I loved working with the canvas and my sewing machine to create my faux mini quilt! So much, that I decided to make a canvas bottle gift bag to take as a hostess gift for Thanksgiving.
It was easy to make but a bit time consuming, so don’t wait till the last minute if you decide to try one!
I started out with a 16″ square of canvas that I wet with water. I sprayed the canvas with fabric spray paint and used a brush to create a watercolor background. Tip: you can definitely get away with a smaller piece of canvas…maybe 16″x14″. I can put a large bottle in mine with room to spare!
While I waited for my background to dry, I stamped leaves on a extra piece of canvas with black ink and colored them in with a bit of the green spray paint. Each leaf was then cut out individually.
I cut a piece of brown felt into irregular branch shapes and sewed them onto my canvas using black thread.
I went back in with more stamping (these stamps were carved by me!) to create a background of leaves.
After painting in some of the background leaves, I sewed all my canvas leaves onto my branches.
The final step was to sew the bag together. I kept it simple with one seam across the bottom and then up the side. I finished off the top by running a tight zigzag stitch around the edge. I sewed my ribbons on at the end right over the side seam but I would recommend that you add them in as you sew the bag closed! Hindsight and all that…
I am having a blast with my new sewing machine, learning as I go! After sewing on the leaves with just a straight stitch, I can see where a free-motion foot would come in handy! I’ll definitely be looking into that for next year.
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