There are times when you just need a bit of ‘cuteness’ around your workstation. In this case a cactus pin cushion around your sewing desk. I love these, they are so simple to make and because of this why not have a go at them all You can never have enough pin cushions, which is why these caught my attention. Take a look, they are irresistible!
For your first cactus (kind of like a low-to-the-ground barrel cactus), cut a circle of wool felt about double the width you want your final cactus to be. Use a yarn needle and embroidery thread to sew all the way around the outer edge of the circle. Pull the thread tight to create a rounded pouch and stuff the pouch with some stuffing. Once you have it stuffed to your desired fullness, knot the thread to secure. Thread a long thread into your needle, knot the end, and come up through the middle of your puffy circle out through the top. Go around and down the sides and go back up through the middle again to create one of your sections. Keep repeating this motion, staggering the placement as you go until you have 8 evenly spaced sections. You’ll end up with your needle having just come up through the top to create your last section, so just go right back down again through the middle to knot your thread on the bottom out of sight.
For this prickly pear type shape, make a quick sketch of the shape and size cactus you want on a piece of paper (remember to keep your openings big enough to stuff some stuffing through later). Cut out two layers of wool felt with the pattern and use your sewing machine (or sew by hand) all the way around your shape. Leaving the bottom open. Use a wooden skewer or crochet needle to push stuffing up into all the different compartments. You can also add some wires or pipe cleaners into the different branches if you want this cactus to be posed in different ways.
For this extra 3D cactus look, make a rounded dome paper template that is a little bigger than you want your final cactus to be. You can use this technique to make a much taller cactus or a short and squatty one, so just resize the paper accordingly. Use the paper template to cut three sets of your dome shape from your wool felt. Sew all the way around the edge of each of the dome sets leaving the bottoms open. Stack the three sets on top of each other and sew a line down the middle of the fabric, sewing all the sets together. Stuff each section with the desired amount of stuffing until your cactus takes shape.
Now that we have our cactus bodies, use a needle and thread to secure the bottom of the cactus onto the brown wool felt that you’ll use as the cactus dirt. Depending on the shape of your cactus, you may be able to get away with using fabric glue for this part instead of sewing (like for the rounded ball cactus). If your cactus is properly stuffed, you shouldn’t have a problem with it standing up properly once sewn onto the wool bottom.
Cut a piece of floral foam with a bread knife or hand saw to fit into your tapered pot, use a hot glue gun to attach your cactus to the middle of the foam piece, and trim the wool to fit the foam circle. Glue the sides of the foam and press the cactus down into your pot to secure.
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These pin cushions are simply the best I think you will agree? Yes they make a wonderful gift idea too! The author says that she would be happy to have these dotted around her workstation, I tend to agree…cuteness rules! On the next page I have featured another idea, go take a look!