I didn’t mean to end up with a bunch of waxed canvas projects here, but it’s been fun playing around with it for sure. I’m excited about this small Hillside Tote in Olive Waxer Canvas. I think what I love most about using it is when I need a quick project. Because I don’t interface the waxed canvas part of the project it ends up saving time. Instead of a fully interfaced exterior I focus on using a sturdy lining, which lately has been Big Sur canvas. I recently ordered a bunch of colors from Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics, and it’s been so fun seeing them in person.
So I used Waxer Canvas for this Hillside Tote with a Big Sur canvas lining. And a leather fixed length strap because, it’s fast! I love it. I love a quick project that you can use right away! It’s fun to see a few rectangles of fabric, a zipper, leather and hardware come together in just an afternoon and end up as a useful bag.
It’s been great experimenting with different types of waxed canvas, too. In fact, I just finished a prototype of an upcoming pattern using a dry waxed canvas that I purchased from Blackbird Fabrics (6.5 oz Dry Waxed Cotton Canvas, which looks like it’s sold out at the moment). I really enjoyed using it! Trying different substrates like this helps me choose fabrics for future projects, because they’re all different with different qualities so it’s nice to know for when I’m sewing up my next sample! I think that’s really been holding my interest lately, trying new types fabrics! If you’re unsure about a certain type of fabric, I’d highly recommend trying it! Start with a simple tote or zippered pouch and see how you like it. Starting with a low time/fabric commitment type project will give you a great feel for how you might makes changes to your next project. Experimenting is half the fun!
Pattern: Hillside Tote (mini)
Fabric: Waxer Canvas (Olive), Big Sur Canvas (Smokey Beige)
Hardware, zipper and leather straps (1″-wide by 54″, which are easy to customize to whatever length you’d need) available in my shop!