Looking for a fun plastic canvas project with modern style? Then this plastic canvas desk organizer is for you! This simple plastic canvas tutorial can corral all your favorite supplies and add some bold color to your work space at the same time.
As a kid, I would spend one month each summer at my grandparents house playing card games, swimming, and crafting. During those summers, I was first introduced to plastic canvas and made a set of plastic canvas coasters along with a box to store them in.
Ever since then, plastic canvas crafts have always been nostalgic for me, but plastic canvas projects don’t need to be stuck in the past! Plastic canvas is great for making modern projects as well. You can find lots of examples of modern plastic canvas crafts on the Darice blog such as a floral canvas clutch, these cute DIY bookmarks, and even plastic canvas koozies! Today I’m sharing my new bright and colorful little plastic canvas desk organizer!
I just love the combination of textures you can get by covering only part of the plastic canvas with embroidery. The hard, geometric lines of the plastic canvas provide great contrast to the soft, organic feeling of the embroidery.
This project works up pretty quickly and you can use the same basic steps to make all kinds of boxes, baskets, and containers. Ready to get making?
Modern plastic canvas tutorial supplies:
- 1 Sheet of 10.5″ x 13.5″ Darice Plastic Canvas (I used the Lavender color.)
- Darice Essentials Cotton Yarn (I use Red.)
- Plastic Canvas Needles
- Embroidery Pattern Printable
Step One. Cut Plastic Canvas Pieces.
The first step is to cut the pieces of your desk organizer. You will need to cut the following pieces from your plastic canvas sheet (the dimensions refer to the number of plastic canvas squares):
- Two 35 x 30 pieces
- Two 11 x 30 pieces
- One 35 x 11 piece
You can just use a regular pair of scissors to cut through the plastic canvas. Try to cut close to the outside edge of your pieces to give a smooth outer edge on each piece.
Step Two. Embroider Design.
Next, it’s time to embroider the design onto each of the four sides of the organizer. I used a simple straight stitch to create this feather stitch design. Use the pattern image to help you create the design on your side pieces.
When you have finished embroidering each of the side pieces, you should have something that looks like this:
Step Three. Assemble Organizer.
At this point, you are ready to assemble your organizer. Use a whipstitch to attach all of the pieces to one another.
Finally, I finished off the top edge of my organizer with a whipstitch as well o give it a more finished look.
And that’s it! Our modern plastic canvas desk organizer is all finished. I also made a quick video of this plastic canvas tutorial – just press play below.
What do you think? Would you give this project a try?
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Alexis Middleton is a lifelong crafter/DIYer and blogger at Persia Lou. She started crafting at a young age. As a girl, she spent summers with her grandmother crocheting baby doll afghans, making coasters out of plastic canvas and yarn, and canning apricot jam. Today, Alexis spends a lot of time dreaming up and working on projects for her family’s home. She loves mixing traditional crafting techniques with a more modern aesthetic.