The cactus pincushion is a favorite in the shop. Yes, it can be used as a pincushion, but it can also be used as quirky decor. It is a conversation piece, for sure. Here is how you can make one at home.
–Pattern (Set printer to print actual size/no scaling or fitting to page)
-1 sheet of green craft felt
-1 4 inch square of brown felt
-Coordinating embroidery floss
-Small terra-cotta pot (3.25 in diameter)
Step 1: Using pattern, cut 6 pieces of cactus from the green felt and 1 circle from the brown felt.
Step 2: Line up two pieces of cactus and sew around sides and top using a blanket stitch. Repeat for remaining pieces of cactus. You should end up with 3 cactus parts.
Step 3: Line up 3 pieces of cactus and sew them together down the middle from top to bottom. You can sew by hand or with a machine.
Step 4: Stuff that cactus. There will be 6 sections of the cactus to stuff.
Step 5: Center the stuffed cactus on the felt circle. Using a whip stitch, sew the cactus to the circle around the base of the cactus.
Step 6: Using your serrated knife, cut the foam around the edges until it fits snuggly in the flower pot.
Step 7: Hot glue the bottom of the cactus to the top of the floral foam and then hot glue the foam into the flower pot.