I have a long list of things that I absolutely love to buy… shoes, bags, earrings, necklaces, clothes, coffee cups, my list could go on! So when I get crafty, I tend to stick to things I’m going to use and they usually fall into the above categories. I might see things while I’m out and about and think to myself “Oh I can make that!” or I see something on Pinterest and add my own little twist to it. In this case, I wanted to fancy up a canvas bag. There is always a use for these bags so I decided to make this one for my daughter to put books or dolls in.
Okay, now confession time! This was not the original craft I was going to do this week. I was going to do a canvas bag with a cute saying but when I transferred the saying to the bag, it didn’t work the way the package said it would and it was extremely faded and looked AWFUL! Soooo… plan B! That’s what life is all about anyways, right?! Learning to make the best of what comes your way? So, I looked through my craft supplies and found a way to cover up the mess I made on my poor canvas bag! To be honest, it turned out cuter than the original project would have if it had turned out right… go figure!
What you'll need:
-2 different pieces of fabric
-pattern for the letter of your choice
-Heat & Bond or Wonder Under
-sewing machine (optional)
The first step in this project is to iron out your bag and 2 fabrics to get all the creases out. One of the fabrics is going to be your background and the other fabric is going to be what you use for the block letter. It’s up to you what you choose but you want the letter to be bold to stand out over the background. Cut the background fabric to whatever your desired size is (I went with a 7x7 inch square) then cut the Heat & Bond to the same size. Once you have the wrinkles out, you want fuse the background fabric and Heat & Bond together according to the directions on the package.
Repeat this process with the fabric you will use for your letter and set it aside for now.
After you have the background fabric ready, peel off the backing, position it on to the canvas bag where you want it, and iron it on.
Now it’s time to get the letter ready. You first need to make a pattern. It doesn’t need to be anything great, I just drew a nice big “a” on a scrap piece of paper and cut it out. Then you flip over the fabric you prepared for your letter to the side with the paper from the Heat & Bond and flip the letter pattern over so it’s backwards, and trace it on. Just make sure when you do this step that the letter will be going the right way once it’s cut out.
Now cut it out as neatly as possible with fabric scissors and peel the backing off.
Position it on to the background fabric on the bag and iron accordingly. Now if you are happy with it, this can be your final step! But, I like it to have a little more of a finished look so I used my sewing machine to go around the edge of the background then again around the letter. You can use a plain stitch or a zig-zag stitch, or anything you think looks good to finish the edges. This makes it took like you spent a little more time on it (which you did) and if you ever have to wash it, the fabrics won’t fall off easily. I am so happy with how it turned out!
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