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Date: 12/11/12 12:24 PM

I wanted to get some canvas fabric to make bags.
At www.fabric.com their canvas is sold out but there are lot of muslins listed under the same result.
Are they the same?
Can I use muslin as bag material?
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Date: 12/11/12 12:32 PM

Muslin is usually much lighter in weight than canvas. I would certainly never make a bag using muslin.

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Date: 12/11/12 3:40 PM

Muslin is generally more of a dress weight material, while canvas is tougher - like blue jeans.

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Looking at the site, you could also use "duck". Another suggestion is heading to your local hardware store and picking up a canvas dropcloth. They work well too.

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Date: 12/11/12 4:55 PM

This looks like they have plenty of canvas to choose from.

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Date: 12/11/12 5:25 PM

Do you have Hobby Lobby where you live? They sell my favorite canvas, in several solid colors, and now in some interesting prints, as well. It softens up a lot after washing, so that may affect how you decide to pre-treat it.

Muslin is a thin, lightweight cotton--like you'd use in a quilt.

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Date: 12/12/12 11:03 AM

Thank you for your replies.
I thought about canvas so it's thick enough that I don't need to line it, but I want to embroider it so I'll have to line it anyways to hide the backing.
I'll try muslin and see how it works.
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Date: 12/12/12 1:11 PM


I am gonna try to talk you out of that. Muslin is in general not tough enough. thick enough to handle either emb.. or being used as bags..
Duck cloth. .comes in more weights. a lightweight duck might be okay.
Canvas.. fab for bags. .a bit thick to emb nicely on. although some do. its much thicker than duck cloth.. in general.

I would use a lightweight duck.. or even better. go find a heavy cotton ( which is what duck cloth is.. but there are other cottons etc) that are heavier than muslin. Use the muslin as the liner.
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Date: 12/12/12 1:20 PM

What about a linen in a pretty color? There are so many different weights, and they are so wonderful to embroider. fabrics_store.com always has good deals, colors,and weights available.

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Date: 12/12/12 2:22 PM

Ohhh so many ideas! Thank you! :)
How about twill fabric?
I wanted thin enough to have a lining but thick enough to hold an embroidery & shape.
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Date: 12/12/12 5:32 PM

I think twill is an excellent choice. It has a fair amount of bias stretch to it, though, so you'll want to make sure you stabilize it (which you would do anyway for machine embroidery, but not normally for handwork).

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