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Date: 1/29/12 3:56 AM

I'm working on Nicole Mallalieu's Panel shoulder bag. The pattern says that you can use a wide range of fabrics from wool and leather to quilting weight cotton fabrics. My question is what fabric will make it look less homemade?

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Date: 1/29/12 9:43 AM

Both The Sewing Workshop (sewingworkshop.com) and Marcy Tilton (marcytilton.com) sell fabrics specifically for bags that aren't likely to look like they were made from craft store fabrics. Looking at their sites might give you some good ideas even if you don't buy from them. Check out some of Marcy's tutorials and closet info too. Sometimes rainwear fabrics work well (light weight, hard wearng, etc). Also watch Emma One Sock (emmaonesock.com) and Marcy's remnant listings to save a bit of money on your purchase. Hope this helps.

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Date: 1/29/12 12:33 PM

Bunny, from lasewist blog, makes the NICEST bags. I did a search and pasted just those posts.

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Date: 1/29/12 4:52 PM

The things that make a bag look more professional are using the right interfacing for your fabric (and wadding, if appropriate), construction and finishing techniques such as trimming seams and clipping corners, top stitching and pressing. Use good quality rings, feet, zips, etc.

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Date: 1/31/12 2:41 PM

I think a combination of a good quality quilt fabric and interfacing are the trick. I've also seen bags made of sturdier home dec fabric which may not require interfacing.

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Date: 2/1/12 4:53 PM

If you look at the examples Nicole has on her website, you can see that she has made the panel bag out of lots of different fabrics. You can really use anything you want. It is not the fabric that will make it look homemade, it is poor finishing or structure. If your fabric is lightweight, follow Nikki's directions for adding structure.

I've made two Panel bags. The first is in an imitation suede, and the second in denim. And I've seen it made in lots of other fabrics. Nikki has one where she used leather for the "panel", and wool fabric for the rest of it. But it looks great in thin cotton fabrics, too, as long as you use appropriate interfacings inside. Read the pattern for all the info about that!

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Date: 2/1/12 11:36 PM

I like denim and upholstery fabrics.

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Date: 2/2/12 9:21 PM

I make loads of bags, and to make them look more professional, I like to use home dec weight fabrics or upholstery fabrics. I haven't been as happy with bags I've made from quilter's cotton or other light fabrics.

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Date: 2/2/12 9:32 PM

I agree - in order to use a lighter weight cotton like quilters cotton then it needs to be quilted. And you have to like that look in a bag.

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Date: 2/3/12 3:57 PM

I disagree. I've seen (and made) nice bags out of light-weight cotton which weren't quilted. BUT they did have appropriate fused structural materials added to them.

Really it all comes down to personal taste. Use fabric you like, and use appropriate interfacings to get the stiffness or otherwise you want.

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