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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