Plastic Canvas and Sequins Create Wonderful Results!

Posted on: January 29, 2010

How to create more totally unique and amazing plastic canvas projects!

If you’re under the impression that the only material you can use on plastic canvas is yarn, such as Needloft yarn, metallic yarn, Darice or JP Coats yarn, you are very much mistaken.

In this article I’ll walk you thru some very simple steps on how you can use sequins to make your plastic canvas projects stand out and amaze your friends, family members and fellow plastic canvas crafters. 

With this new technique you can make almost anything. By adding sequins to your project you will create a whole new look that you never before imagined possible — and talk about jazzing it up!   

For example, take a look at this parrot. By using one sheet of 7 count plastic canvas, 4mm colored sequins, some Aleene’s Tacky glue and needloft yarn you could make a very unique and colorful, eye-catching project like this one. Make it a wall hanging, a door stop or whatever you have in mind.

We’re going to start by using 7count plastic canvas; 4mm slightly cupped colored sequins from, needloft yarn, Aleene’s Tacky glue and a picture of a cool-looking parrot I found in a child’s coloring book.

Note: Sequins come in different sizes, i.e., 2mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm and so on.  The sequin size you choose depends upon how large your picture is — for smaller pictures use smaller sequins, and vice-versa.  Also, sequins come in either flat or cupped style. If you use cupped sequins, as I did on this project, make sure when you lay your sequins the open cup side faces down and the pointy side faces up.

  1. Using crayons or colored pencils, color the picture the way you want to see it look when it’s finished.  Here’s how I started out coloring my parrot picture.


2. Place a sheet of 7-count plastic canvas on top of the picture, as displayed below.

3. You’re going to work this project section by section.  So pick a small section to start with, for example, the beak. Run a thin line of glue over the outline of that section.  Since the entire beak is black, you’re going to use black sequins to cover the glue you’ve just layed down. Once you’ve layed the sequin border, fill in the rest of the section with glue, and then lay the appropriate sequins in place.

Helpful tip:  The easiest and fastest way to pick up the sequins, one by one, is to take a sewing needle and dip the pointed end into a small dab of glue, then touch the needle tip to a sequin.  The sequin will stick to it, and you can then easily place the sequin on top of the glue on your canvas. Don’t worry if you put a little too much glue, it will dry clear.

4. Continue doing one small section at a time. As explained above, use a sewing needle to place the sequins one by one.  Again, all you do is lay the border of a section with the appropriate sequins first,  and fill in the interior of that section with appropriately colored sequins.

5. Once you’ve finished gluing all of your sequins in place, and all the glue has dried, determine how large of a frame you want around the picture — 4 rows, 7 rows, its up to you. Cut your canvas accordingly.

6. Fill in the canvas frame with needloft yarn of your choice, as below.

7. At this point, you can pull the paper pattern off the back with a pair of tweezers.

8. If you want to turn the project into a wall hanging, simply cut another piece of canvas the same size as the front, and stitch the two pieces together so you have a backing that covers up the back side. This also gives you something to attach your hanger to.  Just glue a metal hook to the back for a hanger. That’s all there is to it!

 Tweety bird is done the same way. Again you can use this fun and unusual technique for any of your favorite characters, sports logos, or shapes such as flowers, leafs, snowflakes, Happy Faces…the sky’s the limit.

You can easily find pictures in coloring books, or on Google images.

Note: These images may be copyrighted, so these projects should be done for your own personal use.

Check out my newest sequin and canvas project…Tweety bird:


 Is this a simple technique or what?

Now that you’ve learned this technique, what are you waiting for? You’re on your way to making your very own unique masterpiece.

Children will absolutely love these!

I’ve used this technique to make Scooby Doo and Barney for some small children a few years back, and their eyes just lit up when they saw them.

Be creative, and add some embellishments. Add the child’s name if you’d  like. The possibilities are truly endless. 

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.

There’s lots more I’ll reveal in my book, so if you have not signed up to be notified when it’s ready, please do so now and download your 5 FREE plastic canvas patterns at

Now go have fun and start stitchin!

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4 Responses to "Plastic Canvas and Sequins Create Wonderful Results!"

Good job Kathy. Where do we get this kind of yarn and how much does it cost? I never thought, that a person can use the yarn for any other thought except for doing it the way that my mother had showed me. Now, I wished, that she was here to see this. I am going to get some coloring books myself and start to try and do these as well. I’m going to be printing out the instructions when I get the chance to do so. That way, I can have them with me when I need to figure it all out. Again, thank you so much for posting your projects on face book. They are very interesting.


Thanks, Teresa.
The yarn is needloft yarn. It cost about $0.60 cents a skien, or $3.19 for 2oz roll.You can buy it at most Wal-Mart’s or on-line, or at Michael’s craft store.

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I am so excited to find your blog. I love plastic canvas and have been doing it for years but did not know of anyone else who loved this craft as much as I do until now. I love the sequin idea and look forward to spending more time on your blog.

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