A Purse Insert’s BEST Friend!


So… can you take one more post showing off one of our patterns with a “vinylized” makeover”? By now you just might be thinking I’ve gone off the deep end for iron-on vinyl, but here’s the deal… As much as I am convinced that purse inserts are the best thing to ever happen to a handbag, I’m equally convinced that iron-on vinyl is the BEST thing to ever happen to a purse insert!

Look how great it looks on our Porta-PocketsPLUS Purse Insert!

To review: We used Shiny Iron-on vinyl by Sew Lazy on our Porta-Pockets Purse Insert in the 1st post in this series, and Matte Heat n Bond by Thermoweb on our Encore Purse Insert in our second review, but here’s the deal… Up until now, I just haven’t had much luck taking a picture that captures the difference between these two materials…

BUT…

finally, here’s a picture I’m reasonably happy with. The sample underneath is coated with “Gloss” Heat n Bond, and as you can see, it has a slick, wet finish, whereas the sample on top is coated with the “Matte” Heat n Bond.

The look is muted, a bit milky, plasticized if you will.

And that’s not the only difference I noted between the Shiny and the Matte finish. You might recall from our review of the Matte Heat n Bond,  that it seemed that the process of gathering of the Pouch Pockets was considerably more difficult than it had been when using the Shiny product in the Porta-Pockets review).

Could this have been the fault of the Matte vinyl? 
I wasn’t sure then, but to settle the issue, I decided to try the Gloss version of the Heat n Bond for the construction of this Porta-PocketsPLUS! And you know what?

I can’t explain why, but once again the Pouch Pockets were WAY easier to gather & stitch!  So…as far as I’m concerned, the case is closed.
The Gloss Heat n Bond and the Shiny from Sew Lazy are just easier to work with.        Period.  🙂

And here’s yet another advantage to using iron-on vinyl in our Purse Inserts.

     Credit and Loyalty cards just stay put better within the vinyl-coated slots of the CC Caddys and Holders than they did within the fabric-only slots. No shifting or sliding. I still recommend installing the elastic security band, (but only as a precaution).

So… in conclusion, as we found with our other Purse Inserts, using Iron-On Vinyl is a beautiful AND practical option for the Porta-PocketsPLUS Purse Insert. And once again, I’m recommending just a few modifications to the pattern templates and instructions to make the process easier.

We’ve summarized these changes for you in a convenient color pictorial which is specific for the PortaPocketsPLUS, and you can download it by clicking HERE!

So….This may finish up our experimentation with Iron-On Vinyl and our Purse insert patterns, but now the question that remains is…

What about the rest of our patterns?  
Have YOU tried iron-on vinyl for a handbag?
Which of our handbag patterns do YOU think would benefit 
from a “vinylized” exterior?
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7 Comments So Far, You're Next!

  1. OK, so the first test was Sew Lazy Shiny vinyl; the second was HeatnBond Matte vinyl; and for the third you went “back to Shiny” — Sew Lazy or HeatnBond? (I checked the HeatnBond website: they have “Matte” and “Gloss.”)
    About 3 or 4 years ago, I made a backpack for my grandson with iron-on vinyl on the lining. It was AWFUL to sew with! I had to use paper between the vinyl and the presser foot, couldn’t see where to sew, and it was just real ugly. I don’t know why I still have this stuff, since I swore never to use it again, but I have hauled it from its hiding place and it’s called “Lustre Finish” HeatnBond — not currently offered on its website. Perhaps the HeatnBond products you used are more recent than the Lustre finish?
    So did you not have ANY trouble stitching these three? Did you stitch or topstitch directly on the vinyl-covered fabric, or was there always bias tape or wrong-side of the fabric (or something else) against the presser foot? I am really glad you took the opportunity to try these products and to let us know your experiences with them. You are a wonderful educator! (Hope you are having a great time at Market!)

  2. Hi Carol-
    Good point- I have corrected my review to reflect the fact that the shiny Heat n Bond product is actually called “Gloss”. So sorry for that.
    Here’s the deal though- I had NO problems sewing on any of these three. The Heat n Bond Gloss had a shiny finish exactly like the Sew Lazy Shiny product and both of these products were easier to manipulate than the Heat n Bond Matte finish.
    BUT- all three products were easy as pie to sew through. There was no need for using paper or special needles. I must admit that i have no experience with the products that were available three or four years ago, but these products can only be described as FUN to work with as far as I am concerned.
    If you think your project could benefit from the protection these finishes with provide, I highly recommend them!
    So, thanks again for writing and pointing out the potential for confusion in the way I had them labeled! 🙂

  3. Thank you so much for clarifying. It seems like an easily cleaned (vinyl) surface would be good for handbag bottoms too. I will certainly give it a try, with your recommendation — and I never would have tried again otherwise.

  4. I guess this is a great container and adorable clutch bag to carry my make up accessories

  5. CHRISTINE CAMPBELL

    I absolutely must have this as MY purse insert-organizer!!!! Please tell me how much it is and ifs its for sale. Please e-mail me with the details ASAP PLEASE!!!!!! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Hi, try using a teflon foot if you’re working with any type of vinylor plastic material that an ordinary foot would stick to.