Free Plastic Canvas Patterns Online

Plastic Canvas Heart
Plastic Canvas Heart | Source

Plastic Canvas Needlepointing is one of those age old crafts that has stayed popular through the years. Though the stitches are fairly easy, the patterns they make are beautiful.

Needlepointing plastic canvas is a fun and easy craft. Because of the rigidity of the plastic mesh and the large size of the needle used, it is often the first step in teaching a young girl to needlepoint. The combination of fairly easy stitches, the larger holes in the canvas, and the larger needle make this a craft that is fun and easy. This is a craft that is you will be sure to find addicting.

What is Plastic Canvas?

Plastic canvas is a type of vinyl mesh that is used to create needlepoint projects that need more structure than the regular fabric canvas. It comes in a selection of different shapes and colors as well as sheets that can be cut into any size and shape needed.

The canvas comes in 5-count, 7-count, 10-count, and 14-count, and measures like cross stitch aida cloth. In other words, like aida cloth, 14-count plastic canvas and 14 count aida cloth both equal 14 holes per inch.

The most common color used is clear because it doesn't show through the stitches, and the most popular size is 7-count. Because of the size of the holes, yarns is typically used to stitch the patterns and a larger size needle with a blunt point is needed. For 7-count plastic canvas a #16 needle is used, for 10 or 14-count you would use a #20 or #24 needle.

Some of the Simpler Stitches

Plastic canvas stitching is a lot like needlepoint. The simplified stitches plastic canvas stitches are the simplest of the needlepoint stitches. With the basic stitches I am including you can craft many different plastic canvas projects.

  • Continental or Tent Stitch

This is the stitch most used with plastic canvas. This stitch is worked diagonally on the plastic canvas from one row of holes to the next.

  • Slanted Gobelin Stitch

This stitch is slanted across more than one row of plastic canvas.

  • Gobelin or Long Straight Stitch

The gobelin stitch is straight up and down or side to side over more than one hole.

  • Overcast or Whip Stitch

The overcast stitch finishes the cut edges of the plastic canvas piece.

The whip stitch is used when joining two or more pieces of plastic canvas.

Continental Stitch
Continental Stitch | Source
Slanted Gobelin Stitch
Slanted Gobelin Stitch | Source
Gobelin Stitch
Gobelin Stitch | Source
Overcast or Whip Stitch
Overcast or Whip Stitch | Source

Free Patterns Online

Now that you know you would like to try your hand at plastic canvas stitching, you need to know where to get patterns. Of course, you can buy the patterns at any craft store, there are about a million different places on line where you can purchase them. I like to get them for free, if I can. There are lots of spots on line you can visit that offer free patterns, you just need to know where to look. Well, I did the looking for you. I've included, for your viewing pleasure, the ones I like the best.

  • oscette.tripod.com has a terrific collection of free plastic canvas patterns geared towards the more advanced plastic canvas crafter. The projects are more detailed and use a wider variety of stitches.


  • aokcorral.com offers an adorable Halloween basket along with several other, just as cute, Halloween patterns. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. If you've had any experience at needlepointing, this is the site for you.


  • tgaw.com contains several nice free plastic canvas patterns. The instructions are clear and concise and easy enough for a beginner to accomplish. The selection includes patterns such as Beavis, Chuckie, Finster, Duckling, Homer Simpson, Mickey Mouse, Squirrel with heart and many more.


  • angelfire.com an amazing collection of free patterns for the plastic canvas enthusiast. You have to check out the seasonal coaster pattern. This is a good site for the beginner to advanced stage needle crafter.


  • caron-net.com has a nice frame project that is perfect for a beginner. It is colorful, easy to stitch, and just plain cute.


  • rainbowgallery.com has several free plastic canvas patterns that are sure to please even the most discerning crafter. The pattern selection includes patterns for: ornaments, bookmarks, eyeglass cases, and much more. These projects range from the beginner level to the advanced level. There is truly something for everyone here.


  • christmasdecorationcrafts.com has the most diversified collection of free plastic canvas Christmas ornament patterns I've found. It ranges from Nativity Ornaments to Country-style Ornaments to unusual ornaments such as the Christmas Pickle. The directions are clear and easy to follow and the levels range from beginner to advanced.


  • aheartfulloflove.com is a great little website that connects you to patterns such as 18" doll flip flops, and a terrific alphabet pattern. The directions are clear and easy to follow.


  • webindia123.com has some beautiful floral coaster patterns. They are easy to stitch and you are sure to find one you love.


  • craftstew.com offers so many free plastic canvas patterns that they divided them into sections such as: Accessories, Home, Outdoors, Winter Holidays, Valentine's Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, 4th of July, Kids, and Cartoon Figures. There is definitely a petterns for ever level and taste in this website.


  • freepatterns.com has a wonderful selection of flat and 3-D patterns. This site is good for the more advanced stitcher. You need to become a member to download patterns . Membership is free and well worth the few seconds it takes to join.

50 Projects You Can Make With Plastic Canvas

There a loads of projects you can do using plastic canvas. The more you do the more you will think of. I have listed a few to help get you started.

  1. animals
  2. tissue boxes
  3. coasters
  4. suncatchers
  5. wreathes
  6. banners
  7. shelf sitters
  8. welcome signs
  9. purses
  10. card holders
  11. glass cases
  12. boxes
  13. baskets
  14. wall hangings
  15. door hangers
  16. tree toppers
  17. frames
  18. doll furniture
  19. wipes cover
  20. squeezies
  21. coin purses
  22. mobiles
  23. toys
  24. bookmark
  25. plant markers
  26. placemats
  27. sewing sets
  28. flowers
  29. figurines
  30. fruit
  31. birdhouse
  32. purses
  33. luggage tags
  34. vvases
  35. keychains
  36. crosses
  37. horseshoes
  38. photo albums
  39. book cover
  40. pencil holder
  41. magnets
  42. towel holder
  43. trivet
  44. napkin holder
  45. cookie jar
  46. makeup case
  47. paperclip holder
  48. wallet
  49. name plack
  50. barettes

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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Thank you for these great fun ideas. I love that they are fast and simple! Up++ and pinnin g!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Although I'm not into needlepoint, KKGals, my daughter is, so I'm going to share all those great free pattern sites with her that you mentioned. Thanks for the tips.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

I've never tried making any plastic canvas patterns, but i have bought the bookmarkers, coasters and crosses. I could never sew anything, but your patterns look easy enough. Thank you for sharing...


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Incredible ideas here on Free Plastic Canvas Patterns Online, so great creative thoughts and so well accomplished. The many items that one can make with canvas patterns is wonderful and I had not much knowledge of this until now.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

btrbell, I like quick and easy also. Some of these patterns are great for making ornaments.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

drbj, thanks for sharing. I hope you daughter finds it useful.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

always exploring, it's never to late to learn a new craft.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

DDE, it's a fun and easy craft. I starting doing it many years ago and still enjoy it.


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heidithorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

I did PC needlepoint years ago and it was fun and relaxing. Still have one of the bigger projects hanging in the office. Thanks for reminding me to look into it again!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

heidithorne, one of the reasons I like plastic canvas stitching is that it makes such adorable ornaments.


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

I didn't realize that there were so many different stitches. Nice introduction!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

aviannovice, just imagine, I only included the four most used. There are many more.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Victoria, plastic canvas makes the cutest ornaments for Christmas and they don't take a tremendous amount of time.


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SweetiePie 2 years ago from Southern California, USA

I love cross stitching on plastic canvas, and I created a heart design, which I framed and hung on the wall.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 2 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

SweetiePie, I find plastic canvas stitching relaxing. You should do a hub on your heart design.


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PegCole17 13 months ago from Dallas, Texas

Great ideas for those who love to stitch canvas patterns. My mom loved to do this and I have many of her finished projects to treasure. She made bookmarks, ceiling fan pulls, welcome signs, covers for bricks (used as doorstops) and more. Wish I had known about the free sites when she was crafting these.

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