Have you ever been to a farmer's market or a library and seen someone with an adorable canvas bag? You might've asked them where they got it, only to discover it was one of a kind.

The good news is, you don't have to scour the internet to find a lookalike. You can make one yourself!

The only question is, which type of canvas tote is best for an iron-on vinyl project? 

Luckily, the best totes for vinyl crafting have a few things in common. Read on to learn how to pick the best canvas tote bag for for your upcoming craft project. 

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Find a Canvas Bag Made from Cotton

Canvas actually refers to the type of weave used to make the fabric. There are two types of canvas: plain and duck canvas. Plain canvas is heavier and course, whereas duck canvas is lighter and has a higher thread count. 

You can use either plain or duck canvas for vinyl projects. 

Canvas is most commonly made from cotton, but you can also find linen or hemp canvas. When it comes to iron-on vinyl projects, you'll get the best results from a canvas tote that's made from cotton.

In the product description, look for 100% cotton. Vinyl adheres well to cotton so the vinyl is less likely to peel or crack. 

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Look for Heavy Duty Stitching

If you're going to the trouble of making a personalized tote bag, you want it to last a long time. The bag needs to be durable enough to support groceries, library books, or anything else you carry regularly. 

In the product description, look for the terms heavy-duty or reinforced stitching. This ensures that the handles won't tear or the bag won't come apart at the seams even when you carry heavy things. 

You also need to choose the right fabric weight. Canvas that has a 6 oz. weight is very thin and light, whereas 12 oz. canvas is much thicker and more durable. Decide what you want to use your tote bag for and choose an appropriate fabric weight. 

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Select a Bag in a Contrasting Color

What good is a well-designed graphic or logo if you can't see it? That's why you need to choose a canvas color that will contrast with the color of your vinyl transfer.

Contrasting colors, like blue and orange, sit across from one another on the color wheel. Using complementary and contrasting colors will make any design look more interesting. 

For example, if your design uses white vinyl it probably won't show up well on a natural canvas bag. It would be better to use a black canvas bag. The white vinyl will really pop against the black canvas. 

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Get Started on Your Vinyl Project Today

Canvas totes are a practical way to carry items like books and groceries, but that doesn't mean they have to be boring. With a vinyl iron-on design, you can spice up a plain bag with an extra dose of personality. Plus, it makes for a fun craft project. 

Still not sure which type of canvas bag would work best for your next project? Contact us today and we'll help guide you in the right direction.