Decorate a canvas tote the next time you want to give a personalised gift. You can give a canvas tote away as a gift to bridesmaids, teachers or a new mother. Decorating a bag yourself adds an original quality to it. Use fabric paints, buttons, raffia, stencils and iron-on transfers to personalise the bags. Attaching ribbon to a canvas bag can give it a more colourful look to accompany other decorations.
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Things you need
- Fabric glue
- Hot glue
- Popsicle sticks
Wash the canvas tote bag and iron it, if you want to.
Cut the ribbon to the length that you need it.
Squeeze fabric glue or hot glue onto the back of the ribbon and spread into an even layer with a Popsicle stick or other flat-edged wooden tool. If you're using hot glue, work quickly because the glue dries quickly. Use fabric glue if you intend to wash the tote at any time.
Place the ribbon onto the canvas tote and press into the material to ensure it sticks.
Let the glue dry according to its directions. This could vary depending on the type of glue you're using.
Tips and warnings
- Be careful when using hot glue. It can easily burn you if you don't use it properly.
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