DIY Plastic Canvas Bag Tutorial

Hi lovely people!

I am so excited to share this new bag I made. I am sure you must heard about plastic canvas and they lovely things you can make with it! Well, I decided to have  a go at making a bag for this summer. I will show you how easy it is to make this DIY Plastic Canvas Bag in this tutorial.

plastic canvas bag tutorial

You know these days that you want to try something new but there is always a little obstacle? Well, I had recently bought this lovely Hooked Ribbon XL Solids (in sweet pink, salad green, early dew and frosted yellow) and I was looking for a project. I always wanted to try making a bag with plastic canvas but when I looked at the price they sell it here, I thought ‘no way, I am buying this’! Luckily, a friend of mine came up with this clever idea; using garden/balcony PVC fencing mesh!!! Brilliant idea!! It was way cheaper and you can select the size and color.

DIY Plastic Canvas Bag Tutorial



  1. Cut the mesh to the required shape. As you can see in the image below, I’ve cut one piece, including the sides of the bag. Count the squares and make sure it is symmetrical and, if needed, make a diagram on a piece of paper.

plastic canvas bag tutorial

2. Use a yarn needle(tapestry needle) and starting from the top, begin taking the ribbon in one hole and out of the other. Cut the ends but leave a bit loose, so you can tie it later.

plastic canvas bag tutorial

3. Now, after you finished with your design, tie the loose ends together. Don’t worry….you will cover it with the lining later!

plastic canvas bag tutorial

4. It is time to put the bag together. To do that, you need to use the yarn needle again and stitch the ends together. This way, it will be firm and have a nice outline.

plastic canvas bag tutorial

5. It is time to make the handles. I wrapped this ribbon yarn around rope, like in this tutorial. Then, I crochet circles and sewed them on the handles. I attached the handles to the bag by sewing them on top.

plastic canvas bag tutorial

6. Lastly, I added lining to the bag. I actually used an old pillowcase, so the only thing I had to stitch was the top part 🙂

plastic canvas bag tutorial


Materials I used:

pastic canvas bag tutorial


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and maybe you can try something similar!

Have fun in whatever you are doing 🙂

Demi x

**My DIY Plastic Canvas Bag was featured at:

  My Busy Beehives-Bee party ,

Create-LInk-Inspire Party (Life Sew Savoury), 

The New Tuesday PIN-spiration Party (The stichin Mommy)

Brag About It Link Party (My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies)

Crafting and DIYing is fun! Inspiring projects (The DIY Dreamer)



20 Replies to “DIY Plastic Canvas Bag Tutorial”

  1. Super cool and retro! Love the large, knotted straps. Visiting from Made By You Monday party.

    1. Thank you so so much!!! I did not know how it will turn out but now, I am totally in love with it 🙂

  2. The bag looks wonderful! Nice job.

    1. Thank you so much!!!

  3. This looks so cute!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    1. Thank you so much Jessica!!

  4. I love the way the bag came out and it looks so cute. Thanks for sharing this at C&C with J&J.

    1. Awww…thank you Julie!!!

  5. This is super cute, and I like to find my craft supplies at the hardware store, too!

    1. Thank you so much Susan!! I am glad I am not the only one 🙂

  6. Wow!
    This is so cute! I’m afraid it’s over my skill level but so adorable! You are very talented!! I’m visiting from the Happiness is Homemade Link Party! So happy you shared!

    1. Thank you so much Jan! Actually, it is really easy to do but it does take a lot of time!!! Thanks again for stopping by 🙂

  7. I love this idea! It would be an ideal project to take on holiday and you might get away with taking a tapestry needle on an aeroplane!

    1. So true, Anna!! It is one of these projects that you don’t really have to count! Thank you so much for stoppping by 🙂

  8. Demi,
    This is wonderful! Love it so much! Look for your feature tomorrow at Brag About It! Have a great week!

    1. Awww!! Thank you Laurie for your sweet comment 🙂 I will be there tomorrow!!

  9. What a great bag, I’ve only ever used plastic canvas for small projects but I love how this turned out. The lining is a nice touch too.

    1. Thanks so much Julie!! I am happy with the result, too 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by.

  10. Gorgeous !!!!

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