Fuse-A Shade in a tote bag?
I’m working the kinks out what I’m calling “the ultimate tote bag project.” I’ve worked out the pattern and procedures, but I’m still searching for the ultimate materials. I want the sides of the bag to be flexible, but not floppy. I’ve tried Crafters Choice interfacing, but it didn’t have the stiffness I wanted. Has anyone used “Fuse-A-Shade” in a tote bag? I’d like to use something fusible because I don’t want to quilt or otherwise sew the interfacing to the sides of the bag.
If the Fuse-a-Shade isn’t feasible, can I simply layer stiff sew-in interfacing between the fabric and interling without actually sewing it in?
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Edited 2/9/2005 11:22 am ET by Elaray
Edited 2/9/2005 11:31 am ET by Elaray
I've used the fuse a shade stuff and wasn't happy with it. If the crafters choice isn't giving you the stiffness you need, try two layers of it. When I make a bag I typically use a stiff iron on interfacing on the lining pieces and then a sew in on the outside pieces. The sew in get's sew right into the seam allowances. I wouldn't recommend not sewing it on, it won't stay in place if you don't. The other thing you may want to try for really stiff interfacing would be timtex (the stuff used for hat brims) or buckram. I've taken some commercial bags apart to see what's inside that makes them so stiff and in some cases have found that the bag is lined with a piece of mat board or plastic canvas liner.
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