Recycling, upcycling, those are popular words these days, and they should be! I did my part yesterday by upcycling an old canvas tote bag. I washed it, dried it, dyed it, and then embellished the front with various fabric scraps and inspirational words. The scraps were colored with acrylic paints and then let to dry. I used my hands as paint brushes. When all was dry I cut out pieces to please my eye, attached them together with fusible web on a panel of fabric the size of the bag, then stitched on top. Machine and hand stitched with various colors and then attached the panel to the bag. Voila, a nice bag for your art supplies, journal, or any other can't-live-without item(s.)
I used a lovely teal dye and the bag was wrinkled and got this wave pattern.