INTERIORS Get crafty with canvas
ORGANISE EVERYTHING FROM YOUR GROCERIES TO YOUR LAUNDRY WITH A SIMPLE PIECE OF CANVAS
Cut a 30cm x 62cm rectangle and a 20cm-diameter circle of canvas. Follow laundryhamper method (below), but leave plain. If you wish to decorate, leave about a 6cm blank band around the top.
Cut a 92cm x 63cm rectangle and a 30cm-diameter circle of canvas. Decorate rectangle using fabric paint (we used a potato stamp), leaving blank a 10cm-wide border along one long edge (this will be the top and is best left blank in case the paint shows through when you fold it over). Leave to dry. With right sides together, fold rectangle in half and sew along the 63cm edge to form a tube. With right sides together, pin circle to bottom of tube (end without blank border) and sew together. Turn right side out. Fold over top edge twice to form a 5cm cuff. Cut 2 x 80cm straps from heading tape and sew to the bag.
Cut a 28cm x 87cm piece of canvas for back, and 3 pieces of canvas 26cm x 23cm for pockets. Hem long sides of back; hem all sides of pockets. On back piece, fold top down 2.5cm, fold again and sew along bottom. Repeat for bottom edge. Take pockets and concertina-fold short edges 3 times; iron folds. Working from bottom, sew on pockets, spaced 2.5cm apart. Insert 30cm dowel in top hem and 25cm dowel in bottom hem. Attach leather string and hang.
Cut 2 pieces of 73cm-square canvas, and 4 strips of 73cm x 15cm canvas. (When sewing, allow 2.5cm seam allowance.) With right sides together, sew 1 strip along each side of 1 square. Right sides together, sew 2nd square to 3 of strips, leaving 1 side open. Sew up all 4 corners. Turn right side out; stuff with filling. Hand-sew to close. Zip and handle are optional.
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