Better Bag Making

"Healing" Waxed Canvas

I often sew in the evenings. After dinner, after I've put my toddler to bed, and often after a glass of wine or two. As you can imagine, this combination can lead to some truly epic sewing mistakes, one of which I made the other night while sewing a sample of the wonderful Hedgerow Book Bag

I had happily sewed my pocket onto my outer bag body and was ready to assemble my outer bag, and I just couldn't find my second outer bag body piece. Where had it gone? Well, in fact, I had just left it right behind the piece that I was applying the pocket to, stitching the two pieces together. Let me reiterate: Chasing a Toddler All Day+Wine+Sewing= Mistakes!

I unpicked my stitches, but I was left with a very obvious trail where my pocket had been, like so: 

Here are the marks left by my silly late-night sewing mistake

Here are the marks left by my silly late-night sewing mistake

But I'm here to tell you that my waxed canvas was not ruined. And if something like this happens to you, don't fret! I will tell you how to fix it. You can also use this technique to remove very obvious scratches or folds in waxed canvas. 

Waxed canvas can be "healed" with your iron. Use a press cloth on both sides of the fabric that you don't mind getting oil and wax on, and try a no-steam, medium setting on your iron. Press along the scarred part of your waxed canvas gently, and repeat as necessary until the marks fade. It is OK if some marks remain- as I've noted before, the scratches and marks are part of the charm and character that make waxed canvas special. 

Here is the same piece of fabric, midway through the "healing" process. As you can see, the marks are still there, but they are much less noticeable. 

Here is the same piece of fabric, midway through the "healing" process. As you can see, the marks are still there, but they are much less noticeable.