Plastic canvas is the perfect medium for beginning sewers and cross stitchers: it’s structured so it maintains its rigidity, has an inherent grid for even stitches, and can be cut into shapes prior to starting, so it's an all-around easy medium. Plastic canvas also provides a great base for a wide range of projects, from cute little magnets to a functional storage container. Stitching plastic canvas works best with yarn and is much easier to use when you have a pattern to follow. Glance through the patterns below, and grab a few to try, or use them to inspire your own designs.
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Perfect for an afternoon tea, this free cozy cupcake pattern couldn’t be cuter. Stitch a complete set (try different pastel colors for each individual cupcake), and don’t forget the cherry on top (use a bright button) to finish the look.
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Scraps of blank plastic canvas are perfect for this quick, cute Valentine’s Day craft. These little stitched shapes can top giant paper clips to act as bookmarks, perfect for a daily planner or address book. Or try them glued to magnets for a little finesse on the fridge.
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This striking set of coasters looks fab on a coffee table ready for guests. Brightly colored and geometric, these patterns are trendy and cheerful, so stitch the entire set using Blueprint’s free pattern and four small squares of plastic canvas. After your first set, try different color schemes. The geometric patterns look especially striking with complementary colors.
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One of the great things about plastic canvas is that it’s sturdy enough to form self-sustaining structures, such as this cute storage bin. Create a few in coordinating colors to store arts and craft supplies, or stitch just one to hide all your loose ends. The finished product is definitely polished enough to sit on a shelf or desk, so don't hesitate to leave it out to be admired.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Use a variety of sizes of circles of plastic canvas to brighten a tabletop with a fun, whimsical runner. Stitch each circle with coordinating colors (vary the patterns for even more interest), and join together with a needle and thread. The final product looks amazing on a dining or coffee table.
Pro tip: Glue circles of felt to the back of each circle to protect your wood table from scratches.
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Bring your crafting abilities to the great outdoors with this easy tutorial. The quilt square windsock is a fun way to use your stitching skills. Create your windsock using pastel colors for a lovely Springtime accessory, or go bold and bright for summer. Attach a few lengths of satin ribbon to finish the piece with a flourish. These make lovely housewarming gifts too, so make a few with friends in mind.
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Capitalize on the unicorn trend with this lovely little craft. Stitch a sleepy unicorn face, topped with a curly horn, and add satin ribbon and a felt backing for a cute, comfortable sleep mask. This is an amazing option for a sleepover craft, so stock up on yarn and pre-cut your plastic canvas for an easy and enjoyable quick activity.
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Keep sewing notions organized and stowed with these adorable little cases. The checkered pattern by CraftyPod is cute and simple, but feel free to get more creative once you’ve mastered the shape and structure of the case. Don’t forget to add a sweet button closure on the front flap to finish the piece.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Involve the kids in this quick stitch craft; it’s an easy pattern to follow, and the product is a clever pouch to ready a lost baby tooth for the Tooth Fairy. This one is sure to motivate little crafters. These also make great homemade gifts for kids who’ve lost their first tooth or two; it’s a sweet way to recognize their growth, and support their busy parents.