Last year when Craftsy approached me about filming a holiday ‘mini-class’ that would only cost students $10, I was a bit un-sure how much content they would be willing to include for such a low price.
So I did some research. I watched some of the other mini-classes that they had. They were all awesome - a bargain for $10 - but one class in particular really hooked me… Mariah MacPherson’s Cross Body Bag: Sewing with Waxed Canvas.
After that I agreed to film the holiday mini-class for them and life got crazy designing the project, prepping for on-camera instruction, and flying to Denver to film it at the Craftsy studios (scroll down to see what my class is about).
Needless to say, I never got the chance to sew a waxed canvas bag, until now!
Fabric Funhouse (the shop where I purchase all my cork fabric) reached out and asked if I’d like to try some waxed canvas.
And I knew exactly what I would sew too. 💕
The waxed canvas from Fabric Funhouse is cotton canvas fabric imported from Scotland that has been treated with C4X wax to make it water, dirt, and stain resistant.
I found it to be the perfect leather-alternative for sewing bags and purses because it’s easy to sew (no special needle required) and it’s heavy and durable.
When I first started sewing my bag, I tried to be careful not to scuff up the surface of the waxed canvas. But after a while I realized it was pointless to try and I love the scuffed texture anyway!
Turning the bag right side out through the opening in the lining really crumpled it up and really made the fabric look beautiful.
For the lining I used scraps of Jubilee from Riley Blake (leftover from my Candy Corn Quilt Top).
I was a little disappointed by how small the interior pockets are on this bag design, but the outer pocket (with a gorgeous purple zipper) is large enough for my phone so I’ll be fine.
I swear, I love this little purse!
If you are sewing with waxed canvas for the first time, I totally recommend watching the Craftsy class that I mentioned. Mariah provides lots of practical advice for creasing the fabric instead of pressing and alternative methods for marking. And her bag design is simply lovely.
If you’d rather make your own waxed canvas, Fabric Funhouse carries some wax for that, and Mariah shows you how to do it in the class too!
And what about my holiday mini-class??? It turned out fabulous. In it I’ll walk you through sewing a beautiful Christmas Tree Skirt in way less time than you think! There’s even a kit that includes fabric + the pattern (but not the video instruction).
Enough of my sewing this week… what about you? What have you been sewing up? It’s time for you to show off! Did you make something with one of my free sewing tutorials or patterns? I would love to see. Tag me on Instagram @sewcanshe.