crochet cactus pin cushion


you will need:

for the cactus stem and arm

for the base

for the flower

or for the alternative / realistic flower option:

techniques / stitches used:

All crochet terms and abbreviations are as defined by the Craft Yarn Council. American names for stitches are used so be aware of that if you’re used to another system.

cactus stem

cactus arm


alternative / realistic flower



cut a rough circle of brown fabric 2 to 3 diameters larger than your pot and loosely sew all around the edge:

pull on the two ends of thread to gather the fabric into a pouch, loosely stuff, pull the thread tightly and sew through a few times to secure. (important! only fill the base ~75% with your heavy stuffing material. it should be like a tiny bean bag. The extra space allows the base to be molded so the cactus can be free standing and does not tip over).

decorate your plant pot in any way you choose:

Sew together all the components, covering the base open end with the cactus stem, place into the plant pot and stick with pins. The flexible base allows the cactus to be free standing or sit in the pot and act as a lid – you can fill the pot with other sewing bits and bobs such as safety pins, a tape measure, etc.

Copyright & Legal Stuff: I’m happy for you to sell items you make from this pattern but the images and words are mine – I worked hard writing & testing & photographing so don’t copy or distribute any part of this pattern. If you want to share it then link to this page. Thanks & happy crocheting