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    I am planning to make a waterproof canvas/cork tote to use here in Wyoming for the winter. It snows a lot and I would like something large, structured and durable for lugging around baby items/gym clothes/etc. This is more of a utility tote than a designer handbag but could be scaled to be a smaller leather tote.

    Looking for suggestions for interfacing. I want this to “stand up” on its own and not collapse yet be pliable enough to be shoved in a locker at the rec center.



    Hi Kristin,
    I am sure that Richard or the other students have some great suggestions also, however, while I am new to the Academy, I have been making bags for a while now. I have found that a thin foam works wonders for a lightweight, durable lining that is collapsible yet holds it’s form well. There is a product called Flexfoam that many use for this purpose. Hope this give you an idea. Love your design – can’t wait to see it in finished form! I LOVE cork!!



    Do you want the lining itself to be stiff? You can take a waterproof material backed with polyurethane and back it with .o20 bontex. which will give you the stiffness without the bulk and be waterproof. The Bontex will prevent mold and mildew from forming due to moisture.

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