Plain canvas bags are fun and easy to decorate in impressive and creative ways. Even those with unwanted logos can be beautifully embellished while completely covering the insignias. The companies that provide complimentary swag are hoping to obtain free advertising, but they cannot prevent recipients from making major changes to their gear. Whether you purchased a basic bag or received one for free, consider three creative ways to decorate the heavy woven fabric. It can go from simple to sensational using easy no-sew decorating techniques.
Decorate Plain Canvas Bags with Monogrammed Doily Designs
Monogrammed bags can be highly stylish, even canvas varieties. When seeking no-sew ways to decorate a heavy cotton handbag, begin with a crocheted doily with a solid round center. Keep in mind that the doily will become covered in paint during the decorating process. Use a cheap store-bought doily instead of something that your grandmother made. Place it in a desired location, and surround it with wide masking tape to avoid spraying other areas of the fabric. Use acrylic spray paint in a color of your choice, and be sure to practice on a paper sack to perfect the technique. Remove the doily after the paint dries, and use another stencil to create an initial in the center. The bag look fantastic, and for far less than the cost of personalized canvas bags from stores.
Cover a Lightly Penciled Shape with Gradient Dots of Color
Some of the most striking designs on canvas bags are stamped with paint. Decorate your plain handbag with dots of gradient color. Begin by tracing around a shape of your choice with fabric chalk. Consider a heart, a star or another solid design. Use a new pencil eraser to create dot after dot with acrylic craft paint. Begin stamping at the bottom of the design, and work your way up while adding less and less paint to achieve a faded effect. After the paint dries, any remaining fabric chalk can be easily brushed away.
Attach Gorgeous Felt Flowers
Felt is good for more than just children’s crafts. It can be cut and combined in no-sew ways to make gorgeous handmade creations. Consider using felt flowers to decorate your plain canvas handbag. Use stencils to make perfect flowers using a sharpened chalk pencil. Cut them out with a pair of sharp pointed fabric scissors, and glue them to a corner of the bag. Layer some of the petals to create a dimensional effect that will look absolutely amazing.
Source: Advanced Crafting Experience