A while back my husband showed me a pair of jeans on the Barney’s New York website that, as a design detail, had white paint splattered all willy-nilly on them. They were two thousand dollars. It was at that moment that I realized that all bets were off; anything goes! Craft mediums and high fashion are at a crossroads and apparently, hitching a ride together. It’s in that spirit that I bring you today’s project post in which I put Prada in plastic canvas, and do so gleefully.
This Plastic Canvas Sunglass Case project comes to you courtesy of the folks over at SmartBuyGlasses.com who offer designer brand eyewear quickly and more affordable than most. Nab your pair, then come back to me to stitch a sleeve for your new sunnies!
Plastic Canvas Sunglass Case
1 Sheet, black plastic canvas
Scraps of chunky yarn in colors A & B (Bonus points for coordinating your palette with your specs!)
Badass pair of Prada sunglasses from SmartBuyGlasses
- Cut plastic canvas so it’s 46 squares wide x 47 squares high (The numbers are only important if you’re following my exact stitch pattern. Otherwise, you do you. The piece should be around a 7″ square. Unless, of course, you’re making a sleeve for Iris Apfel’s magnificent specs in which case I highly recommend measuring first.)
OPTIONAL: Cut a little stair-step detail out of the top corner of the piece. I cut over 2-3 squares, and up 3-4 squares for each stair step. Again, add your own flair. Or borrow mine. Either is great.
- Using Color A yarn and the tapestry needle, start at the bottom-left corner and make a straight stitch covering 4 squares total, vertically. Repeat once more, in the parallel squares.
Following the photo below, continue with the straight stitch, but starting 1 stitch higher every 2 stitches until you get to the peak of the zig-zag formation, then 1 square lower (every 2 stitches) to descend.
- Repeat the last step until you have 5 zig-zag stripes, or until you’re satisfied with the design.
- Using Color B yarn, stitch a straight row of vertical stitches across the top of the piece.
- Finish by folding the piece in half and whip-stitching through both widths of plastic canvas, and around any exposed edges. Weave in ends.