I made this canvas bag in the image of one I already had, but a bit smaller. It is for my aunt, who’s first name begins with an M. The fabric for the M was left over from the quilt I made in the spring. I sketched out the M onto the fabric, cut it out and attached it to the canvas using a tight zig-zag stitch. At first I was going to attach the M on iron on interfacing and then zig-zag, but I coudn’t find my interfacing, so I skipped that and it worked out just fine.
The handles were sewn in a tube shape and turned inside out. I top-stitched them to the white part of the bag and then seamed over them to connect the blue bottom and the white top. I think that this should make them pretty stable.
I used french seams for all of the seams so that the canvas wouldn’t fray and make a huge mess inside the bag. Since canvas is pretty thick, I made the initial seam small, maybe 1/4″. Another benefit to this seaming technique is that the resulting seams should be stronger, which is great for a tote bag.