Material and Plastic Canvas…the Perfect Match!

Posted on: November 1, 2009

How to create more stunning plastic canvas patterns 

image002-38Most plastic canvas crafters believe the only kind of material you can use on plastic canvas is plastic canvas yarn, such as Needloft yarn, metallic yarn, Darice or JP Coats yarn. That’s the farthest thing from the truth.

 You can also use 4-ply, 6-ply or even thicker yarn when you’re working with 5 count plastic canvas. 

 But more importantly, you can use unique materials like embroidery floss, (wraphia, you can order from Bags & Bows 800-225-8155), craft cord, elastic stretch cord, ribbon and fabric to really jazz up a plastic canvas project. 

 For example, yarn and fabric go wonderful together! Just look at this beautiful tissue box I recently created, which I call Rose Garden. You simply could not create such a stunning pattern with just yarn! It’s the fabric that makes the project really stand out. 

The yarn you choose is very important; you’ll want the yarn to show off the colors in the fabric. In this article I’ll walk you thru some very simple steps on how you can make your plastic canvas projects stand out and amaze your friends. 

 If you’ve never used fabric, hang on! This will give you a real kick. We’re going to start by using 5 count plastic canvas, needloft yarn and floral fabric.

(I used #55 watermelon Needloft yarn, and a rose patterned fabric in my example above.)

 Working with fabric is basically the same thing as working with yarn.  The only difference is that you need to prepare the fabric first.


Start by picking out ¼ yard of your favorite floral fabric and cut the fabric into one inch wide strips.

 Place Aleene’s permanent fabric glue along the entire lower edge of each strip, and fold, sealing the fabric into ½” strips.

 Once the glue is dry, thread a ½” strip of the fabric onto a plastic canvas needle, and try pulling it through the holes of the plastic canvas to see if it’s too thick.  If it is too thick, take it off the needle and trim off a very small amount (about 1/8”), and try it again.  Once the fabric pulls through the holes in the canvas easily, then you’ve determined the width that the rest of your fabric should be, and you can trim your remaining strips.  

But don’t trim the strips too thin.  Note in the photo that each piece of fabric must overlap the other producing the layered effect.   

 rose garden


Stitch the areas you want with fabric and fill the remainder in with yarn (see photos above). If the yarn you’re using isn’t thick enough to fully fill in the spaces between each hole, stitch twice in each hole. Make sure your stitches are neat and straight.  The stitches should tightly together, side by side, without overlap.

 You know the techniques

Now that you’ve learned the techniques of how to prepare your fabric and the importance of choosing a very stunning piece of fabric and picking a color of yarn to enhance the fabric, you’re on your way to making your very own breathtaking design.

 You’ve learned the BIG difference in using fabric is that the fabric creates most of the design for you. Your color coordination between the yarn and the fabric is essential.

Being creative will pay off in the end

Your time, effort and careful attention to detail will really pay off. 

In my upcoming 350-page book, Plastic Canvas Crafts Secrets, I show you additional tips and techniques to help you take your plastic canvas crafts skills to the next level.   The idea is to become so proficient at creating your own designs and patterns that you can start selling your original patterns to the major plastic canvas crafts publishers. You could even begin to earn a substantial amount of income for yourself and your family once your skill level is high enough.

There’s lots more I will reveal in my book Plastic Canvas Crafts Secrets. Sign up to be notified when it’s ready, and download your 5 FREE plastic canvas patterns at

Now go have fun and start stitchin!

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1 Response to "Material and Plastic Canvas…the Perfect Match!"

[…] yarns, like “Grande” by Red Heart that can be used as a single strand. Fabric also is a wonderful substitute for yarn, with such large count […]

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