Cute Cuddly Cactus Pin Cushion
I live in a desert climate. I have for most of my life. I love the warmth, and the sunshine. There are some things that people naturally associate with deserts. Cactus is one of them. They are so pretty to look at. We just had to tear a big one out of our front yard recently though. We have bunches of school kids that walk through our yard on their way home and I was always worried one of them would fall in the cactus and get hurt. It was sick and dying anyway so it just had to go. I do miss how pretty it looked when it was blooming.
I’ve been wanting a new pin cushion for my sewing desk for awhile now. I have just been using one of those little red tomato pin cushions that come with every sewing set pretty much. It’s functional, but not cute by any means. I decided that a cute cuddly cactus pin cushion would be perfect! I drew up a template, and just started going. This is what came out of it and I love it!
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Here’s what you’ll need to make your own adorable Cute Cuddly Cactus pin cushion:
- Green fabric (1/2 yard will be plenty)
- polyester fiber/batting
- needle and thread plus a sewing machine
- small plant pot
- brown felt
- hot glue
- white paint
- Cactus pattern
cactus pin cushion printable template (Printable PDF file, free for your personal use)
I made two types of Cacti for my cute cuddly pin cushion. A saguaro cactus, and a ball cactus. They look like this:
To make the Saguaro part first trace the pattern provided for you above onto your fabric. You’ll need two pieces. Place your fabric with the right sides together and draw the cactus shape on the wrong side. Cut it out and sew around the edges with a basic straight stitch. Leave the bottom open.
Turn the cactus right side out, and fill with polyfill fiber. Sew the bottom shut.
To make the ball cactus cut a circle in your fabric. My large fabric circle was 10″ in diameter. Using a needle and thread, sew around the edge of the circle loosely. When you reach the end, pull the string tight to close the circle up into a ball. Before you pull it all the way, fill the circle with polyfill fiber. Knot the string when the ball has been pulled tight.
I used several smaller circles and repeated with those as well to make a few different sized ball cacti.
Now to make the pot cute! I used a chalky finish paint dry brushed onto the pot unevenly.
Then I glued a scrap of fabric around the top rim.
Fill the pot with polyfill add your cacti and secure with hot glue where needed. Lay some brown felt around the base to cover the polyfill and you’re all done! I added a few cute chenille stem flowers to my cactus for cuteness.
Stick your needles in and look how cute!
Be sure to pin it if you love it.
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