Pros and Cons of Patent Vinyl

There are a number of different fabrics to choose from when looking to make your own handbag. Patent vinyl is one of those options, and it comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. If you like the sheen look of the fabric, it can be a lot of fun to use, but you do have to weigh the benefits of the look with the practicality of the function. There’s a lot to consider, so here is a basic breakdown of what you might gain or lose from incorporating patent vinyl in your handbags.

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Pros
As mentioned in the introduction, patent vinyl does have a unique look to it that a lot of people adore. It’s not as flashy as PVC, but it still has that glossed over look that is all the rage nowadays. It is about the same sheen as leather, but it isn’t as expensive to buy. This makes it the perfect choice for a lot of fabric projects.
Patent vinyl is also available in a huge assortment of colors, making it easy to pair with just about anything. You can get something simple like grey vinyl, or you could get something more elaborate like hot pink. Pair any of that with some faux fur or snakeskin, and you’ve got the makings of a great bag.
This fabric can be very easy to clean because most liquids just roll right off it.

It doesn’t have the absorbent quality of many other fabrics on the market, so it can be really great for people who tend to be on the klutzy side. If spills might be an issue with you, patent vinyl could be an excellent option.

Fading is not an issue because of the construction of the fabric. It can maintain its bright hue for years and years, making it the perfect choice for those “oh my gosh” accessories. If you’re a bold person in need of some ostentatious colors, turn to patent vinyl.

Cons
Unfortunately, patent vinyl is not as durable as many of the fabrics out there today. It can still be used to make a handbag, but not one fit for a working mom that needs to carry a million pounds of “necessities” with her everywhere she goes. If all you need do is to make a simple clutch or lightweight bag though, it’s still a good option.

It’s really hard to pin patent vinyl together with other fabrics during bag construction because the holes show up easily. You have to be careful what you attach to where if you want to keep your handbag looking its best.
Patent vinyl can also be a bit too much for some people’s tastes. While there are those that love the look, there are also those who can’t stand it. Of course, if this is not the fabric for your personal taste, don’t get it, but don’t let other people’s opinions stop you from having some vinyl fun.

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