by momhome 24 Aug 2012

I want to make a large messenger like bag/purse. I want to put a small divider at the back that I can put 8x11 size pager in and not have it get all bent up. I do want to be able to wash the bag if needed. My question is - If I sew it into the sides of the bag will that be enough to hold it up, or do I need to put something stiff in the divider? If so - what do I use? The only thing I can think of is the plastic sheets that they use for some cross stitch designs. (Can't remember what it is called.) Open to any suggestions. Thanks for your help.

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by pcteddyb 25 Aug 2012

I use plastic canvas sheets from Joanns for this type of thing. They run about 50 cents in USA for the 9*12 sheet.

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momhome by momhome 28 Aug 2012

Thank you. That is not a bad price at all. I will have to look into this.

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by rsehorse 24 Aug 2012

There is a product called Tim-Tex I believe. You could use this as batting in your construction and it will make the sides stand stiff. Can be purchased at JoAnns and sometimes WalMart. Hope this helps, Susan

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momhome by momhome 28 Aug 2012

Thank you. I have never heard of Tim-Tex. I will have to look for it next time I go to Walmart.

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by nancygiroir 24 Aug 2012

I've used plastic canvas sheets for this purpose, using 2 sheets would make it more sturdy. I'm pretty sure you could wash it, just don't put it in the dryer. You might want to make a mini sample to see if it will hold up.

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momhome by momhome 28 Aug 2012

Thank you.

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by nama2 24 Aug 2012

I've used the sheets that you are describing....I think they work great! I like the other ideas too!

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momhome by momhome 24 Aug 2012

Thanks. I do too.

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by bumblebee 24 Aug 2012

They sell a firm stiff interfacing for these purposes at the fabric store. It is white and comes on a bolt or in smaller packages. I get mine on a bolt, and its called stiffy. I think from an online purveyor and I believe its Long Wools MIll but I probably have messed up the name its been a while since I've ordered.

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momhome by momhome 24 Aug 2012

Thank you. I will have to check this out.

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by michele921 24 Aug 2012

they make stuff for this I did the same thing and used this stuff I found it @ jo-ann's. I don't know the name just checked mine and it has no paper with it just clear plastic on it. I created separate pockets and slide this between them to keep the bag stiffer also did the tape measure snap so the stuff in the pocket would stay.

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momhome by momhome 24 Aug 2012

Great idea. Where did you get the tape measure snap?

jerrib by jerrib 25 Aug 2012

I hope this link works for the tape measure snap top: Its a tutorial for how to make them.
Hugs Jerri
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jk...;feature=youtu.be

jerrib by jerrib 25 Aug 2012

again: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkdpy5gf6w

momhome by momhome 28 Aug 2012

Thank you. I will have to watch this. I heard several of th cuties talk about this, but didn't know what it was.

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by Lupaccia 24 Aug 2012

maybe you can use a piece of plastic cut from milk bottles. Sorry but I use a translator, I hope you make it clear! :-) Hugs, Sonia

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jrob by jrob 24 Aug 2012

Perfectly clear Sonia. ;)

momhome by momhome 24 Aug 2012

Very clear Sonia. Thanks for the tip.

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by theduchess 24 Aug 2012

Yes the disposable cutting boards would be an inexpensive way to stabilize the bag.Cheaper than plastic sheets available at Home Depot or at a plastic shop(go thru the "trash"bins since they throw out a lot)Most shops have the "trash bins" for free look-grab.

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momhome by momhome 24 Aug 2012

Thank you. I didn't know they had trash bins that you could go through.

theduchess by theduchess 25 Aug 2012

I have been informed the bin is--referred to as the scrap bin. About $2.00 per lb. or free at some places. Be sure to ask first.You'll get enough for 5-6 purses for less than $2.00..

momhome by momhome 28 Aug 2012

Thanks.

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by bevgrift 24 Aug 2012

Maybe an extra pocket type sleeve that you could slip a stiff thin plastic placemat, also used as a chopping board,into. Remove for laundry.
Happy stitching

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momhome by momhome 24 Aug 2012

Hadn't thought of that. Thank you for the idea.

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