• Up-cycled Canvas Bags
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    Kate Taylor
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Up-cycled Canvas Bags

I don't know about you, but I have a lot of canvas bags at home. I always grab one as I race out the door.... as I will inevitably need to buy milk or bread or something like that and that's one less plastic bag in circulation which is great. After a while though, through good use they have started to look a little tired. 

So I decided they needed a little update.... This is also the perfect way to use up any left over fabric you may have accumulated over time. 

Grab your canvas bags and your remnant fabric and start playing.....

On this bag I chose to add pockets on either side, covering up any logos and text. Its all very straight forward.... Cut your fabric to size.

Pin and hem the top edge of both the pockets with a sewing machine. 

Now you are ready to pin your pockets on to your canvas bag, and sew along the three sides. 

Now you have a brand new up-cycled bag, with extra pockets and it took no longer than 30 min! 

Ok time to fill it with all the important stuff. 

I did a couple of versions to show you what else is possible. This is a great kindy or travel bag for your little one. Pencils, cars, Uno and a hat..... oh a water bottle will fit too..... and a snack! 

I hand stitched a bright red heart on to this one. Perfect if you have a gift for someone special.... My DIY Family Puzzle fits nicely. You can check out the tutorial here

This is another smaller version with pockets either side..... pastels this time and just big enough for the basics. I love how all of these turned out, so simple, so quick and they cost me nothing at all. Another advantage of up-cycling. 

If you enjoyed this tutorial or have any questions, you can hit me up in the comments section below.... or you can email me direct on kate@taylorandcloth.com.au. 

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  • Feb 28, 2015

    This is a great idea Kate! I had almost tossed some left over material but now I know what to do with it.. :-) I’ve also always wanted to make my own bag but it felt like too big of a job but i think i can tackle this!

    — Soph

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