I've been productive...got my booth dimensions taped out in my basement. Now I can visualize how much space I will have at Market. It's fun to plan, but makes me nervous at the same time. I feel so new to this whole process...I also have my booth sign on order, can't wait to see it.
I'm excited to share with you a new product I've discovered called "Soft and Stable"...I'm using it in place of fusible fleece in bags. I'm still using a light weight interfacing ie. Sheer Knit, but this stuff is so much better than anything else I've ever used and I've tried all the interfacing's out there. I wouldn't call this an interfacing though, it's a thin piece of foam with a fabricy shell on the outside. It's very soft and pliable. It's washable too! The nice thing is, there is no need for a separate piece for the bottom of the bag...this stuff will give enough support just on it's own.
So what I did is pieced together some blocks and made a front and back panel for a bag. Then I quilted some simple straight lines through the panel with the 'Soft and Stable' on the back...no need for a backing piece of fabric. Topstitch as desired...then the fabric and 'soft and stable' will be attached. If you don't want to quilt it...just sew a basting stitch around all four edges to hold the two pieces together.
Hopefully in the photo below you can see that the quilting made the panel have some dimension.
I thought these panels would make great placemats too.
I've also seen the 'soft and stable' be used in table runners, it looks fantastic!
I wish you could see how cool this is in person. "Soft and Stable" is a super great new product. And I'm not even getting paid to tell you this ;)
Your local quilt shop should be able to order you some.