Plastic Canvas Alphabet

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Back while I was in the hospital having the baby, I was also guest posting over at Mess for Less.
(Yeah, I'm a multi-tasker like that ; ) So, just in case you missed the post. . . here it is.


Plastic Canvas! 
Did anyone else ever play with it as a kid? 
My Gramma would often hand me a sheet of canvas, some scissors, and a bag of yarn. 
Then I would sit on the sofa and remain miraculously silent for hours at a time. 
What Mom doesn't dream of that kind of response to a craft?

The amount of "parental involvement" in this project varies greatly depending on the age of your child,
but can easily entertain most kids between the ages of 4 and 10. 

Scissors, Yarn, Sheets of plastic canvas 
(It comes in a variety of colors, and can be found at any craft, fabric, or wal-mart type store.)

A blunt needle
These come in metal or plastic, but make sure that the eye of the needle is not too large to fit
through the holes of the canvas. The 5mm worked perfectly. (I learned the hard way!)  

Magnets, Glue, Felt, and Graph paper

Cut out your desired shape.
You can use the graph paper to help your child design their own.

Use the yarn to make diagonal stitches from the bottom left to the upper right. 

The yarn "tail" can be secured behind the first few stitches.
Once all the rows are filled with diagonals, wrap the yarn around the edges,
and hide the ends under the stitches on the back. 

Now you can glue on a some felt to make the back prettier,

  add some magnets and stick them to the fridge,

or string a few together for a garland.

And in case you need a little extra inspiration, here are a few alphabet printables!

Just click on one of the 3 boxes to get started.
These letters are roughly 3 inches tall by 2 inches wide, and don't worry,
 they'll print in grey so you can really see the grids, and it won't use up all your ink. 

I'd love to hear what kinds of projects you guys have made with plastic canvas,
or whether you consider it an "old lady craft". ; D
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  1. Toni,

    These look like fun. They might even be easy enough for my crafty daughter to complete.

    I'm visiting from the Brassy Apple linky party. I would love if you stopped by my blog.

    Thanks for sharing,

  2. These are so cute! My daughter is always wanting to sew. These would be a perfect project for her!

  3. Hi!
    I LOVE this! My daughters will too! Thanks for sharing!
    I'm a new follower. I found you on Little Becky Homecky's Fantabulous Friday Linky.

    Please feel free to stop by my blog anytime! :-)


  4. Fun way for kids to learn their ABC's. My grandma use to make doll houses and doll furniture with plastic canvas, and I always loved them!

  5. Very fun and tactile! I'd love for you to add it on my link party at: Thanks!

  6. your first set of letters doesn't print onto a page properly, other than that, these are adorable....thank you so much!!

    1. Thanks so much for letting me know! I'm not sure what happened, but I'm pretty sure I've fixed it if you'd like to try again.

  7. What program did you use for these letters? I have a couple drawings I would like to turn into electronic patterns.

    Thanks for your time!


    1. Hi Alexandra! If I recall correctly, I used Photoshop for this one. I can't remember exactly how I did it (my husband probably helped me set something up), but I do remember it being a long and tedious pain in the bum. ;-)

  8. These are exactly what I'm looking for. Thank you. What mesh should I use? I usually use 7.


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