Clean your canvas bag? Here’s how!

clean canvas stain dirty wash Okay, so you got your natural canvas bag dirty. Maybe you just have a few spots to clean up or worse case scenario, you dragged it on the subway floor like Riegan did a few years. The good news is that my canvas is tough stuff and we have offered options! Hint: read to the end.

First, use a stiff bristle brush to remove soil/lint etc. from in between the fibers. This fabric is tightly woven and much of the stain can be removed this way. DON’T brush the monogram/embroidery as you might pull or damage the thread. NEXT, you need to decide if the bag can be spot cleaned or if the majority of the bag is soiled.

How to Spot Clean the Bag:

TIDE STICKS work well for most stains (except blood, see below).

If the small stains persists you will need to have the following on hand:

Stiff bristle brush or toothbrush

Cool to warm water

Small bowl

Two white towels (one for inside to absorb liquids & one to apply the cleaning liquid)

Baking soda / cream of tartar / baking powder (one or all make a watery paste). Let paste sit then rub off.

Rubbing alcohol mixed 50/50 with water. This is good for general cleaning and mold/mildew.

Hydrogen peroxide is generally a good cleaning product, especially for body fluids and yellowing.

Ivory soap (or any neutral ph soap) mixed with a small amount of water. Use sparingly as the water may leave a ‘ring’. If you do get a ring move to ‘if all else fails’ below!


If the bag is generally soiled like Riegan’s was or if there is a ‘ring’ around your spot stain then the next steps are:

  • Pretreat the canvas with Shout or other laundry pre treatment. The monogram/embroidery will not be affected because we use color safe thread.
  • Do not machine wash as it may cause wrinkles that are difficult to remove.
  • Do not bleach!
  • Use a bathtub or large sink, submerge the whole bag laying it as flat a possible. Let it soak for at least 5 minutes then use the soft brush and/or wash cloth to remove the stains. Turn the bag over and do the same.Then rinse the bag. You can rinse it by refilling the tub and submerging the bag again, holding it under the spigot or turning on the shower head to rinse. Repeat this process if necessary letting the bag soak longer.
  • You can drip dry the bag on a hanger or lay it flat on a towel. Flip it to dry both sides. Stuffing the bags with a towel will make them dry faster. If it’s a nice day you can dry them outside.

Hope these tips & tricks help you keep your QBS canvas bag looking as good as new but if not you should buy yourself a NEW one – YOU deserve it after all this work and I am offering you a discount code for your replacement or whatever! Use ‘mybagiskaput’ and receive 20% off.



Cleanse & energize day 2

Day 2 has been a breeze.  I am feeling good & enjoyed drinking my green juice all day.  Lots of water too.  I will say that parsley took a toll on my juicer.  That herb is hard to juice!  Anyway, it did its job and all is well in Kim’s world.  I decided to plug our local brewery so here is my green drink in my Saltwater Brewery glass.  I’m a big fan of those boys: nephew, son & 2 former students of mine!  I do think they would approve. No beer for me today.  Today’s drink called for ginger – I have to say I love ginger.  I used a big root so it had quite a kick!  Stay tuned for day 3.

Day 2's spicy green drink

Day 2’s spicy green drink

Cleanse and energize menu

Writing about me today!  As president of a small company I wear a TON of hats.  Yesterday, Monday of course, was a terrible, no good, very bad day and it had nothing to do with my business.  I woke up tired and foggy, maybe partially because of my Easter celebrating i.e. both key lime & banana cream pie for dessert!  Whatever the reason, my energy level continued to sink even after my nap at 2pm.  So I got myself motivated enough to go to the market and pick up my ‘cleanse’ ingredients.  I have cleansed 4 times since my darling friend Beth, writer of Haute & Healthy blog, told me about it a year ago.  The first time I ‘cleansed’ I had a headache for 2 days but since then I LOVE IT!  I started DAY 1 today and feel so much better already.  More energy and much less foggy.  I do believe diet is everything and if any of you ever feel like I did I suggest you try a ‘cleanse’.  It’s an inspiring kick start to cleaner eating.  If you need any help let me know – I’m not an expert but I know what works for me!

Liver & Kidney detox

Liver & Kidney detox

Three days of juices, eight ounces every hour for eight hours, lots of water in between & lean protein with veggies after 6 pm.

Day 1: Liver & Kidney Detox

Blend 3 apples, 3 beets, 3 tomatoes, 3 large carrots, 3 pieces of celery, 3 cucumber, & 3 juiced lemon together [ 8 oz. every hour for 8 hours ].

Day 2: Green Drink

Blend 3 apples, 3 pieces of celery, 3 whole cucumber, 2 peeled or unpeeled ginger roots, 3 heaping handfuls of parsley & 3 heaping handfuls of spinach together [8 oz. every hour for 8 hours ].

Day 3:  Super Colon Detox

Blend 3 beets, 3 large carrots, 3 pieces of celery, 3 whole cucumber, 2 peeled or unpeeled ginger roots, 3 juiced lemons, 3 heaping handfuls of lettuce, 3 heaping handfuls of parsley & 3 heaping handfuls of kale [ 8 oz. every hour for 8 hours ].

Needlepoint Spring Easter basket

Well – I’m always looking for a unique gift and how perfect are these? Two more wonderful QBS fans designed these needlepoint creations. One loving Grandma made a special Easter basket for her little angel that can convert to a versatile accessory for the rest of the year. And the next one, designed by noted needlepoint blogger Barbara Bergsten, is personalized in happy spring colors for the monogram lovers out there. I am so impressed. I certainly admire their needlepointing skills and especially their creative use of QBS baskets.


Large Rehobeth basket with Delray Beach ribbon.


Noted needlepoint blogger, Barbara Bergsten, designed this fabulous monogrammed QBS Peek a boo basket!

TBT- Queen Bea Studio baskets and bags

Throw back to QBS origins.

Throw back to QBS origins.

vintage handbag

Bark cloth vintage

I am honoring Throwback Thursday! One of our QBS fans, who takes really good care of her bags, was kind enough to share these photos with us for TBT. The black bark cloth print was a favorite of mine then and still is. We only made a few of them -one of those rare finds. Of course the Ribbon tote was hugely popular and came in 2 sizes. The pink/lime combo was a big hit too. Do any of you remember this far back?? Queen BEA Studio (now shortened to QBS) 14 years and counting!
Simply pretty – as usual.

Personalized Tote with Dog Image.

 Arline from Washington, DC is so pleased with her QBS Designs personalized tote with dog image. She completed the needlework of her Westie’s image herself, sent it to us and we added it to the bag of her choice – the zig zag canvas tote. We can personalize any of our totes with your favorite pet, just contact us  and let us know your design! personalized tote with dog image