One of my favorite bloggers recently put a call out to the blogger-verse asking for participants for her annual Plastic Canvas Blog Hop. I’ve never worked with plastic canvas before (GASP!), and you know I love me a challenge, so I jumped on board. Also, the opportunity to be involved in a blog hop with a bunch of wonderfully crafty and talented peoples like Diane at Craftypod made my heart skip a beat. Seriously. She’s rad. And super witty – she makes me chuckle daily with her Tweets and photos of her fluffy cat.
So, like I said, this is my first foray into the world of plastic canvas. Now, I admit, I had a preconceived notion that all you could make with plastic canvas were tissue box covers in pastel colors….something like Grandma would make, right? No. There is a whole world of unique and cool things to make out there! (Really, there is – check this out)
I came up with my idea for the note and pen holder out of need – I wanted something cute to hold some packaging supplies. But then I realized that my super creative niece was turning 10 soon, so I decided to make it a gift for her. This required some funky color and bling in order to meet her standards.
I hit up Michaels for my supplies.
I grabbed two sheets of PC (just in case I failed miserably and had to start over), two different colors of worsted wool yarn, two of the blingy “yarn” types that they have right next to the PC, and a package of plastic canvas needles. More later on those yarn types….
Not knowing exactly how to start, I did some good old Googling and found this video tutorial on how to get started, including how to thread the needle and start stitching. This was most helpful, especially when it comes to changing your thread.
I practiced for a bit, then I drew up a plan for my project and cut out my pieces like so:
I then lined them up on my desk so it made sense:
Then I started stitching each piece, one by one. I didn’t do any fancy stitching, I kept it pretty basic. One thing I DO have to say is that this part of the process is SO RELAXING! I could sit on the couch or on the bed and do this all day (which was great since I’m still supposed to stay off my feet until the baby gets here). Here’s a closeup of one of the pieces in progress, and as you can see I’m totally vegging on the couch. Like my laces?
Back to the yarn types…. the worsted wool was the best and easiest to work with. Those other two, not so much. They charge you a pretty penny for them too. The one with the silver wasn’t THAT bad to work with, but the other shiny black yarn… BLEGH! Lesson learned. In the future I will stick with the normal stuff.
I didn’t want to make it too basic so I did mix up the yarn and stitching a little bit..
I left the bottom piece alone since I figured it would be covered by paper..
The hardest part, and where the relaxation ended for me, was joining the pieces together. Unfortunately I didn’t capture this process on camera, but you basically do a whip-stitch around the two edges. Here’s another video tutorial showing how to do it (isn’t YouTube wonderful?).
Again, this is where the yarn matters! Pulling that shiny black stuff through the holes where yarn already resided was very difficult and a few times it tore apart said shiny black stuff. I had little flecks of shiny black stuff all over me by the time I was done. Hmpf.
But in the end it was pretty.
I made some note cards and note paper for my niece, found a flashy pink pen and gave her some washi tape and and eraser to go with the set.
The bow always makes a difference on a gift!
I don’t think she reads my blog, but if she does, she knows what she’s getting for her birthday. Well, a small part of it anyway, because I always SPOIL her!
I tucked in the pen and washi tape under the bow, and laid the eraser flat so I can wrap it in cellophane for her birthday…I think she will dig it!
This was a fun project – now that my eyes are open to the PC world, I can start thinking up some other fun ideas to make. Don’t you LOVE learning a new craft?!
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