My team and I have been on a bit of a cactus kick ever since we started brainstorming Cinco de Mayo crafts. We first shared our impossibly adorable crepe paper cactus plants and our paper cactus garland, perfect for summer parties and barbecues. Now we’re continuing this theme with our felt cactus pincushion!
There are so many reasons why I absolutely love this project. As you probably know, I love creating felt crafts. This project is also much easier than it looks, which is always a great quality for DIY projects! Best of all, this cactus pincushion project is multi-functional. Its main purpose is to be a pincushion for your sewing table, but it is also a fantastic piece of colorful home or office decor on its own. Love!
An Easy Felt Cactus Project for Sewing Lovers
To make our felt cactus pincushion, we used five colors of felt. You can choose any colors that will match your specific decor scheme, but make sure that you pick up felt for the pot, soil, cactus, flower, and flower center.
After you have your felt, download and print out the PDF template below. Cut out each piece of the template and use them as a guide for cutting your felt. Follow the step-by-step photo tutorial below as you sew your cactus pincushion together. Members can also reference the downloadable instructions for a more detailed description!
The trick is to stuff the cactus with as much poly-fil as possible to make the cactus firm. Cactus pincushions that we have seen in the past often have terra cotta pots, but we decided that we wanted to make our pot out of felt. Once we finished sewing the felt cactus together, we added sewing pins with yellow heads for a cute colorful accent!
This simple felt cactus pincushion is a great way to brighten up your sewing table, or a wonderful gift idea for a housewarming party or teacher appreciation. I would love to see the variations of this pincushion that you come up with, so feel free to share photos with me! Send them in to email@example.com, or tag me in your Instagram photos using #MadeWithLia. I can’t wait to see your fabulous creations and share them on my Facebook page! See you soon ~ Lia & team
- Wool Blend Felt — Mint, Pine, Bark Brown, Magenta, and Sunshine
- DMC Embroidery Floss — Light Bright Green (3851), Dark Emerald Green (3818), Dark Coffee Brown (938), Cranberry (600), and Deep Canary (972)
- Thin Cardboard
- Stuffie Puff (1-2 bags)
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When I upload to my cricut maker and hide the words it skews the whole design and isn’t compatible with the maker. Am I doing something wrong?
I just tried the file, looking at it first in our design software before re-uploading it into Design Space. It looks like there is a phantom shape in the teal pot layer. It is an offset diamond that is huge. This is not in our file so it is a Cricut quirk. You can hide that layer but I have uploaded a fresh file to see if that hopefully does not trigger this quirk again.
Instead of hot gluing the felt to felt, could you sew it? and does the base stay put without the pincushion tipping over?
Yes you can glue if you prefer! We haven’t had issues with the pincushion tipping over but you could add pebbles or dry beans or rice inside the bottom of the pot to weigh it down a bit.
Wonderful Guide, Thanks for sharing this information with us.
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Vous remerciant par avance,
Je vous souhaite une agréable journée.
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What kind of thread/yarn are you using?
We use embroidery floss for our felt projects. 🙂
I’m awaiting delivery on my Scan and cut I think this will be my first felt project I do so lovely.
How exciting! Let us know how it goes 🙂
This is adorable! I can’t wait to make these – they’d make a lovely desk companion for my coworkers and I!
Thank you! It sure does look adorable sitting here on Krista’s desk 🙂
It is a great idea. I love it, unfortunately my cactus have died of moisture from my home, and now I have a chance to make them as beautiful as yours.
I do not think I’ll use as pincushions, but I’ll put to decorate my shelves. Many thanks!!!!
God bless you much
You’re so welcome! 🙂
so cute! I must give this a try!
Cactus pincusion really great.
The cactus pincushion is the cutest idea I’m seen in a long time. It would make adorable party favors that people could use. I can see these as a cute thank you gift for a lunch date.
Party favors is such a fun idea! 🙂