Plastic Canvas is a popular pastime enjoyed by people of all ages. People love it because of how quickly projects can be completed. Additionally, it is a multi-faceted craft that can take many forms. Unlike cross-stitch, you aren’t limited to just two-dimensional pictures. Plastic canvas projects can be three-dimensional. Popular projects include magnets, coasters, and tissue box covers. The one downside can be the expense of the patterns. At around $8 for a booklet, plastic canvas patterns are not cheap. Fortunately for crafters everywhere, free plastic canvas patterns are abundant, if you know a few places to look.
Start with your friends.
Your search for free patterns can start with your friends and acquaintances. After a project is completed, most people don’t feel the need to hang on to the pattern. If you ask around, your friends may have some patterns around the house that are just collecting dust. They will probably be more than happy to pass them on to you.
Check out online book exchanges.
Because most plastic canvas patterns are only needed until the project is completed, people are more than happy to let someone else use them. Online book exchange sites like BooksfreeSwap, BookCrossing, and BookMooch generally operate on a points system. A person lists a book on the exchange and then mails it to the first person to ask for it, which then earns them points that can be used to request books of their own. You can redeem those points in exchange for plastic canvas pattern books.
Search for free plastic canvas patterns online.
A quick online search for free patterns yields many sites where designers offer their patterns for free. Most of these websites are run by hobbyists who enjoy sharing their creations with others for free. You can print your own pattern at home. For a greener option, you can save a copy of the pattern to your hard drive and work from your computer monitor
Check out your local library.
Larger libraries may have a good number of plastic canvas books. Just ask the librarian to help you locate them. Most libraries allow you to keep materials for 2-3 weeks. Because the projects work up so quickly, you can easily complete them before the book is due.
For around $20, you can purchase Plastic Canvas Design Studio software which allows you to design your own projects. The software is very user-friendly so most people will be designing patterns in no time. Another useful feature is the option to import an image. The software then converts the picture into a pattern. By using this software, you will have access to an endless supply of free plastic canvas patterns.
In addition, be sure to check out my free plastic canvas patterns here at A Heart Full of Love and on Squidoo.
- 18 Inch Doll Flip Flops
- American Girl Doll Headband
- 18 Inch Doll Easter Basket
- American Girl Doll Halloween Candy Bucket
- Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon
- Plastic Canvas Alphabet Patterns
- Photo Memories Tissue Box Cover
- Irish at Heart Tissue Box Cover
With so many resources for free plastic canvas patterns, you may never pay for a pattern again.