Plastic Canvas Crafts Competitions: Bring Home The Blue Ribbon

Posted on: September 9, 2009

5 inside secrets of how to enter your finished plastic canvas projects in local, county and state crafts competitions, and how to bring home the blue ribbon every time.

1. Add your own special creative touches to patterns: This is a sure way to impress the judges.

 There are many types of embellishments that can make your plastic canvas project sparkle with uniqueness. Such as beads, buttons, craft cord, doll head Christmas ornaments, embroidery floss, flags, fabric, flowers, foam letters, glitter, lace, metallic wrapping paper, patches, plastic canvas shapes, raffia, rhinestones, ribbon, sequins and stars.   

2. Design your own patterns: The judges have been doing their jobs for many years and have seen many projects it is a true pleasure when someone enters a project that is brand new never before seen..

Look with a discerning eye at the designs in common items such as clothing, table cloths, carpeting, floor tiles, so that literally every time you step outside of your home for travel or shopping you come back with fabulous new ideas

If you travel and stay at hotels from time to time look at the designs in everything, the wallpaper in your hotel room, the carpeting, rugs, bedspreads, curtains and even floor tiles.

For example, last week, I created a whole new set of original plastic canvas crafts projects – including a vase, tissue box, photo box, and picture frame – simply by looking at the designs in a new throw rug in my daughter’s living room during a visit to her home!

And when I showed her my proposed new plastic canvas projects based on the designs in her new rug, she loved them so much she immediately asked me to make them for her home décor.

There are so many different patterns you can create. Here are just a few ideas. Tissue box covers, vases, trinket boxes, pillow patterns, a sewing basket pattern, patterns for kid’s games, and much, much more. You can create everything from simple but elegant patterns, too complex and challenging patterns. 

3. When you stitch always cover all the plastic!

No matter what you make cover all the corners, if you need to stitch two or three or sometimes even four stitches in the same hole that fine as long as it lays flat and no canvas shows. The judges are very picky about this. When using a straight stitch you normally can see the canvas between stitches. Your work will look much neater if you stitch twice in the same hole side by side making sure both stitches lay flat when you finish you won’t see any canvas between the stitches.

4. Always use a Variety of stitches.

Picking the right stitches makes all the difference of how your finished project will turn out. Make sure your stitches are tight, lay flat, if you use something like ribbon make sure it is not twisted.  Most every stitch will require a different amount of holes. Make sure your piece has the right amount of holes to complete the pattern of stitches you choose. In other words, when you get to the end of the row you just stitched, you don’t have one hole left that is unstitched.

The only choices you have at that point are: Start over.

 Cut the extra row off and change the pattern a bit.

Take the stitches out all the way back to the middle, then start stitching toward the middle from the opposite end and whatever holes are left over fill them in.

5. Tips for sewing pieces together

When you need to sew pieces together make sure the holes line up and your project is sturdy enough to stand up on its own. That the seams of the plastic are completely covered, you do this by stitching twice in each hole.

If you have something large and it needs to stand up on its own such as Fig 1 below. You can place a piece of cardboard between the front and back pieces of plastic canvas; this helps it stand up straight. This is a doorstop so as you see in fig 2 there is a brick that is covered by plastic canvas and the Cowgirl is glued onto it.

        Fig 1.    Cowgirl                                                              Fig 2.

       side view
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How to spark your inner "idea factory" and take all of your plastic canvas crafts projects from the ordinary to the breathtakingly extraordinary virtually overnight!

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