I Blame It On The Timtex

I’ve never really liked working with Timtex – that ultra stiff interfacing that most bags and purses call for. I know that it usually gives a great shape and support to my projects, but it such a PITA to work with. So, why I decided to use it for my Stash and Dash pattern I will never know. This is what my make-up bag looks like right now:

It’s hard like armor and is in the shape of a tortoise shell. It also makes an unpleasant crinkly sound if you try to shift it around – all in all, in my opinion, it’s a wadder (I also don’t like the fabric combination that I used either, but I was left with the fat quarters that hadn’t been packed away yet). Next time around, I’m digging through my fabric boxes and finding my Amy Butler prints (or something like it) and using a much lighter weight interfacing. Now back to my Burda tunic!

13 thoughts on “I Blame It On The Timtex

  1. Miss Sassy

    Oh great – I just ordered my first Timtex. I have never used it.
    I think your fabric combinations are pretty and that you’ll be pleased with the bag when you are using it.

  2. bernadette

    I don’t get the timtex craze either. I haven’t bought any because it is expensive(especially for something you don’t actually SEE once you use it!) and it is too stiff.
    I guess the fabric bowl/vase/box patterns started the trend. And I haven’t thought of a good reason to make those anyway.
    Have you found any great uses for timtex?

  3. Jan

    Hi Stacey,
    I enjoy your blog. I recently began working with Timtex, so I feel your pain. Recently I found this site http://disdressed.blogspot.com/ with the tutorial on how to handle Timtex, it seems a little time consuming, but it does look like it could work.
    Congratulations on your baby news, and the house move.

  4. stacy

    Timtex would make a good replacement for Kevlar. LOL
    Thanks for the link Jan! Yesterday I was trying to remember where I had seen that tutorial and couldn’t remember! I thought it was the best idea on how to work with Timtex.

  5. stephanie

    I don’t know why pattern people think bags need to be so stiff. Timtex is an ultra pain and I always have to readjust my machine after I use it. There are plenty of heavy weight interfacings that are not as obnoxious. And not all bags need to be able to stand on thier own while empty.

  6. bernadette

    I have not sewn a bag in a while but I used to use fabric-slip-covered stiff cardboard or plastic sheet to give shape and support to the bottom of crocheted bags. They were not sewn in – they just fit in tightly but were easy to remove (or replace) for bag-washing.

  7. Kris

    I agree that the bag looks great! Fun colors 🙂 I actually always buy Peltex 70 at Joanne’s – it’s sooooo much cheaper (esp. with the coupons). It’s great for certain projects – I’m using it for the Downtown Madison Bag that I’m making,and put triple layers of it on the bottom to really give it some shape and support. The sides have one layer each. It’s also great for totes 🙂

  8. Lori

    I hate sewing that stuff, too, but it has made for some great bag shapers. Anyway… unless it is necessary, I usually use a canvas or another type of interfacing.
    I’ll have to check out the Peltex 70 that Kris is talking about.

  9. Tammy

    I too like the fabric and think it will look great. However, I have never worked with timtex but do have a piece just sitting and waiting on me – thanks for the heads up.

  10. Cheryl

    I’ve been considering buying the Timtex for some time, but never mind now! I guess I thought it was “the stuff to use” since Amy B recommends it. Also, about your make-up bag. I too made that bag, only the little coin purse. I used some of the Belle fabrics and it is a cute one, however, talk about being a pain…I felt the pattern was sorta hard to read & the little bag took me all afternoon to make. I do love it though.

  11. Kristina

    Timtex is a pain! but after you sew a few things its not so bad…..i cut my timtex 1″ smaller than my fabric…that way it is not in the seams! it is why easier to work with. Does any body have any ideas on finishing seams when working with timtex?…bias tape is a little tricky in combo with the timtex.

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