Cactus Pincushion DIY

Adorable! cactus pincushion DIY (click through for tutorial) In my world, cute is king. I am totally one of those suckers that will pay extra or spend more time making something that is a cuter version of an everyday object. I’ve been in love with a few cactus pincushions I’ve seen online, and while I wanted to make one for myself, I couldn’t just choose one type to make! Solution? Make them all! This way you can pick your favorite and make just one, or make a few different types and have your own cactus garden for all your pincushion needs. Thankfully they are so easy to make, you really don’t have to choose just one!

Adorable! cactus pincushion DIY (click through for tutorial)This is pretty much the perfect project to team up with our good friends and go-to craft store, JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores. Here are the supplies:

-assorted colors of felt
fabric scissors
-terra cotta pot

floral foam cone
hot glue gun
pillow stuffing
embroidery floss
yarn needle

Adorable! cactus pincushion DIY (click through for tutorial) 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.

Adorable! cactus pincushion DIY (click through for tutorial) Adorable! cactus pincushion DIY (click through for tutorial) Adorable! cactus pincushion DIY (click through for tutorial) 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.

Adorable! cactus pincushion DIY (click through for tutorial) 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.

Adorable! cactus pincushion DIY (click through for tutorial) 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.

Adorable! cactus pincushion DIY (click through for tutorial) Adorable! cactus pincushion DIY (click through for tutorial) 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.

If you want to add a little more detail, you can use more embroidery floss to make knots and cut off the ends for a needle detail or use some colored felt to glue little flowers on top as well. Stick some pins in your new pincushion because this cactus is done!

Adorable! cactus pincushion DIY (click through for tutorial) Adorable! cactus pincushion DIY (click through for tutorial) Adorable! cactus pincushion DIY (click through for tutorial) Aren’t they just adorable?? I mean, I love a cute accessory for any type of crafting, but I know that having one of these sitting on my sewing desk is going to make me smile every time I see it. I was also thinking these would be great to give out as little favors if you ever had a sewing-themed party or crafting night event since they are so easy to make. I don’t know about you, but I think I would be a pretty happy party goer if someone “stuck” me with one of these…xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

  • I just love these! They are so cute. My pincushion is a classic tomato one that I’ve been using for years, so I am definitely going to upgrade now! Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

  • So cute! And will probably last a lot longer than my real cactuses :/

  • These are adorable. Perfect for the summer sewist and craft room.

  • This is so cute! Love this idea!
    Abbie E.

  • I love this! Such a cute idea. I want to make one for myself, but they would make darling gifts. Kay

  • This is such a cute idea, thank you thank you!

    Love & Light

  • These are so cute, definitely adding it to my to do list. Thanks for sharing.

  • An old trick from doll making is to sew inside the outline of the little cactus first and then cut it out instead of trying to sew those difficult seams while it’s flopping around under your needle.

  • the best plants for me!
    you never have much work with this one!

  • Oh my goodness! This may have to be my last project before I go back to school, adorable!

  • This is LITERALLY one of the cutest things I have ever seen. It just works on so many levels. It’s like a 3-D pun. I love it.

  • I’d vote this your cutest DIY to date!!

    An amazing idea – pretty straight forward and looks so effective. Never mind pin cushions I’m going to have to start making these as gifts for friends : )

  • Adorable project and a great way to integrate a sponsorship into a blog without being off-putting or heavy-handed. Yes, these things are important to me! 🙂

  • These are amazing and so cute! I’ll definitely be making these soon.

  • wow, that’s a very cute idea and have to do all of them. ;D

    xO Karolin

  • This is such an amazing idea :)) And decorative at the same time. xo Sophia

  • This is just the cutest DIY ever and I love the fact that there is no way for these little guys to die, since I am terrible with plants, even cacti!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

  • This is so adorable! I could probably use this in the place of succulents… Nah who am I kidding. I’ll have both 😀 Thanks for this DIY! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • I think the pots could be used to store some other sewing tools. <3 the idea 🙂

  • Oh gosh, now this is a really adorable project. I like the variety of cacti you included. :]

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  • Aww! Too cute!! Great decor and sewing idea, we love it! It even looks easy when you do it! We are going to have to try it 🙂 Thanks for sharing pretty!

    Lots of love,

    Mr Wonderful

  • This is perfection! I adore cactus DIYs lately, and this might be my newest favourite!

  • I love the Idea!! I will make them soon for my sewing office!! 🙂 Thank you!!!

  • This may just be my MOST favorite DIY of all time, definitely my favorite out of all the JoAnn partnered projects. I can’t wait to try this. 🙂

  • My little sister would love this. I feel a Christmas present coming on!

  • Well, they do look adorable and I love the details like the flowers and the cactus dirt at the bottom!! And they don’t look like they’re too hard to make.. I hope!

  • Oh my gosh! I just received my August Real Simple magazine and was shocked to see your Habitat house! So exciting. I am in love with all of it! Can’t wait to hear more….

  • This is amazing! I currently have pins all over my floor – would be a lot less lethal if I made this!

  • My sister loves sewing and cacti – this looks like a perfect birthday gift – thanks for posting!

    Steph –

  • Teehee, I’ve made one of these! It was my first project I did when I got a sewing machine about 6 years ago. Only mines got a shocked face as well lol.

  • Those are so cute it’s not even funny! Plus, I love cacti 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  • OMG it’s the cutest thing of my day!
    And I definitely can’t choose one too! I need all them!

    Tks Laura 🙂

  • This is such a great idea! Perfect for the cactus lover and sewing lover in your life!
    Unique Geek

  • AAAAAAA! I love these! You read my mind. I need one of these so bad!

  • Hi Jessica! Yay! We are so excited about the RS issue. We will be posting about that soon! 🙂 -Jacki

  • Sorry for the off-topic comment, but I wasn’t sure where to ask: I see your article in Real Simple (yay!) and am now super curious as to why HFH is selling the house on the regular housing market, rather than donating it to a family, as was expected. Are you guys going to have a post about this? Thanks!

  • So adorable! You always create such cute things.

    – Kaitlyn |

  • You’re right, I don’t think there is anything cuter! I must make this right away. And so clever, too. Thanks for sharing ladies! 🙂

    • I’m going to make the barrel one and put it in my gf’s unused tiny bulbasaur planter and see how long it takes her to notice!!!

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