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Plastic Lighting Panels for Purse Bottoms (Tip/Technique)
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Posted by: Jan B.
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Posted on: 3/30/04 2:58 PM
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Hardware stores carry a 2'X4' plastic panel or sheet that fits into a ceiling grid covering flourescent lights. They come in various designs and are flexible yet firm in small pieces. I used one cut to fit in the bottom of the purse I made so that the purse wouldn't collapse when I sit it down.
My original intent was to cover it in with my lining fabric, but since it is transparent, I left it as is. This seems to be working well and has much more body than the plastic needlepoint sheets I've seen recommended.
Cutting the material is a little tricky--my husband used a Dremel wheel. The best part is that you could get LOTS of purse reinforcements for very little money.
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Liana said...
Great tip! I will try this, although the cutting sounds tricky.
3/31/04 2:33 AM
Annette H said...
Great idea. Lots of non-sewing stuff can be useful when you open your mind to it. Thanks!
3/31/04 4:48 AM
Jan B. said...
Guess what I found at our local quilt shop? If you guessed plastic inserts to use in the bottom of purses, you are right!! The only difference is, it was probably 1/4" thick rather than 1/8".
4/1/04 10:32 PM

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