Vinyl Mesh vs. Soft Polyester Mesh

Mesh material is mesh material, right?

I’ve often been asked if Vinyl Mesh and Soft Polyester Mesh may be used interchangeably.

In MOST cases, the answer to that is NO! That means it’s really important to understand which product you need for your project and why choosing the correct product matters.

OK…sew…what’s the diff, you ask? I made a quick youtube video showing you the differences and why you really can’t use these products interchangeably.

In a nutshell, Vinyl Mesh (sometimes referred to as “Pet Screen Material”) is stiff/firm, has body and can “stand” up. Soft Poly Mesh is has none of those qualities.

Here are some examples of items that may be made using Vinyl Mesh:

Custom Size StandZa Zip Bag by Sew TracyLee makes a
WONDERFUL WonderClip Pincushion and Sewing Table Tool Corral

Psst! Pouches by Sew TracyLee
make great project pouches!

Conversely, Soft Poly Mesh is soft, limp and has no “body” of its own.

Here are some examples of things you can make with Soft Poly Mesh:

I’d love to hear from you. Have you ever used Vinyl Mesh or Soft Poly Mesh? If so, what did you make? (Please note, I have to approve each comment to protect everybody from spam & spambots, and I’m just one extremely busy person with lots of balls in the air so it may take a day or 2 for me to approve and publish your comments.)

Discovery Day Sewing — Adding a Carry Strap/Handle to Glamsy

Glamsy vinyl mesh Spa Bag with Carry Strap

On Thursday last week (9/24/17), I did some Discovery Day Sewing. I wanted to add a carry handle/strap to the Glamsy Spa Gift Bag (pictured here). She’s  for my brand new StandZa Zip Bags sewing pattern.

 

I filled Glamsy with delightful bath/spa items chosen specifically to pamper and please, including: lavender scented Epsom salt soak, body wash, buff pad, spa eye mask, lip balm, shower brush, lotion and more. I *loved* that she could hold so much so beautifully; but then I decided that I really wanted an attractive and easy way to carry and present her.

 

Sew…I decided on adding a single carry strap as a quick, easy and inexpensive solution. After making this, I do believe the method should not be limited to this project. I think it would be great for adding single or double straps/handles of any desired length to a multitude of different bags types and styles. Why spend a bunch of money on designer pre-made straps or handles when you can easily make your own custom straps?

 

What do you think? Would you like to know how I did it?

 

If I get at least 200 unique and positive responses combined I will make a 1-page, step-by-step tutorial full of pictures and provide it as a FREE PDF in NEXT Sunday’s eNews (10/1/17).

 

My time is super limited, so I need your feedback if you would like me to do this for FREE.
There are four easy ways to let me know:
  1. Make a comment on the pinned post on our SewThankful Inc. Facebook page.
  2. Email me directly.
  3. Follow us on Instagram and like the Glamsy with Straps picture.
  4. Make a comment below, on this blog post.