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Reinforcement for bottom of tote bags

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ElenaYDesigns | Posted in General Discussion on

A few days ago I saw a question on this site regarding what to use for reinforcing the bottom of large tote bags. I neglected to log on and look for replys to this question. Now I can’t find any discussion on this. I am not sure I am doing this question and answer thing right.
If anyone has an answer to the question about what material to use I would appreciate knowing.
Thanks
Ellen Younkins

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  1. sueb | | #1

    Hi,

    it was the fuse-a-shade in a tote bag discussion on 2/9.  I had replied about using timtex and matboard on the bottoms and using an iron in interfacing on the lining materials and a sew in on the outside materials.  I hope this helps !

    sueb

    http://www.sueboriginals.com

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      ElenaYDesigns | | #4

      Thanks so much for responding to my question on tote bags. One other question - I am not familiar with Timtex. Can you tell me where to find it? The only fabric store in my area is Jo Ann where I buy a lot of my fabric in the Home Dec Dept. We also have craft stores, Michaels and A.C.Moore. I have used 2 or more layers of Craft Bond and also Decor Bond for stiff interfacing and am not completely satisfied with the results. Thanks for your help.
      Ellen

      1. Wunmismom | | #6

        You can order Timtex through the mail order catalog Newark Dressmaker's Supply. Just Google Timtex or the catalog and you will find the source. I normally buy things from this catalog and have done so for years.Wunmi's Mom

  2. Elaray | | #2

    I posted the question about the reinforcing bottom of totebags. I followed Sue's suggestion and used 2 pieces of Timtex with ultra stiff plastic canvas in the middle. Sue recommend matboard rather than plastic canvas, but I plan to wash my bag and the matboard would disintegrated in the washer. The Timtex worked great!

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      ElenaYDesigns | | #3

      Thanks so much for responding to my question on tote bags. One other question - I am not familiar with Timtex. Can you tell me where to find it? The only fabric store in my area is Jo Ann where I buy a lot of my fabric in the Home Dec Dept. We also have craft stores, Michaels and A.C.Moore. I have used 2 or more layers of Craft Bond and also Decor Bond for stiff interfacing and am not completely satisfied with the results. Thanks for your help.
      Ellen

      1. Elaray | | #5

        I first learned about Timtex on this forum and I'm happy to pass the infomation along to someone else. Timtex is a very stiff sew in interfacing that is used for hat brims, fabric bowls. etc. It looks like a very dense, stiff felt. My local Joann sells Pellon's version under the name "Peltex". Since fabric bowls are so populr right now, it should be very easy to find. You can Google "Timtex" to find online sources.

  3. caprilmae | | #7

    I use corrugated plastiic in the bottoms of my tote bags and some purses. It looks like a milky carboard and it is very firm. I get it from a plastic fabrication store in a 4' by 8' sheet. They cut it for me at the store into 4 pieces. It cut it to fit the bottoms of my bags with craft knife and an acrylic ruler. I usually sew a quick fabric sleeve to cover the plastic and just drop it into the bottom of the bag. If I am in a hurry I just warp the plastic with fabric and tape it on the back, contact paper works well also.
    olan

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