Custom woven canvas is an extremely heavy-duty material. It has a plain weave and is commonly used for things in which sturdiness is required. This varies from tents and marquees to sails and roofs. Canvas fabric printing is also used for fashion accessories such as bags and cases as well as clothing and shoes, even furniture.
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Printing on canvas fabric is perfect for upholstery, or to make a bags or accessory.
Discover our range of canvas fabrics.
Thick canvas with a tight weave. Subtle smooth face, ideal for wall art, upholstery
Semi-transparent, durable canvas with a solid structure. Ideal for cushions, throws.
100% cotton. Heavyweight canvas with taut weave. Raised surface texture. Outdoor seating pads, upholstery.
100% natural cotton, 100% organic. Heavyweight with rustic, plain canvas weave.
Stiff, Matte, Opaque, Woven, Poly. Medium Weight Canvas. Use: bags, sails, heavy canvas, upholstery, wall art.
Stiff, Matte, Opaque, Woven, Poly. Heavier Weight Canvas. Use: bags, sails, heavy canvas, upholstery, wall art.
Heavy weight, rustic plain weave canvas. Hard wearing, Sailor's canvas. Uses: soft furnishings, bags, cushions, home textiles. Softens with washing. Edges will fray. Chunky weave, so fine detail not recommend.
Wash at 30°c, low tumble dry heat, hang to dry, do not wring, low heat iron.
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Canvas is a thick woven fabric which uses a very plain weave. It is usually made from cotton or linen, however originally it was made from hemp. The plain weave that is uses sets it apart from other heavy fabrics as it doesn't use the twill weave that - for example - denim does. From Old French and Anglo-French, which both appear to come from the Vulgar Latin word 'cannapaceus', canvas literally means 'made from hemp'. Treated canvas is often used as a base for artists to paint on, however if it is not treated for that use then much of the paint would soak in, and the finished piece would appear blotchy. Embroidery work such as cross-stitch also uses canvas material, as well as photo printing which is stretched over a wooden frame.
If you can’t decide on which photo to use, you can upload multiple images and create a photo collage. This can be done using one of our pre-set montage templates, or you can create your own entirely from scratch. It’s super easy to do and the possibilities are endless.
Step 1 – Click the start design button & select your product options.
Step 2 – Go to the ‘Images & Text Tools’ tab, click the ‘add images/Text’ button on your product & ‘Select Images to Upload’ or use the Facebook/Instagram tabs.
Step 3 – Choose the images you want to use for your collage, upload & select them from the uploaded photos list.
Step 4 – Click ‘Create montage’ & select your collage style.
Step 5 – Add the collage to your design.
Your design is printed digitally onto the fabric in full, permanent color. This is done in a variety of ways depending on the fabric, including dye sublimation and pigment printing. We use eco-friendly inks, and you are given a choice of how you would like your fabric finished. It is worth bearing in mind that natural, and in particular, organic fabrics such as our Organic Cotton Canvas naturally show subtle asperities which are part of the fibers of the fabric. As such, these elements might slightly show through your designs and will be more visible when light or white designs are printed. These will be less visible with darker colors, patterns or montages. The organic cotton canvas remains one of the popular choices among our customers.
You can have your printed canvas fabric sent as it comes off the printer, or cut on the line of your design with the white border removed. You may prefer to have your canvas fabric printing hemmed. You can choose between black or write thread, and one of our seamstresses will create an overlock hem around your printed material. Remember to allow extra in your measurements for hemming if you are taking this option.
We print at 200dpi, which is a good combination of quality and file weight. Ideally, your image should be scaled to 100% at 200dpi; this means that no resizing of your file occurs, preventing any interpolation. Our design interface will have a quality marker next to the design that you have uploaded, this will change color using a traffic light system and display a message. The message will let you know if the resolution is too low or if you have a good quality image.
When you upload your design our system will automatically scale it to fit your chosen fabric dimensions. In the ‘Product Image’ tab, the displayed dimensions under ‘Print Size’ will show the dimensions of the piece of fabric that you are ordering. For image/design dimensions you need to see the ‘Images & Text Tools’ tab. You can see and edit the dimensions of the image under the quality information next to the thumbnail.
We advise providing images in the RGB color space. Specifically using the sRGB image profile, to achieve the best color results. What does this mean? In your editing software, choose RGB as the working space and assign the image profile as sRGB (full name sRGB IEC61966-2.1)
For most of our fabrics, there is no limit on the length of the fabric that you can order. We have a preview design window set up to 10 yds max to visualize the print, but that's not a print limit. If you'd like to order more, increase the quantity (x2 for 20 yds or x4 for 40 yds for e.g.) and then you can order as much as you'd like, with a built-in automatic volume discount too. The maximum print width of each fabric can be found on the individual fabric pages or in our design interface.
Yes, that might help you! Always incorporate any extra space or borders into your purchased fabric size. We trim squarely around fabric samples and fabric prints, leaving approximately 0.2" white space. Cutting neatly on the line has an additional fee.
Crocking, which is fading along the creases, often after washing or heavy use, occurs when you digitally print on natural fabrics - more so when dark or dense colors are used. It can be minimized by using a cool hand wash instead of machine washing as the tumbling of the machine is the main cause of this. To avoid entirely, we would advise using a poly fabric.
Our organic fabrics do not have any coatings that the non-organic fabrics have. This means the ink absorbs into the fibers, reducing the color strength slightly (by approx. -40%). For super-strong colors, we recommend a non-organic natural fabric.
Unfortunately not; we like to test meticulously so that we know what gets the best results on our fabrics, and our facilities cater perfectly to them. We do however print sublimation transfer paper to order, and if you have access to a heat press you can press your own fabrics easily.
For multi-colored or very detailed files we recommend using a tiff format, but they must be flattened. For simple colors and low detail files, a jpeg is fine.
Just like many fabric printing processes, there is the potential for shrinkage. Depending on the fabric, please expect and allow between 2-8% shrinkage which you need to plan for in your dimensions. This percentage can vary from print run to print run and between fabrics, so we would advise ordering a little more material than you require for your project.
We do not offer to print on both sides of the fabric, as a lot of our fabrics are semi-transparent or have some show through. This wouldn't work with double-sided printing. This is not a service that we offer on any of our fabrics.
At the moment no, our labels are all printed on the same satin fabric. We may introduce more in the future, but for now, this is the best choice. The labels are all cut the same way. You can order the fabric of your choice and make the labels yourself, but we do not cut different fabric into label format.
With environmental consciousness in mind, our fabrics are all printed using completely water-based inks. This means no chemicals or solvents are used. Our heat fixing procedure fixes the colors and prints, avoiding the downsides of steaming, such as excess or contaminated water returning into the waste system. We have one facility where we conduct all the printing, production and fulfillment. Rather than roll the fabrics, or send them in a tube, we fold them before they are sent out to you. This saves over 150 tubes a week, as well as a lot of space on the delivery van. (For delicate fabrics we ensure to package appropriately).
We work at improving our color profiles all the time. Though rare, it may happen that from one print run to another, and there could be slight color differences, this is normal and part of the process when we are constantly improving. It is extremely unlikely that there will be a huge difference (like orange instead of red for example). Please bear in mind such color variations can be intensified from fabric to fabric due to the varying grains and textures of the fabric. This is due to the construction of the materials as well as the print methods that have to be altered slightly for more delicate, natural textiles.
We have a full Cut & Sew service here at Bags of Love, and are able to hem your fabric prints for a small additional charge. We create a small one- or two-fold hem that typically uses 0.2" to 0.75" (5-20mm) of material, depending on the thickness of the fabric. So, for example, if you want a finished piece of fabric that measures 39.37" x 39.37", you will need to order a size of 39.96" x 39.96" to allow for the hem (on top of that please also allow for shrinkage of min 2%). The thicker the fabric, the bigger the hem will be. You can choose to have your prints hemmed with either Black or White thread. On our silk and other light woven fabrics, one hemmed edge will be straight (vertically down the roll) and the other will be slightly rippled. The hemming material allowances are as follows and you need to make your print bigger to accommodate the hem:
For further information about our fabrics see our FAQs.
Please note: As we make everything by hand, all sizes may vary slightly.