How to Attach a Ribbon to a Canvas Tote

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How to Attach a Ribbon to a Canvas Tote
Attach ribbon to canvas bags with glue. (ribbons image by TekinT from

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
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Wash the canvas tote bag and iron it, if you want to.

  2. 2

    Cut the ribbon to the length that you need it.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    Place the ribbon onto the canvas tote and press into the material to ensure it sticks.

  5. 5

    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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