How to Hand Sew on Canvas

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Canvas is a very versatile material that can be used for a variety of indoor and outdoor projects. From tote bags to tennis shoes, to tents and even boat sails, canvas can be an invaluable fabric for a variety of sewing projects. Not only is it versatile, it is durable because it is a thick and strong material. While this is great for durability, it can be difficult to sew with.

Things You'll Need

  • Speedy Stitcher Sewing Awl (comes complete with #8 straight and curved needles, 30 yards of coarse waxed thread, and bobbin)
  • Insert the bobbin thread into the handle of your Speedy Stitcher. Cover securely with lid. Pull bobbin thread through your curved needle. Pull out the length of thread from your needle that you will need to complete your hand sewing project.

  • Hold your Speedy Stitcher by the handle. Punch a hole in your canvas by pushing your needle through your canvas fabric. You may also want to draw out an extra 2 to 3 inches of thread for excess.

  • Draw your thread through the hole, and center your thread on either side of your canvas. Reinsert your needle into the back of your fabric, approximately 1/4 inch over, or to your desired length of stitch. Pull your needle partially out approximately 1 inch to create a thread loop on the front side of your fabric.

  • Pull your length of thread through this loop, and press the fabric with your forefinger. Continue to pull your needle out of your fabric to secure your stitch.

  • Repeat until you have stitched the length of your canvas fabric.

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