Create Boning with Heavy-Duty Zip Ties
Recently, I purchased fabric for a spring jacket from Mood Fabrics. After making the jacket, I had some left over, so I decided to make a new gym bag for spring. I’ve made this bag before in other fabrics, and my complaint was that it drooped in the bag’s middle. Since I didn’t add any structure to it, the bag hung from the straps and caved in. I wanted to give this bag more shape.
In a previous post, I shared a creative use for heavy-duty zip ties I discovered while making myself corsets. Now, I’ll show you how I added boning to this bag with zip ties.
Here’s a detail photo of the inside, which is where I’ll begin the tutorial.
The front edge and where the flap folds over the opening needed boning. However, since this was what I call a throwaway bag, I didn’t want to burn through my supply of flat steel boning. Also, the flat steel is a little too stiff. I wanted some structure but not too much. Feather boning is too light.
Enter our friend the zip tie. The size I prefer to use is 121.92, and it can be purchased at your local hardware store.
When you use this as boning, cut it to length, and then melt the ends a bit with a match to smooth off the rough ends caused by cutting.
Cut leather strips 1-1/4-inches wide, press them in half lengthwise, and bind the front edge of the bag. The stitch line was 1/2 inch away from the leather strip’s folded edge. This gives just enough room to slip the zip tie bone into that edge.
Cut the bone 3/8 inch shorter on each end, so when the sides are bound to…
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