Using Heat and Bond and Tote Lining
Thank you all for your help with the magnetic snap and tote discussion. After desigining the tote bag from velvet and lining it with a heavy upholdstery type fabric, I found it was still “limp”. I bought some Heat n Bond and then some heavy muslin type lining that is used for pocketbooks, to fuse to the upholstery lining. I only fused the upper half of the the tote.
I have never used either the heat n bond or the muslin type purse stiffener. I bonded the lining before I attached it to the tote and when I went to sew through it it did not seem to stitch well. Should I have made the tote , attached the lining , then fused on the stiffener so it wasn’t actually in the seam areas? I hope this doesn’t sound too confusing! I actually take the top seam of the bag and understitch the bag to the lining and couldn’t even do that as the stiffener just added too much bulk?
ANY help is appreciated. I went to Joann fabric and tried to look through patterns but most totes are made from canvas and don’t really need any stiffener.