I love playing games. It doesn’t really matter what it is but I’ll enjoy it. My whole family is competitive so when Holden got a bow and arrow for Christmas one year my dad gave us all a crash course with it in my sister’s side yard and we proceeded to have a competition. And we had only just learned!
From board games to card games to tournaments with a bb gun or bow and arrow, we’ve done it all, it seems. But the last time I played cards my dominant hand began to cramp up and hurt. You see I injured myself some time ago and grip can be difficult and holding my hand in the same position for ages gets painful fairly quickly. So when I saw these playing card holders I knew they were just right for me. I just wish I had these while my card playing Poppa (and card cheating Poppa!) was around because I’m sure he would have loved one!
For this project you will need:
- Canvas playing card holder
- Yarn – I’m using one variegated and one solid from the variegated color scheme
- Plastic canvas needles
These things are not easy to come by but, luckily, you can get them at Amazon here.
And in case you’re ever wondering, yes, sometimes I do have candy in my hand I’m snacking on as I take pics for tutorials :)
Thread your needle with your solid yarn and be sure to hold on to the tail as you start and stitch around it securing it.
Begin stitching the outer edge with your solid color on the diagonal.
And if you need to start a new piece of yarn, run the needle through the backside of the work to secure the end and then snip off the excess.
Continue your solid color up the hump (this is like two circles, the smaller, middle one is raised from the larger back circle).
Because of the nature of the circles getting smaller, every other stitch you’ll need to do 2 stitches into the same hole up top. Can you tell that’s what is happening in the pic?
Here you can see a bit better that the center is raised…
Take your variegated yarn and go around the center making 2 stitches that are 4 spaces high and then 2 stitches that are 3 spaces high all the way around
Begin stitching your variegated yarn along the outer edge making this stitch one shorter than the solid stitch behind it (my variegated is 3 spaces long where the solid is 4).
Back stitch with the solid color around circles to help cover the plastic canvas.
Stitch around the other edge, 2 stitches per opening, to cover the outside edge.
Fill in the center with your solid color, all but the very inner section as seen above.
Make 2 matching circles per set and place together.
Stitch an X a few times in the middle to hold the pieces together and that’s it!
These plastic canvase playing card helpers are simple, pretty and lots of fun to make, plus it makes a good travelling or waiting room craft because it’s easily portable. Anyone up for a game of cards? :)