Reading a Plastic Canvas Graph

"measure twice, cut once"

Almost every plastic canvas pattern requires that you follow graphs for at least some of the pieces. Graphs are almost never actual size, so don't be concerned if your cut pieces are larger or smaller than the graph. Unlike sewing patterns, graphs are not designed to be used at actual patterns for cutting canvas, but rather as counting, cutting and stitching guides. Count the holes on hte graph, mark your canvas to match, then cut.

In some patterns, placement lines will be shown on graph to help you place decorative stitched pieces. In other patterns, you will be directed to place items "as shown in photo." Use glue sparingly and try not to let the glue show thru your finished design.

Remember, the old carpenter's adage, "measure twice, cut once" is good advice for plastic canvas crafters.