Ways to make fabric stiff?

I want to make a rather large bow with fabric, the problem is... it falls limp Happy
Anyone have any suggestions???
Thanks Happy

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6 replies since 5th May 2011 • Last reply 5th May 2011

You could try using interfacing or sugar startching.

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If you don't want to go the starch or interfacing route, take some heavy-gauge craft wire, or a light gauge wire that keeps its shape, and use that inside after you've sewn the bow all together.

Interfacing is probably your best bet. You could also pad the inside of the bow to make it stiffer by sewing in a layer of quilt batting.

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I know with tulle hairspray works...

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Thanks guys! I think I'll use wire because I have some lying around

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Would fabric stiffener work before you made the bow? Like Aleene's Fabric Stiffener?

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If the bow is being made of 2 rectangles gathered in the middle then try stiff netting inside to make it stand out. It's better if you want a soft sculptured bow. If you want a smaller flat/stiff bow interfacing works well

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