Wax-coated fabric has a great look, is sturdy, and resists water. Use this DIY technique to upgrade something you already own, such as outdoor fabric place mats or a lightweight hat; or to treat the fabric of your next craft, like one of the totes on page 37. Just rub fabric wax onto cotton, canvas, linen, or denim, then set it with a hair dryer. You can continue to add layers to make the fabric even waxier.
Otter wax, $13 for 2.25 oz., otterwax.com.