Lacing with yarn on plastic canvas is such a versatile craft. Using plastic canvas enables the crafter to make two dimensional and three dimensional projects quite easily.
This tutorial will show one way to stitch a plastic canvas coaster or plastic canvas circle. This tutorial shows one method to stitch and cover a plastic canvas circle. Look below for a second free plastic canvas coaster pattern too!
What is mesh plastic canvas?
Plastic canvas that is used for needlepoint is also known as mesh plastic. The plastic is molded into square holes, which is where the yarn is laced through.
The count of the plastic canvas indicates how many holes there are per inch. Common sizes of plastic canvas are 5 count, 7 count, and 10 count. The larger the count, the smaller the project will be.
For this free plastic canvas coaster pattern, round shapes of canvas will be used. They are purchased in this shape and do not need to be cut.
It is important to look carefully at the circles that have been purchased for this project. The holes are often in different positions depending on the brand purchased, and this will determine how the stitching will be done.
Learn more about making a mesh plastic coaster by watching our video or keep reading this post.
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Two VIDEOS Showing plastic canvas coasters:
We have two videos showing different plastic canvas coaster patterns or plastic canvas circle patterns. Click each link below to view the video tutorial or keep reading for a written photo tutorial of each plastic canvas coaster pattern.
WHAT YOU NEED to make plastic canvas coaster #2
INSTRUCTIONS for making plastic canvas coaster #2
STEP 1: examine the circle closely
The plastic canvas circles that are used in this tutorial are made by Darice. Take a moment to examine the plastic canvas circles that have been purchased for this free plastic canvas pattern.
Depending on the position of the holes on the plastic canvas, it will be necessary to get creative and see what type of design can be made.
STEP 2: begin stitching the first ring
Looking at this plastic canvas circle, there are several holes that line up going toward the center of the circle.
For this tutorial, I chose to make a ring starting at the second and third rows. Be sure to start plastic canvas using the directions on that page.
As can be seen, a tail of the yarn is left on the back and stitching is done over the tail to cover it up.
Keep stitching the long stitch all of the way around the circle until the ring is finished. Finish the plastic canvas yarn as directed on the page.
step 3: Stitch the second ring on the plastic canvas coaster
After examining the holes in the plastic canvas circle, the next ring is going to be on the fifth and sixth rings. A single ring will be made once again, stitching through the fifth and sixth holes to make a narrow ring just as in step 2.
Remember to review the steps for starting and ending yarn on plastic canvas.
Continue stitching the plastic canvas coaster until that ring is complete
step 4: Fill in the gaps in the plastic canvas coaster
The area between the first two stitched rings is made up of even holes that line up directly one under the other. For this ring, rows 3 and 5 will be stitched using the long stitch.
Starting on the 5th row, come up from the back, remembering to start the yarn correctly on the plastic canvas.
Go down through the third hole which is the ring where the first row was sewn.
Continue around the plastic canvas circle until that ring is complete. No plastic canvas should be visible between the three rings that have been stitched.
step 5: Stitch where the holes went from three to one in the rows
In the rings on the plastic canvas coaster reduced from three to one on the 6th ring. When the hole decrease, it is necessary to use a hole three times.
For example, the first stitch will start in the ring with one hole. Go up from the back in that ring and then go down in the first open hole in the row with three holes.
In order to decrease from three holes to one hole, go back through the first hole three times to compensate for the difference in the number of holes.
Continue stitching around the circle, using the single hole for all of holes at the section that was started. Next, move to the next section and do the same thing with the second center hole.
Continue moving to each section, using the center hole three times for the holes above.
This ring of long stitches will be thicker than the rest because so much yarn is going through the single holes.
Once that ring is complete, there were four holes left in the center. These were easily filled in with a simple cross stitch.
Use the cross stitch to finish the center.
step 6: finish the outer ring of the plastic mesh coaster
There are two holes left at the outside of the plastic canvas coaster. Since these two rows match up, it is simple to stitch around the rings.
Remember to start the yarn as instructed. Go around the canvas on the second ring, then loop the yarn around the outer ring, going back down through the same hole.
Next, move to the next hole. Go down through the hole next to the last stitch, loop the yarn over the plastic canvas to the front and go through the same hole.
Continue in this manner until the outside edge of the plastic canvas coaster is complete. This will form a nice ring on the outer edge.
Continue sewing around the outer ring to give a neat finish to the plastic canvas coaster.
The coaster is complete!
Display the completed plastic canvas coaster with pride. Doesn't it look nice below the water glass?
Be sure to make a set of plastic mesh coasters to use around the home. They are easy to make and look great!
I hope you enjoyed learning how to make the plastic canvas coaster version 2. Don't miss the plastic canvas coaster version 1 for another tutorial showing how to make a plastic mesh coaster.
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