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HollyM

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Hi!

I just felted the cutest little bag <img border=0 src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v84/crochetville/dance.gif" /> I'll post pics as soon as I get the handles sewn on.

 

Anyway, it's rectangular with a flat bottom. I'd like the bottom to stay flat when I put all my junk in it. I don't think I'm up to lining it, that's too much like work for me <img border=0 src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v84/crochetville/Loco.gif" />

 

I was thinking of getting some foam/project board, cutting out a piece the same size as the bottom, hot glueing some coordinating fabric to it and just place it in the bottom for support. Kind of like the pieces in a Vera Bradley bag.

 

Do you think that would work? Or do you have any other ideas?

 

Thanks!

Holly

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Guest mishakitty78

Hi Holly,

 

I think your idea of using foam would work. Are you talking about fun foam that you'd get in a craft store? You can probably hot glue the fabric to it with no problem - I've used hot glue on it and it works great. I'm a little concerned, though, that this might not be stiff enough for you. You could try glueing cardboard onto the foam, too, to give it a little extra stiffness.

 

I would also suggest looking into the plastic forms that people use for cross stitch (or something like that). They're sort of this hard plastic grid material, and I know a lot of sewn patterns use this for the bottom of the purse.

 

Hope that helps!

 

Melissa

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Thanks Misha!

Not fun foam, but the foam core stuff that's sold near poster board. It's like...2 pieces of poster board with a think layer of styrofoam sandwiched between.

 

The plastic canvas stuff is a good idea though! I'm going to look and see if that would be stiff enough. The foam core stuff is a pain to cut, the plastic would be easier to work with.

 

Holly

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Great idea, both of you! :clap

 

I have a similar situation myself (don't wanna line my bag I'm working on, but don't want a saggy bottom either :P ). I am thinking the plastic canvas grid stuff may work better than foamboard, because the foam board will break and snap in half if you cart around alot of stuff (like me)--:2

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Guest mishakitty78

I've used foamcore a lot for art projects, but never used it to back or support anything like a purse. I did use it as a 3-panel display board, though, and it held up surprisingly well. I would've thought that it would buckle and fold, too, but it didn't . In a purse, though, I agree that it might not support all the weight that you'd put on it.

 

Another thing to consider is durability in the sense that it might not be waterproof. (I've spilled stuff on foamcore, and the foam was ok but the paper or posterboard backing was not). The canvas stuff is waterproof, I believe.

 

Definitely post it when you make it - I'd love to see it!

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I would think the plastic pieces would work better, reason being the foam board that you are talking about will bend if the purse gets squished and it will stay that way and not straighten back out. I have used foam board for various projects and it has bent on me and it makes it weak. Just my :2

 

~Barb

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