Product Care Instructions


Canvas Bags and Baskets

Most of the canvas sold by Small Batch is hand-dyed. We wash the fabric before dyeing, dye the fabric, rinse it then wash it again in a color setting bath, and then wash and dry it. Even with all these washings, the color may bleed a little. Such is the nature of pure cotton (think original blue jeans).

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.
  • Spot cleaning - To clean a spot, wet the item with cool water and take a wet cloth or sponge and lightly dab the soiled area to lift the stain or 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. 
  • Air dry the fabric or machine dry on gentle until slightly damp and then air dry. Use a warm iron if necessary.