Plastic Canvas Pirate Ship

**Please note: This is not a pattern of my own creation. I purchased this kit and pattern from Mary Maxim, a needle craft catalogue and online shop. I simply wanted to share with you the amazing craft that is plastic canvas.  Once again, this plastic canvas pirate ship is not of my own design.

This is a play set that contains, including the ship, about 18 finished pieces. Those 18 pieces are created from 215 (yes, I said two-hundred and fifteen) pieces of plastic canvas. It took me an entire 2 days just to cut all the pieces out.

This is an expert level project, and even I, who have been making plastic canvas projects for more than twenty years, was ready to pull my hair out at times. I spent 8 months working on this pirate ship. My finger pads were raw from pulling a needle through the canvas by the time I was done.

The finished ship stands 2 feet tall, 2 feet long, and about 6 inches wide. There is a handy storage area inside the ship that opens at the back. It is perfect for storing all the pirates, cannon, and treasure chests.


As I said before, this is a children’s play set so it is pretty sturdy. I originally got it for a pirate themed event I was participating in. It went to the event and was used as a centerpiece as well as a hiding spot for some hand carved stamps. This was back in September. I finished the project in August, but am only now posting this showcase, for lack of a better word, because after the event, this was given to my sister’s family as a Christmas present. She has 3 little boys and I didn’t want to spoil the surprise by posting this online too soon.

Below are more photos showing different angles of the ship and the pirates.

It will be a long time before I undertake another plastic canvas project this big! One thing it did for me was make all the small projects I do feel like a breeze.

2 thoughts on “Plastic Canvas Pirate Ship”

  1. Wow!!! That is amazing!!! Surprising sometimes what can be created with plastic canvas!!

    P.S. the Harry Potter bookmarks were a huge hit at Christmas:-)

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