DIY Foresty Canvas Bag

There are not many things more versatile than canvas bags. They can be used as gift bags, small purses, places to put your tea stash–you name it! And the best part about it is there aren’t many things easier to make than a canvas bag either.

Today, I’ll show you how to make your own forest themed canvas bag! πŸ™‚

You’ll need:

  • Canvas
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine (loaded with white thread)
  • Green and brown markers (Sharpies work best, but pretty much anything will do)
  • Cardboard

Start by measuring and cutting out two 9 1/2 in. by 7 in. pieces of canvas.


Lay the pieces on top of each other with the wrong sides facing outward. Then pull out your sewing machine (that you’re probably going to have to spend 30 min. with troubleshooting before you can do any actual sewing, LOL πŸ˜‰ I’m sure that happens to somebody else besides me!) and sew a 1/4 in. seam down the bottom and two sides.

To finish the top, fold it over (like a waistband) about a 1/2 in. like so:

And fold about 1/4. in. of the bottom edge under like this…

Once the folding’s done , it’s time for the last seam! πŸ˜€ Sew a 1/4 in. seam all around the folded edge, being careful not to sew the bag shut.

Turn your bag inside out to hide the stitching, push the corners out, and rejoice that the sewing is over! πŸ˜‰

Now it’s time for the best part–the decorating! Grab your pencil and sketch a pinecone on the front of your bag. I’ve found the easiest way to do this is to draw little ovals, starting with one at the top, and making each layer have progressively more circles until I think it’s big enough, and then decreasing the circles till I get to the bottom. You’ll also want to add a wispy stick on each side of the pinecone–these will serve as centers for the bunches of pine needles.

Now insert a scrap of cardboard into your bag to prevent the marker from leaking through both sides:

Then use a brown marker to fill in your circles and trace over your pine needle stems. I’ve found that Sharpies work really well for this sort of thing, but even a washable marker will do. πŸ™‚

And use a green marker to add the needles.

Take the cardboard slip out, and your new favorite bag is ready for action!

If you’re using it as a gift bag, a green ribbon makes the perfect accent.

But the fun doesn’t stop there; see what other designs you can come up with for your bags!

Happy crafting! πŸ˜‰ ❀

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