What you see here is not a brown paper bag, but a waxed canvas bag to use for bringing lunch to school/work! It’s very stylish; the best lunch bag design for me. 🙂
The wax makes it water resistant which is good for preventing liquid from dripping out to wet other things inside your bag (if you put your lunch bag inside your bag). Isn’t it nice?
- Brown Canvas (duck canvas)
- Matching Brown Thread
- Basic Sewing Tools
- Parafin Wax (click here for unscented paraffin wax)
- Beeswax (click here to get 100% organic, premium quality beeswax)
- Old Pillowcase
- Old clean can
- Pot with water
- Dryer/Hair Blower
Fold the fabric in half and mark a 16 x 14-1/2 inch rectangle with your chalk. Cut along the line so that you cut through both halves.
Pin along the longer sides, making sure that the good side of the fabric are facing inwards.
Iron a margin of at least 1/4 inch for an inseam on the sides you have pinned together.
Then sew them. Do an overcast stitch especially for the rough edges to prevent from fraying.
Then turn the fabric inside out so that you have the good sides. Fold the longer sides at about 2 inches from the edge, just as how a real brown bag looks, and iron them.
Fold the bottom by following the pictures. You can also watch this video to guide you better.
Fold the very top edge so that the rough edge is not exposed as in the picture. Then pin and sew along this edge.
Turn the fabric inside out again so that the good sides are in, and iron the top of the bag at about 1 inch fold.
Fold the raw edges inside. Iron again and pin. Sew the hem very close to the bottom edge.
Now you’re ready to wax it.
Chip away beeswax and parafin wax so that you have 1/2 cup of them each. Place them in an old tin can. Bring a pot of water to boil. Before placing your can of wax, bring down the heat at low temperature so that the water is not boiling. Stir the wax with a stick as it melts.
Brush the entire canvas bag with the melted wax. Keep the can on a hot water so that it won’t harden while you are working. Feel free to brush more amounts at the bottom and seams to make your bag sturdier. The thicker the wax the darker the finish will be as well. Leave it to dry.
Now this is an amazing part: Put your dried canvas bag inside an old pillow case and tie it up. Place it in a dryer in its highest setting for 20-40 minutes, depending on the thickness of your wax.
When you remove it from the dryer the wax should be completely soaked into the fabric. If you see any white spots, put it back on the dryer for another 10 minutes or use a blower to deal with small spots. And you’re done!