I'm in the process of Changing some of my canvas paintings into something completely different. I know, that sounds a bit strange but I have a collection of paintings, mostly Acrylics, that I feel I didn't want to completely paint over, or hold onto for that matter, so I'm taking them off the frame and re-purposing them into bags or pencil cases.
The prototype pencil case...
The first is an experiment to say the least, but it's a start. A medium sized painting with cherries one side and birds the other....I discarded the side with the birds and used the rest for this. Getting it off the frame was easy, I decided to hand sew it. (I haven't got a sewing machine, neither shall I as I have never been able to work the dear things!!!), so it is By Hand for me. I sewed the bottom, then turned it the right way out and used white thread in a criss-cross stitch down the long side. All very technical, I think anyone could follow this, which doesn't mean I will always do them like this, after all this is the prototype.
plenty of room for pens, pencils etc...
On a future project I might sew the ends
and add a zip on the long side...
but for now, I'm happy with this version
Another thought is making Large canvases into Bags.
Two options I've considered for this is to use the canvas itself as a bag, OR
perhaps glue the canvas onto a tote style bag.
Anyway, when I get round to them
I'll let you know.