Cactus Pincushion: Free Printable Templates
Here’s a prickly project to get stuck into (or at least stick a few pins into..!) if you’re looking for a cute way to dress up your craft table! This trendy cactus pincushion provides the perfect combination of stylish desktop decor and craft room functionality. Now you can create a handy place to keep pins and needles accessible, that’s awesome awesome to look at! Check out Becky’s Cole step-by-step tutorial below, download your free cactus pincushion templates, and get crafting!
Time to Make: 1 hour
Skill Level: Beginner
You Will Need:
- Printable template
- Coloured felt
- Toy stuffing
- Sewing machine
- Sewing thread
- Hand sewing needle
- Embroidery scissors and pinking shears
- Tape measure
- Glue gun & glue sticks
- 4 black headed straight pins
- Small terracotta pot
- Length of decorative ribbon
Cut 6 of the cactus template shapes from the green felt using pinking shears.
Pair up the felt shapes together and sew a narrow seam around the pinked edges, leaving the bottoms open. Make sure you secure the start and ends with some reverse stitches for strength.
Place all three stitched pairs on top of each other, and sew a line of machine stitching straight down the centre through all 6 layers of felt. Make sure you secure the start and end with some reverse stitches for strength.
Turn the cactus upside down and stuff each of the 6 pockets nice and tightly with toy stuffing. Make sure the sections sit nice and firm and plump.
Using some thread and a needle, stitch up the bottoms of each section with a simple whip stitch. You don’t need to worry about this part being too neat, as it won’t be seen.
Cut out 4 large flowers from the orange felt and 4 small flowers from the yellow felt.
Fix an orange flower to the centre top of the cactus with some hot glue and the other 3 orange flowers around the sides of the cactus. Using hot glue, stick the yellow flowers on top of each of the orange ones. Push a black headed pin into the centre of each of the flowers.
Apply a layer of hot glue around the inside edge of the terracotta pot and place your cactus inside. Add some extra dabs of glue at the points where the cactus touches the sides of the pot, if you want to add more strength.
Cut your decorative ribbon to fit around the circumference of the top of the pot and allow a small overlap. Place a small dab of hot glue, and stick one end of the ribbon to it. Pass the ribbon around the top of the pot and fix with some more hot glue, overlapping the ends.
Now your cactus pincushion is complete! It’s time to add the pins and needles that give it that prickly finish… and make it the perfect sewing table companion!
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