Using Plastic Canvas

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Using Plastic Canvas

Postby StitchPlease » Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:36 pm

Plastic canvas is a great cross stitching tool to have. It’s very versatile and gives a whole new dimension to your work! If you’re a fan of functional pieces of art, plastic canvas is your new best friend!

You can find plastic canvas the same place you find most other cross stitch supplies. The most common brand is Darice.

Plastic, just like its fabric counterpart, has different counts depending on what sie you want the finished product. I use 10 count, which makes most NES sprites about 2 by 2 inches (5 by 5 cm.). Plastic comes anywhere from 7 to 14 and in many different colors.

Plastic is best used when looking for a sturdy base for a project. The list of items that plastic canvas can be used for is only limited by imagination. It can be a : magnet, keychain, hair clip, jewelry, box, even 3D models!

This walk-through is for making a small sprite out of plastic canvas as a stand-alone item. Once you get the method down, you can try anything!

You can also find all of this information in my video: http://youtu.be/AXMeF0IzMY8

Items Needed
• Plastic canvas, I use 10 count
• Needle, I use Tapestry 18
• Scissors, the smaller the better
• Sharpie or other marker
• Mod-Podge Glue
• Fabri-Tac Glue
• Felt, if applicable
• Finials, ie. Pins, clips, magnets etc.


1) Find a pattern, normally smaller than 50 by 50 pixels. Depending on the count of the canvas, you can go bigger.

2) Trace the sprite onto plastic canvas using the marker.

3) Cut out the sprite. I use an Exacto-Knife; it helps to get into the tighter spots. Depending on the look you’re going for or how comfortable you are with stitching you can leave an extra square of canvas around the design. When you cut out the sprite make sure it looks like this TTTTT, so there’s extra plastic to hold the stitches.


4) Start the outline or main color, normally on most sprites it’s black. You’ll want to wrap the thread around the edges and keep it taunt. Add the other colors, normally from the most used to the least is easiest. Try to use the least amount of thread, restarting can loosen the thread and cause it to unravel.

5) If the sprite was cut without edges, make sure to glue the outside to make sure it won’t unravel. I use Mod-Podge with a foam brush; feel free to go a little heavy as it does dry clear.

6) Finish your sprite as desired.

a. Magnet
i. Glue a magnet to back using Fabric-Tac glue or use a magnet with adhesive backing.

b. Pin
i. Glue a pin to back using Fabric-Tac glue.

c. Hair Clip
i. Glue a Snap Clip or Barrette to back using Fabric-Tac glue.

d. Keychain
i. Glue felt or another backing to the sprite. Figure out the top middle of the sprite and create a small hole. Open the ring to attach the keychain through hole created. Needle-Nosed pliers are very helpful to open and close the ring.

7. Creating a double sided charm

a. Stitch a normal and mirror image of sprite, leaving an extra square around both. Use back-stitching to stitch the sprites together back to back. Finish using the instructions for the keychain, omitting the felt step.

I hope this is a good jumping off point. If you have any questions let me know, I'm always happy to help if I can. Good luck!

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Re: Using Plastic Canvas

Postby La Ptite Bete » Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:19 am

:thumbsup: Thanks Purcell, these are great tips, I've never tried plastic canvas for the moment but I think I won't wait too long...
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Re: Using Plastic Canvas

Postby blackberrybear » Sun Jan 29, 2012 1:21 pm

Is modge-podge suppose to feel sticky after it dries?

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Re: Using Plastic Canvas

Postby kuja.girl » Sun Jan 29, 2012 2:30 pm

blackberrybear wrote:Is modge-podge suppose to feel sticky after it dries?


I've had this happen before, I'm not sure what causes it. It might be a heat/humidity thing. Try putting on another, thin, coat and see if it is still sticky after that.
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Re: Using Plastic Canvas

Postby StitchPlease » Sun Jan 29, 2012 4:40 pm

kuja.girl wrote:
blackberrybear wrote:Is modge-podge suppose to feel sticky after it dries?


I've had this happen before, I'm not sure what causes it. It might be a heat/humidity thing. Try putting on another, thin, coat and see if it is still sticky after that.


It takes a little bit of time to dry completely. It does depend on how heavy a coat you put on it. I only put it on the edges so it tends to dry in about 10 minutes.

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Re: Using Plastic Canvas

Postby blackberrybear » Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:41 am

purcell_a05 wrote:
kuja.girl wrote:
blackberrybear wrote:Is modge-podge suppose to feel sticky after it dries?


I've had this happen before, I'm not sure what causes it. It might be a heat/humidity thing. Try putting on another, thin, coat and see if it is still sticky after that.


It takes a little bit of time to dry completely. It does depend on how heavy a coat you put on it. I only put it on the edges so it tends to dry in about 10 minutes.


Hmmm, the coating was thin (I think) and I left it alone over night before messing with it again. Maybe I'll go play with it some more. Thanks.

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Re: Using Plastic Canvas

Postby curliewurlie » Mon Mar 19, 2012 4:07 am

I love this idea. I am always making little bits for people and being able to easily turn them into keyrings is something i struggle with, so i will be trying this!
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Re: Using Plastic Canvas

Postby chickenstitch » Mon Mar 19, 2012 6:54 am

hmm might give this a try, or rather put it on the list on things to try

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Re: Using Plastic Canvas

Postby TheMainlander » Sat Apr 28, 2012 11:59 am

Thanks so much for the guide (especially the video), it finally inspired me to try a cross-stitch project other than a kit!

I decided to make some charm-style keychains of NES-era Final Fantasy characters, using 14 count plastic canvas. That size is giving me 2" keychains, a perfect size for my needs.

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Red Mage is finished, double-sided and sewn together, then finished with Mod Podge. Black Mage, still in progress, is only the back (mirror image) so far.

After that, I have Thief and White Mage, then my party is complete! Or, at least my set of keys...
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Re: Using Plastic Canvas

Postby Krysta » Fri May 04, 2012 5:33 am

I went to the store to get the mod podge but they had so many different ones, i got confused. Which one is the best?

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