This project is pretty basic and doesn't require many supplies.
- Plastic Canvas Size 7 Count - One sheet of 10' x 13' should be fine
- Yarn in the colors of your choosing - I used Pale Yellow and a green I got from a garage sale
- Plastic Canvas Needles (needs to work with size 7 count plastic canvas)
- Scissors - to cut the yarn and canvas
- Floral Wire or something stiff you can use for the stem - I used 18 gauge cloth covered floral wire because it wasn't as skinny as some others (you could also use a dowel if you can find a thin one
- Wire Cutters - Since it is hard to cut the floral wire with just the scissors
I had been searching for more plastic canvas projects after having found, and creating, a Nintendo DS case that looked like an old, traditional Nintendo controller. I wanted to find out how to make 3D flowers for a long time, but could never find any. I always found old, old books that showed you how to do it. I have attempted a rose, but need to prefect that, and have made plans for a tulip and daisy. For now, I present to you, the Plastic Canvas Yarn Daffodil.
Step 1: Cutting
The first step is to get your pieces together. You need to cut them out of the plastic canvas and then make sure you cut off any extra pieces. It's best to cut them all out first and then trim them down. If you don't cut them the right size right away, you will need to start over since you can't fix what has been cut. Though, it's pretty easy with this flower.
You need six leaves. My graph paper picture shows the overall size of it and also shows what to trim off. It is 13 squares by 11 squares.
There is one center piece. It is 20 squares by 8 squares.
There. You are already doing great.
Step 2: Using Your Yarn
Now you just need to weave in your yarn. You have to cut off the yarn to get started. You might want it fairly long to make sure you don't run out, but you also want to be careful. If it is too long, it can get difficult to work with. If it does end up too short, all you have to do is weave your end in the back of some of your stitches and then weave in your new piece and start where you left off.
I used the diagonal stitch, which, I believe, most people do. Just work from one square into the diagonal. You just keep doing this until you have no more squares. Then you continue around the outside and just whip stitch around, making sure no plastic canvas shows. I usually use two or three stitches on the corners to hide each edge and the corner itself.
Now you need to bring the middle piece into a circle. Once you are done doing all your stitches and whip stitching around all of the sides you just take the two short ends and bring them together by whip stitching them together and hiding your yarn end in the back of the piece. The inside won't necessarily look nice, but that's not what people will be looking at anyway.
You can just set these aside for now once you have the petals and middle done.
Step 3: Creating the Stem and Leaf
For my leaf, I used my wire, which I cut to the length I wanted, and used some leftover plastic canvas. I just used a single row of the canvas at a random length, depending on what I had left over.
(Note: I made my leaf longer than my stem so it stuck up behind the petals, because Daffodil leaves seem to be long. Also, you can have multiple leaves and either add them all on the end or plan it out ahead of time and add them sporadically as you do the stem.)
I first tied a knot at the tip of the wire with the yarn, then I put the yarn over the top to try to hid the end of the wire. I used a basic knot, seen in the third picture, and just did it over and over again. I slipped the plastic canvas in in the beginning and just knotted over it. This gave the top of the leaf some thickness.
I continued along until I got near then end, I then cut the yarn leaving a bit of a tail that would be covered when it met with the stem. The knots automatically stacked on each other and gave it a twisty effect, which doesn't make it look realistic, but sure makes it interesting.
For the stem I did the same but didn't use the plastic canvas. When I got to a point near the end that was about the same about left bare on the leaf, I put the wires together and continued to knot over both wires and the leftover yarn from the leaf. When I got to the end of both, I just hid my excess yarn in the stem, as shown in picture four, and cut the excess.
Step 4: Connecting the Petals and Attaching the Stem
I connected the petals by first laying them out and seeing how they could fit together evenly. I lined up the petals in a circle and had them connect to each other at the bottom of the edge with three squares. I also tried to keep them so each petal was on top of one petal and beneath the other. It wasn't easy and hopefully you can understand what I mean from my description and pictures.
KEEP IN MIND: When I did it, I pulled them tight so that they would be concave where the middle piece would go in. So when they are connected and you put them in your hand, it is slightly bowllike. Gives it an even more 3D look. ALSO, try to follow your stitches when connecting pieces. I mostly went along the edge of whichever petal was on top so that it was securely together and I could just make the stitches just look like my whip stitches from around the petals.
There can be different ways to connect the stem and one of them is to stick it through the center of the three petals now and just sew it in with yellow yarn. I stuck it in and bent it and attempted to weave it in some of the stitches on the top of the flower (in the bowl). It can get messy with all the stitching, but the center will be covered once the center piece is sewn on.
Step 5: Attaching the Center
Simply line up the center so it is centered in the three petals. Sew along the bottom edge through the petals to secure it. It doesn't necessarily take a lot of stitches, you just need to make sure it won't come off. Also, make sure to stitch right where the center meets up with the petals. You don't want your stitches showing.
Step 6: Attaching the Outer Petals
So I attached the center and then went on to the outer petals. You can probably do it in either order, but I preferred this way since you only had to attach the center to the one set of petals instead of going through two.
Similar to when I put the first petals together, I lined them up before I started sewing. I had the outer petals stick out a bit further than the inner. Here, like with the other petals, I tried to follow my stitches from when I first did the petals so my attaching stitches didn't stand out so much.
Repeat until all the petals are on.
(Note on picture- I made two daffodils and experimented on how and when to put on the stem, that is why there is no stem in this picture.)
Step 7: DONE!
So, you have assembled your pieces, and attached them all together and now you have a finished project.
Nice job. And if you don't like how it looks, try again and do something different. You never know what you can get if you experiment.