Getting a plastic canvas project done from start to finish can be a tricky project if you don’t have the right tools for the job. A plan and a pattern are the most important things for making a plastic canvas craft after the supplies themselves. Because there are so many options and so many different things you can make with plastic canvas, you should always have the best plan to help you succeed the first time and to be the most efficient.
No matter what kind of project it is, having to redo something because there wasn’t a solid plan or pattern in place is a very frustrating thing to have happen. This happens quite frequently with plastic canvas crafts because you simply can’t just move something over if it isn’t where it should be. Having a pattern will make it easier to make sure you are in the right spot on the canvas at all times and this will make it easier to get a good result the first time. Patterns are very common and very popular because they simply show what colors should be where in the design. Having this visual aide helps many people see what they are going to get before they even start the craft. But many patterns, particularly commercial ones that come in a book or kit, are more helpful than just providing a glimpse of what they craft will look like in the end. They can help plan where to start stitching with each color to minimize waste and to keep a consistent look over the course of the whole project. This will also help to ensure that the stitching is the same for each color used and that the patterns within the patterns will come out the way they are supposed to.
Patterns for plastic canvas will include many things, but among the most important could be step by step instructions for completing the whole design. This is great for people who can understand better from writing than from pictures. But the writing is often backed up by diagrams and progress indicators that help you understand where you are in the whole timeline of the project.
Designs and patterns can be found in many different places. One of the easiest places to find them is online. Many sites offer free patterns and step by step instructions for completing them. Others could be subscription based and will allow you to access them only with a paid membership. Other sites sell books, kits or guides that will help you follow and even create your own designs and patterns. Craft stores are also a great place to look when you are trying to find patterns for plastic canvas designs. You can even find programs that will convert a picture or drawing into a grid that can be used for your pattern.
The patterns that are found in commercial books or kits are often more helpful and comprehensive than ones that are free or found online, but don’t underestimate any source for designs. They help you from the planning phase to completion and display to help you make the most of your crafting. Depending on what kinds of crafts you are looking for, you should search in multiple places.
Just because there are patterns available in other places doesn’t mean that you can’t make your own patterns. A great way to start your own pattern is with an idea, a pad of graph paper and some colored pencils. It is better to think out a design and pattern on paper than actually sewing the design, because then you would have to undo any mistakes make. It is a lot easier to erase pencil than it is to undo a whole plastic canvas project for one simple oversight or error.