You will not be using knots when starting or stopping your stitching. Instead, you will wrap around the tail on the backside when you start or pull it through the end when you’re ﬁnished. This will hold the ends down without the ugly look of knots.7.
As you stitch, the yarn / thread will become tangled. When it starts, merely drop your needle and let it untwist. When it’s done, start stitching again.8.
Usually, a plastic canvas pattern is a grid with the stitches drawn over the bars. The pieces are often drawn to size and shape. It’s easy to see the stitches needed to be made. Do a search online for free plastic canvas patterns and see some examples of patterns.9.
Flat designs are the most popular and easiest to make. Explore these and ﬁnd one to try. These might include: • Coasters • Fridgies (refrigerator magnets) • Frames • Door hangers • Wall hangings • Bookmarks • OrnamentsCheck out the trefoil Grab ‘n’ Go sheet as a free pattern to try. You can make it as a fridgie or a coaster. Try this pattern or any ﬂat plastic canvas pattern.10.
As you get more comfortable with plastic canvas, you may start looking at more three dimensional patterns. The die below is one such pattern. Another you can experiment with are tissue box holders. These go over a tissue box to cover the box itself. Try a tissue box pattern.11.
There is a pattern for a six-sided die that goes with this badge program. Unlike most patterns you will ﬁnd, this is not full coverage. It is to get you familiar with cutting, stitching and assembly. If you feel intimidated with the patterns you ﬁnd online, start with this one. I like using the die for super-size games.12.
Save the scraps.
You can use the scraps, so don’t throw them away. This includes both the canvas and the yarn. You don’t have to stick with plastic canvas crafts either, so look at these carefully before just “pitching” them.13.
Zip top bags are great to keep pieces, needles, scissors and ﬁber together. You can work on your project any time you wish. Be sure to keep your thread pieces of the same color in a bag and mark it . . . especially if you have pieces that are similar in color. Also, you want to keep a “trash” bag for the extra pieces you cut oﬀ.14.
Finishing the edge.
You may ﬁnd that doing a single whip stitch isn’t covering your edges. Try doubling it. However, be aware that too many stitches through the same hole can cause the plastic canvas to break. Experiment with your materials to see what you like best.