Sew A Cute Little Bag with Waxed Canvas


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.

I even tested out Mariah’s Cross Body Bag class and I love my new bag!

Colors of waxed canvas currently available at Fabric Funhouse.

Colors of waxed canvas currently available at Fabric Funhouse.

Fabric Funhouse (the shop where I purchase all my cork fabric) provided some waxed canvas to me and it seemed like the same fabric that Mariah was using.

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.

And what about my $10 holiday mini-class??? The Quilted Tree Skirt turned out fabulous and – not to brag or anything – but it’s a Craftsy top seller! In it I walk you through sewing a beautiful Christmas Tree Skirt in way less time than you think!

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.

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