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Posted on: 9/6/05 9:02 AM
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This tip uses materials that should be easy to find:

1) Plastic canvas
2) Timtex
3) Magna-Tac 809 (a clear adhesive used in making bridal headpieces. Comes in a nozzle bottle)

Cut two pieces of Timtex and one piece of plastic canvas in the size of your bag bottom. Use Magna-Tac to glue them together as such: Timtex, plastic canvas, Timtex.

The result is a layered and padded shape that is sturdy but not too stiff. If your bag bottom is more than 3 inches wide, and/or if you need something stiffer, you can also substitute plastic cut from a disposable plastic food storage container.

If the plastic canvas or food storage plastic is not big enough just butt pieces together and then cover the join with a smaller piece of the same material.

A small piece of food storage plastic is also useful as a backing for both sides of a magnetic snap – you won’t feel the prongs as you open and close your bag.

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Gigi Louis said... (9/7/05 9:28 AM) Reply
What a good idea, Phyllis! Thanks!
SewVeryTall said... (9/7/05 4:55 AM) Reply
Good tip Phyllis...I do something similar. I use plastic canvas with batting on each side [giant basting stitches to hold in place], then wrap in matching fabric and handsew/whipstitch to secure on the back where it won't show inside the purse. It's nice to be able to remove it and launder seperately for speedier drying and easier purse pressing.
 
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