How To Make Plastic Canvas Kissies
I was getting this tutorial all put together to teach my neighbor how to make plastic canvas kissies. We never got through the cutting stage though. So I thought I would put the tutorial to good work and pass it on to you.
First, since I want to keep my book pristine, I made a copy of the pattern so she could write on it as she went along. I will be shredding the copy after she is done, as I don't do copyright infringement. This pattern came from the book Squeezies listed below.
All photos and drawing in this tutorial are created by me and copyrighted by Grandma Marilyn's. Please do not copy them.
Time required: Variable
Cost: Depends on the cost of the pattern but about $5 or less
- A sheet of 7 Count Plastic Canvas or large enough scraps to make your forms
- Plastic canvas yarn or small scraps of yarn in the colors you want to use on your project
- Pompoms needed for your kissie (optional)
- Plastic Canvas pattern of your Kissie
- A marker of some sort to mark the canvas
- Scissors, an xacto knife, or razor cutter for cutting the plastic canvas or yarn
- A yarn needle or needle with a large enough eye for the yarn to go through for stitching the canvas
1. GET YOUR SUPPLIES TOGETHER
As you can see in the picture above, I like to get all of the supplies together that I will be using in a plastic baggie. This allows me to know where everything is for my project and reduces the frustration of having to track them down later or losing part of the supplies.
2. MARKING PLASTIC CANVAS FORMS
So, now you have your supplies together. Time to get started getting them ready for you to use.
First, using your marker, outline the forms on your plastic canvas. Make sure you make the same pattern as is on your project sheet.
If you are counting the squares as I do, make sure you are on the outside of those squares. If you are counting bars as some do, make sure you are counting the outside bars also. Many times, I catch myself forgetting to do the correct number of squares or bars. Then I have to start all over again with the outlining.
Have some alcohol and tissues or cotton balls available to erase the lines that you made errors on so that you don't waste your plastic canvas.
3. Be very careful as you cut your form that you do not cut into the bars that are surrounding the form. This could cause you to cut all the way through and have to start over or leave a place for the form to break later after you have given this away as a gift or as you are using it.
Points can be cut at an angle so they won't be so sharp but be sure to leave enough of the thread to keep it secure. Also, don't forget to cut off the little nibs on the edges of the form to keep a even line.
Be sure to keep your fingers at a safe distance from the sharp edges of the scissors or X-Acto knife. You wouldn't want to injure yourself while you try to cut the plastic canvas. Agreed a touch of blood in a project adds love but these sharp points could add more than a drop.
4. You are now ready to start stitching and filling in the the forms. Get out your project sheet with the instructions and graphs of the Kissie you are going to be creating. Look it over carefully.
If you don't understand how to do the stitches the graphs are asking for, now is the time to do some research and find somewhere where the stitches are explained to you. You might even be able to find a Youtube video to help you.
5. You are now ready to fill in your plastic forms according to your project sheets.
For a "Plain Jane" Kissie (http://knitstitchglue.blogspot.com/2012/01/step-tw... you would use the continental stitch (see plastic-canvas-how-to lens by scraps2treasures). This is a very easy stitch to master. This is also the easiest Kissie to learn.
Fill in the forms as instructed on the worksheet. In the case of the "plain jane" Kissie, you would have 3 forms to work with.
6. Check your project worksheet to see where you would be connecting the forms together.
The joinings for the "Plain Jane" Kissie are shown in the picture with black, red or orange lines. This is basically a slip stitch connecting all the forms to form your Kissie.
For the "Plain Jane" Kissie, you would connect:
A and C together (black lines)
B and C together (black lines)
A and B together (orange lines)
B and C together (red lines)
Your Kissie has been formed. Now you need to work on getting rid of any raw edges and giving it character.
7. WHIP STITCH RAW EDGES
After all the pieces are put together, look for any raw edges.
On the "Plain Jane" Kissie, the raw edges are around the A and C form (blue lines). You will whip stitch around each of these edges to make it look nice.
Your "Plain Jane" Kissie is completed.
8. ADDING CHARACTER
Now that you have put the forms together to form the basic Kissie and whip stitched the raw edges, you are ready to give your Kissie some character if you want to.
Googly eyes - this will give the Kissie a face. Googly eyes come in all colors and shapes so you can have a Kissie that is YOU. This little baby boy Kissie has blue eyes.
Pompoms - These come in all shapes, colors and sizes, too. Use them to add a nose, cheeks, or other features. The lion in my Plastic Canvas Kissies lens used them to make a nose and cheeks. This little baby boy has a pompom nose.
Let your imagination be your guide. Notice how this little baby boy has a blue bow and a bib with yarn ties. I have seen fake fur used for hair on them also.
9. All Finished
Remember that Kissies not only hold a Hershey kiss. They can hold anything that is small enough to put in the mouth, such as a ring.
You have now finished your Kissie. Enjoy it.