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Date: 8/7/13 1:40 PM

Not sure if this is the best place to discuss this, but does anyone who makes bags/purses use Scotchguard-like products on their exterior fabrics to protect it from stains and dirt?

I have a purse and lunch bag I want to make using quilting cotton for the exterior fabric, but I don't want to cover it with clear vinyl or laminate it, so I'm trying to find a different solution for protecting the fabric.

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Date: 8/7/13 1:46 PM

I need to follow this.

I made a purse out of a corduroy material and it's so hard to keep clean.

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Date: 8/8/13 0:39 AM

I made a cross body bag out of quilting cotton and used Scotch Guard on it. It really has helped to keep it clean and spot free.
I plan on making more bags and will scotch guard them as well if they are non-leather/vinyl material.
I did try it on scraps first to make sure it was O.K..

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Date: 8/8/13 0:42 AM

I made a duffle bag that I scotchgarded. It seemed to work pretty well.

I use quilting cotton because I know I can just toss it in the wash, so the duffle is the only one I have ever treated.

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In reply to lelliebunny

Date: 8/8/13 10:07 AM

Yeppers.. Scotchguard.. or a like product.. I use the Scotchguard on my furniture covers even.
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Date: 8/9/13 8:35 AM

I haven't used anything on mine.
I throw handbags I've made into the washing machine when they need cleaning.
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Date: 8/9/13 11:24 AM

Don't forget to use metal or plastic feet. The ones they sell specifically for that are a bit expensive but I have used "bachelor buttons" as feet, snaps as feet, and even considered gluing some vinyl to the bottom. The nasty part of the purse is what touches the floor and then we put on our lap on the table...... ick.

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Date: 8/9/13 12:53 PM

Yeah, I took a bag making class at Sew Expo a couple years ago and the instructor suggested iron on clear vinyl for the underside of the purse (which is totally fine), it's just the rest of it I'm hoping to protect. Sounds like a lot of good experiences with Scotchguard, so I'll try that out :)
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Date: 8/9/13 1:48 PM

If you plan to launder the bag, you will need to reapply the ScotchGard. But maybe you need it because you don't plan to launder? LOL
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Date: 8/12/13 2:43 AM

Hah, good point I've never laundered my purses in the past because there's been leather on them and I was paranoid about what would happen to it in the wash
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