The best fabrics for bag making
Ahhh the wonderful world of fabric! There are so many different types of fabric out there in every texture, pattern, and colour imaginable it can be a bit overwhelming at times.
For bags and accessories, you want to choose sturdy fabrics that can withstand their potential heavy usage.
I have put together this guide to help you decide on some of the best fabrics to make your bags and accessories with.
Oilcloth is a woven fabric, which has a PVC coating on one side to give it a waterproof finish. It is a great choice if you wish for your projects to be wiped clean and water repellent. It is particularly good for making makeup bags and toiletry bags.
Upholstery/Curtain Fabric/Cotton Canvas
These 3 fabrics all fall into the same group because they are of similar weights and behaviours. These are some of my favourite fabrics to work with because they are so sturdy. They come in many different colours and patterns, are hard wearing and keep their shape well.
Perfect for making the Seren Dumpling Pouch.
There are a few practical and durable waterproof fabrics on the market that work really well for bags and accessories, especially for makeup bags and toiletry bags such as the Verity Zipper Pouch. They are easy to clean and will protect your outer fabrics just in case of any surprise spillages inside.
The choice of material is nylon - a 100% synthetic material that is water repellent, lightweight, and durable. Quite often nylon is blended or coated with other materials to give it extra strength. Here are some of my favourites.
PU coated waterproof 4 oz nylon
Cordura or similar
Shower curtains also work well and are available in lots of patterns and colours
Tip: If you choose to line your work with nylon fabric then it is highly recommended that you use nylon threads.
This fabric works so well when it comes to lining as it is cheap, practical, and due to its lightness, super easy to use. This fabric is available in pretty much every colour imaginable, so if you are looking for a perfect pink to harmonise the pretty petals in your - Fryett's print, then chances are you will be able to find it.
Depending on the weight and use of your bag, if you use this to line a small pouch such as the Iris Zipper Pouch, craft cotton will be just fine on its own. However, if you are looking to line a tote bag or something larger you may need to interface it, to give it some extra durability and strength.