Plastic Canvas Cross Craft

April 2, 2007

This is a simple craft for Easter using only plastic canvas and ribbon.

Materials and Tools:


    First you should cut a pattern, start with a rectangle that is 21 squares by 17. Find the center on top edge, leave center square uncut. Cut diagonally until you reach side. You now have a start to the top of the cross. Cross points should go, 1 square/3 square/5 square and then switch to strips of squares, that meet in center.

  1. OK, hopefully you were able to cut a pattern from my instructions. Once you have pattern you can hold it up against more canvas to cut more out easily.
  2. Cut a piece of 1/8 inch ribbon that is 4 or 5 feet long. Knot one end, and seal the other end with a lighter (angle cut edge is best), this will make a built in needle. Put through very center of cross.
  3. Start to "sew" from bottom right of cross, through square and around back, up through the top left of cross. You will continue to go to opposite sides in a "loop" fashion (this is so back and front of cross are visually pleasing). Once you finish vertical part of cross, bring to center: loop around and start to do the same thing to horizontal cross arms. When you are finished, wrap to the center, and either knot or run through top center square and use as a bookmark.
  4. ribbon easter cross

This may be confusing, but once you start making it everything will start making sense. Write if you need more help.

By Starchild in VT from Lamoille County, VT

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I do alot of plastic canvas and I am always looking for new patterns. This is adorable and with easter coming up and all the readers in my family, I think this will make wonderful easter gifts. Thanks for the pictures, they are very helpful.

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November 1, 2006

This is a cute little reminder that anyone can carry. It is simple enough for children, but also interesting enough for grown-ups. It should take between 30 and 60 minutes to complete.

Plastic canvas cross project.

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November 2, 2010

I have a question about plastic canvas cross bookmarks. I used to be able to find the crosses already cut out in this shape. The edges are so much neater on the purchased ones. Where can I find them?


By Bob from Richmond, VA


November 3, 20101 found this helpful

I purchase mine at Wal-mart & Hobby Lobby.

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November 3, 20101 found this helpful
This link will take you to the Google site. I just typed in "plastic canvas crosses". Sometimes, especially when time if of the essence, Google is a faster way to go. Good luck!

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November 4, 20101 found this helpful

Hi Bob, the crosses you are referring to, you can get through I get their magazines all the time and have seen them there. Hope that helps!

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December 8, 20100 found this helpful

Have you checked at JoAnn Fabric? They used to carry them but I haven't checked lately?

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May 14, 20210 found this helpful

I just tried & typed in plastic canvas cross pattern. Nothing came up.

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May 15, 20210 found this helpful

This comment was posted over 10 years ago so the information must be outdated. You could submit a new question to our current members and they may be able to provide advice as to where to find those patterns.


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April 4, 2008

I picked up this plastic canvas cross at a yard sale or thrift store and I can't find a pattern anywhere on how to make it. Does anyone have a pattern for this or know where I can get one?

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