Product Care Instructions

Canvas Bags and Baskets

The products we sell are either 100% natural canvas or they have been painstakingly hand-dyed in our studios. Our linings are also 100% cotton. Hand-dyed canvas is handwashed before dying, then the fabric is dyed, washed again in a bath that carefully sets the color. After the item is sewn, we take the additional step of spraying it with Scotchgard Sun and Water Shield to add protection from the elements. 

Still, one of the things we love about canvas is the way it wears and develops a beautiful patina, like your favorite pair of denim jeans. It becomes a part of you; such is the nature of pure cotton.

To keep the color vibrant, we recommend the following cleaning process. Remember that heat is the enemy of natural fiber so start with the least invasive approach first. Do not wash hand-dyed fabric with other garments; always hand wash (just like in the old days when you separated out your new Levis!).

  • Spot cleaning - To clean a spot, wet the spot with tepid water and take a wet cloth or sponge and lightly dab the soiled area to lift the stain. If it needs more, let it soak for 15 minutes. If the spot is still visible, add a bit of gentle dish detergent or bar soap to the wet sponge and gently dab the fabric. Do not rub the fabric as this will cause discoloration. Rinse.
  • General washing - To remove general grime, fill a sink with cool water and add some mild detergent, such as dish detergent. Pull lining away from the shell and let bag or basket soak for 20 minutes. Rinse and check to see if the grime has released. If not, repeat process. Rinse in cool water to remove any detergent then hang to dry. 
  • Drying - Air dry the fabric or machine dry on gentle until slightly damp and then air dry. Use a warm iron if necessary.
  • Protection - Spray with a sun and water protector, if desired.