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Canvas a stitch above the rest

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RUTLAND, Vt. - Stitching away since she was 12, Gail DuBois feels at home behind a sewing machine.

She's constantly creating new items for her business, Vermont Canvas Products in Rutland.

"It's extremely durable. It's 100 percent cotton," she said.

The company makes basically anything you can imagine out of canvas she buys from all over the world.  Items are sewn to last a lifetime. 

Reporter Gina Bullard: What is it about them that makes them last?

Gail Dubois: The material is so tightly woven that it's just extremely strong. I've had people bring back bags they had 20 years and just want a repair.

DuBois says people who buy bags from places like Lands End and L.L. Bean are constantly coming in for repairs, and often switch to hers. 

Reporter Gina Bullard: You could probably go find these bags online cheaper for somewhere.

Gail Dubois: Right, and people do that all the time, but anyone that's had our product won't do that.

It's all canvas all the time for DuBois and her four employees. She sews many of the bags for local hospitals and ambulance companies, but the list doesn't stop there. Many items are waterproof, and everything is machine washable. DuBois says she loves coming up with solutions and can make anything a customer can dream up or can't find somewhere else.

"Seeing the finished product has always been my joy," she said.

Vermont Canvas Products has been in business for 43 years. DuBois bought the business 25 years ago when the owners were ready to make a change.

"I was here nine months and they walked away, so I learned what I learned," she said. "I work for six days a week and have for 25 years."

Devoted to her craft -- making Made in Vermont Canvas Products that aim to be a stitch above the rest. 

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