Now’s the time to create some amazing sewing projects at home. Whether you need a new messenger bag or want to pitch a durable tent in your yard, we’ve got the fabric for you. Today we explore why you need waxed canvas and how to use it.
Waxed canvas as a longstanding history. As a woven cotton fabric, treated with wax, it has an added layer of protection. This beloved fabric is prized for its natural water resistance and durability, which we’ll talk more abogut later. From a DIY perspective, this material is highly workable both by hand and in your sewing machine.
For all it’s durability, waxed canvas is highly flexible, soft, and easy to work with. Already have a DIY project in mind? Great! If not, we’ve got some more ideas for you!
Waxed canvas is naturally water resistant. This means it repels rain, moisture, and other elements. If you leave your waxed canvas exposed, it will eventually soak through. Re-waxing your bag periodically will depend on how much you use it. Martexin Wax is one such product that allows you to re-wax your fabric.
As you use the canvas, you’ll see it develops a nice patina that looks quite fashionable – especially on accessories such as bags. All the scuffs and scratches make it unique to you. It’s an accessory that can’t be duplicated!
Thankfully, it also repels dirt. Dust can’t penetrate the canvas. Therefore cleaning it is often as simple as letting it dry and knocking it off or wiping away with a damp cloth. Oil stains are a different story. One method to remove oil stains is to place cornstarch on the stain and allow it to absorb the oil. Leave it on for two days and then brush away with a still brush. If the stain is still there, repeat the process. And remember – never, EVER put our waxed canvas into the washing machine.
The canvas will leave residue on your sewing machine. The needle and feed dogs will need a good scraping after you use it. Over time, repeated use of waxed canvas in your sewing machine will create a buildup that requires cleaning. We suggest taking apart your machine once the buildup becomes problematic, and use some rubbing alcohol and an old toothbrush to get the gunk out.
At Canvas ETC, we carry a variety of canvas for your sewing projects. Our canvas comes in a variety of colors! You’re not restricted to a neutral palette. If you have any questions about our waxed fabric and its uses, please contact us.