Plastic Canvas Alphabet

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.

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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. 
Supplies:
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!)  
Optional:
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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10 thoughts on “Plastic Canvas Alphabet

    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. 😉

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