One large Acrylic Painting on Canvas:
24in X 24in frame size works well
or larger cut to the largest square
Woven Fabric for short sides of Bag about 13in X 19in:
I used the back of an old dress shirt
if larger us a ratio of 1 to 1.5, 1= side of frame
Tools for removing canvas from frame
pen or fabric pencil
Sewing Machine (thread and stiff needle)
Step 1: Canvas Prep and Removal
Remove the canvas from the frame and discard all fasteners.
Canvass wrapped over the frame will be used. Don't trim.
Save frame for your artist friend.
Step 2: Cutting It Down
Fold in half and mark the fold line with pen.
Cut along pen mark.
Step 3: More Cutting
One of these will become the bottom, the other will be used to make handles.
Separate woven fabric into two halves, the long way.
Step 4: Matching Short Sides and Bottom- Laying Out Pattern
The bottom and short sides should have the exact same depth.
Now lie out the pattern and see how it looks.
Step 5: Attaching Sides to Bottom
Sew along that base edge, about 1/4in in from the edge. You are effectively sewing inside out.
Repeat this with the other canvass side.
Step 6: Attaching Short Sides
Lie the canvass pieces painted side up and place the short sides over the bottom piece with their edges flush.
Sew, about 1/2in from the edges and over the corners to seal the bottom of the bag.
Do this with both short sides.
Step 7: Side to Side
You will need to fold the canvas over on itself, such that the two pieces you are sewing lie flat against one another, flush at the edge. I found that for two of the edges rolling the rest of the bag up long-ways was necessary.
Sew all four edges, from bottom up.
Step 8: Finishing the Top
Sew around the bag, securing the fold on all sides.
Step 9: Handles
Sew these to the inside of the two canvass sides with an 'X' patten.
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