I made a couple of bags using Kraft-Tex for a sturdy bottom section a while back, and wasn’t that happy with it. My review is here, if you want to read it.
However, when I got some lovely bird fabric in a guild swap, I decided to make another tote bag and use Kraft-Tex to protect the bottom again. I pre-washed the Kraft-Tex to soften it a little, then crumpled it in my hands to soften it a little more.
I had BARELY enough for a shorter-than-recommended bottom section, but it worked out fine. I used the same pattern as before, the Market Tote which is free at Bijou Lovely.
As you can see, I had some beautiful birds-in-the-grass fabric (a Moda print) for the inside.
I used a buttonhole stitch to secure the top edge of the Kraft-Tex. Overall, the Kraft-Tex was much easier to use this time. It makes a sturdy bottom for the bag, is washable, and presumably will wear better than a plain fabric bottom.
As before, the Market Bag tutorial was very well done and easy to follow. The only change I made was to revise the way the bottom was attached so that I didn’t have Kraft-Tex in the seams; that would have been quite bulky. I laid the Kraft-Tex on the top fabric and secured the edges with buttonhole stitch just inside the seamline, so it wasn’t necessary to have Kraft-Tex in the seams to hold it in place. That worked a lot better.
In other words, I am now revising my opinion of Kraft-Tex and probably will use it for this purpose again! It still does’t really look like leather to me, but in this case that isn’t the point.
Essentially you have a “double bottom” on the bag if I read the Market Tote tutorial correctly. I can see how this would “extend the life” of the bag by putting the Kraft-Tex on the bottom of the bag. I like to hear about materials that are “new” and appreciate that you gave the product another chance. Sounds to me like washing it was a great idea for use in a project with other fabrics. I watched the video on C&T’s website and they recommended “pre washing” if you were to wash your project at some point. Did you notice any shrinkage? By the way, great pattern and I lOVE the bird bag!.
I don’t think the Kraft-Tex shrank, but it was easier to work with after washing. Thanks for visiting and commenting 😄