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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A little info on Interfacing

Interfacing is what gives your bag character. It is what defines the look and feel. Interfacing is the most important part of your bag to give it structure when it is needed most. Interfacing is fused or sewn to the wrong side of your fabric to give it structure. If you are making a casual bag use an interfacing that is light weight and flexible. This will allow your bag to move with out a lot of structure but give it support. Hobo bags, casual totes and small bags are perfect for this interfacing. Light weight fleece interfacing is perfect for hobobags and can also be used. If you want a little more structure, use a medium weight interfacing, this gives a bit more structure, it is still giving you a casual look to the bag but yet a little more structure. Totes with embellishment and appliques, quilted bags, large bags like messenger bags and diaper bags are a perfect example for this interfacing. For a bag that requires a lot of structure like evening bags, clutches etc.., line your bag body and lining. This will allow your bag to stand on it's own. Light weight fusible interfacing is a fabulous product for small projects like coin purses, small bags (wristlets) wallets, and giving those saggy pockets structure. This interfacing comes in a variety of weights and makes a great substitute for sew interfacing. It is all up to you, you know what you are looking for. Do not be afraid to try, touch it at the store to get the feel for every weight, experiment with it. The options are endless. You can find interfacing at most of your fine fabric stores and online. I recently did some research on interfacing and found this helpful link that gives detailed information on choosing interfacing, preshrinking fabrics and fusing: Just remember to have fun with your project. You are creating a one of a kind piece of art, take your time and enjoy.

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