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What is hair canvas and plastic canvas?
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Date: 7/17/12 5:00 PM

I am about to start a messenger bag for my DH and the pattern calls for using either hair canvas as an interfacing or plastic canvas which I am not sure what either are--? The pattern also calls for using a piece of cardboard. Is this necessary or could I use that heavy duty dbl sided stiff interfacing--I forget the name of it-? Thank you!

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Date: 7/17/12 6:56 PM

I can't answer all your questions but plastic canvas is crafty stuff with about 1/8 inch holes. Some bags use it in place of cardboard as a washable stiffener. Hair canvas is a tailoring product used in coat and jacket construction. Beautiful stuff to work with but usually hand sewn in.
Can you provide the pattern info...maybe someone else done it?

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Date: 7/18/12 1:55 AM

Plastic canvas is used for a stiff base in purses and bags and is also used in embroidery. It's a lot stiffer than hair canvas and is found in the embroidery area of a craft store.
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In reply to Mrs4Him

Date: 7/18/12 11:03 AM

Hair Canvas is made of Goat hair and wool, and is normally used in Tailoring. Plastic canvas is used in needlework. In this case, you are looking for Stiffening. I would suggest that you use the plastic canvas, or/and whatever they have come up with as a replacement for TimTex. Ask at your fabric store - they should be able to help you. or go online, and google "Timtex replacement"
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In reply to chrisquilts_2

Date: 7/19/12 9:40 AM

It's Butterick 5694 messenger bags.

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