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See-Through Containers from Needlepoint Canvas

Magazine article Sunset

See-Through Containers from Needlepoint Canvas

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See-through containers from needlepoint canvas

Simple stitchery lets you form see-through gift boxes from inexpensive plastic needlepoint canvas. The boxes make durable containers for toys, toiletries, jewelry, sewing supplies, or sachets. If adults cut out the canvas shapes, even young children can safely stitch boxes together, using a ball-point yarn needle.

The translucent plastic screening is available by the yard or in packages of pre-cut circles or squares at needlecraft stores and some sewing or yarn shops. Buy #7 or, preferably, #10 plastic needlepoint canvas; it costs about $8 a square yard. You'll also need scrap paper or cardboard to make templates for cutting out box sections, a soft-leaded pencil, scissors, yarn in several colors, and a yarn needle.

Start by cutting out cardboard or paper templates, if necessary. Place the templates on the canvas, sligning straight edges with canvas grid where possible. Trace around them with a soft pencil, and cut along your markings. Trim protruding plastic stubs off rectangular shapes. Holding the appropriate edges of the canvas pieces together, satin-stitch them with yarn, as shown on page 114. …

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