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Date: 7/21/13 5:17 AM

I want to make a zippered pouch from some rayon crepe scraps. The instructions say to use a fusible interfacing. I know people don't recommend using a fusible interfacing on crepe when sewing clothes, but do the same rules apply here? Since the pouch is box shaped I assume I would have to use a fairly heavy weight interfacing to give the fabric enough body... bad idea? Please let me know as I am truly clueless!

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Date: 7/21/13 6:06 AM

I'm not familiar with a box shaped, zippered pouch. What pattern are you using? What interfacing are you using? And why do you want to use rayon crepe?

As far as crepe goes, I've heard it tends to shrink each time heat is applied. And since rayon also shrinks a lot, rayon crepe would most likely shrink even more. To get around this problem, I would apply lots of steam and steam shrink the scraps several times until they're no longer shrinking.

Although you could use nonfusible interfacing, I wouldn't recommend it for a bag. Bags look much better when the fashion fabric is fused to the interfacing.

But since you're simply using fabric scraps that would otherwise go to waste, and you're not making a garment (bag making is different from garment making) but simply a pouch, it seems to me you don't have much to lose. Why not give it a try and see what happens. If it works, fine. If not, simply pick a more appropriate fabric and easy to work with fabric and try again.

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Date: 7/21/13 6:36 AM

Hi Nancy, Here's the tutorial for the pouch from Pretty Modern. I'm not sure what fusible interfacing I would use but I assume a heavier weight? Do you have any favorites? And the reason I want to use the rayon is because it's so pretty I don't have any experience working with crepe or pure rayon (the scraps came from someone else) and I never use fusible interfacing so truly I have no idea what I am doing . I'll steam the scraps like you suggest and see what happens (and buy extra interfacing when I go to Vogue Fabrics on Monday, LOL)

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Date: 7/21/13 7:33 AM

Thanks for the link. A couple of years ago, I made a self drafted handbag (I copied a vintage Bottega Veneta) that had those box corners, and the trick was to make absolutely sure that the corners were all exactly even and at right angles. It wasn't easy to do, but eventually I got it right.

As far as the interfacing goes, I would recommend that you use Pellon Décor Bond. This is my very favorite interfacing for handbags because it provides structure and support. I prefer it over Pellon Craft (which I don't like) because it seems to give just as much (or maybe even more) structure, but it isn't stiff.

Be sure to follow all the directions on the interfacing. Take your time and be sure to get a good bond. It would be a good idea for you to first practice fusing a scrap of your interfacing to a scrap of fabric you're not planning to use.

You may want (or may not) want to add a second layer of interfacing to the fashion fabric. The bottom should probably get two or three layers of interfacing.

If you have enough fabric, plan to make two bags. The first should be your practice bag which you can experiment with and learn from. Then you can go ahead and sew the real thing.

In order for me to get the wearable bag in the photo above, I had two make one or two wadders beforehand to work through all the problems.



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Date: 7/21/13 4:31 PM

NANCY! Your bag is GORGEOUS! Thanks for sharing the pic, that bag is ultra elegant and sophisticated-- you have marvelous taste!

I will get the Pellon Decor Bond and avoid Pellon Craft. Definitely good to know! And I hadn't even considered using more than one layer of interfacing-- like I said, I'm totally clueless

Thank you so much for the excellent advice Nancy!

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Date: 7/21/13 8:15 PM

Chemical, thank you for the lovely compliment. By the way, if you can't get the Décor Bond at Vogue Fabrics, let me know and I can suggest a few other places. Also, keep in mind that in bag making, practice makes perfect. The bag I made went through a more than one practice muslins. Good luck and have fun.

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Date: 7/21/13 9:06 PM

I went on to Vogue's website and they do have Pellon Decor Bond listed ($5.60/yard, 45 inches wide) so hopefully they'll have it in store too. And I will definitely take your advice on making a practice muslin! I need all the practice I can get Thanks Nancy!

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Date: 7/21/13 10:21 PM

Oh good. And remember, practice makes perfect!

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Date: 7/21/13 11:13 PM

When I'm worried about fusing to the main fabric, especially in a small project, I use sew in interfacing and baste it with a glue stick or KK2000 a temporary spray adhesive.

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Date: 7/22/13 0:18 AM

I recommend fusibles from Palmer Pletsch online. Its really great interfacing. I dont usually use steam to apply and it bonds beautifully.

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