Stitching up little projects is such a fun way to relax and unwind! Today, I’ve teamed up with my friends at DMC and some blogging friends for a fun blog hop, and in honor of the event, I’m sharing a sweet cactus embroidery pattern that is adorable and oh-so-easy. (And did I mention you can download the pattern for FREE?) Continue reading to check out the free embroidery pattern and step-by-step tutorial for this cactus embroidery project, as well as details for some fabulous new stitchable cork fabric from DMC that has me totally smitten!
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Cactus Embroidery Supplies
Cactus Embroidery Pattern Pieces (clink link for the free download)
- DMC Stitchable Cork Fabric
- DMC Floss (assorted colors)
- DMC Embroidery Needles
- 6-Inch Embroidery Hoop
- Wool Felt (assorted colors)
- Fine-Point Sharpie Marker
- Optional: White Acrylic Craft Paint, Pom-Pom Trim, Hot Glue (for finishing)
Stretch the cork fabric inside the embroidery hoop, and set the piece aside. This fabric is so fun to work with! On the front side is a layer of natural cork, with a backing of polyester. I love the texture it instantly gives to projects!
Helpful Tip: This fabric is a bit stiffer than other embroidery fabrics, so stretching it in the hoop requires a bit of patience to make sure it is nice and taut.
Download and print the pattern pieces, and carefully cut out each piece.
Use the fine-point Sharpie to trace around each pattern piece onto its respective felt color. For my project, I used the following colors: green (for the cactus pieces), fuchsia (for the flower pieces), blue (for the lower pot), yellow (for the pot rim), light pink (for the cheeks), and white (for the conversation bubble). Use shears to cut out each piece.
Now, the fun part: stitching!
Referring to the number order on the pattern pieces, stitch the design together in the following order:
1 – Use 2 strands of floss to affix the lower pot piece (piece 1) to the bottom center of the hoop using a whipstitch.
For a whipstitch, insert the needle from back to front through all layers. Then, insert the needle from front to back directly opposite the point where the needle emerged before, so that the stitch falls just outside the edge of the felt piece. Continue in this manner around the entire perimeter of the felt piece.
2 – Align the pot rim piece (piece 2) along the top edge of the lower pot. Use 2 strands of floss to affix it in place with a whipstitch.
3 – If desired, use 6 strands of floss to form a zig-zag of backstitching along the pot rim.
4 – Arrange the cactus pieces (pieces 3, 4, and 5) as indicated in the finished project photos. Using 2 strands of floss, secure them in place with a whipstitch. Using the finished project photos as a guide, draw on the design details (eyes, mouth, etc.) using the fine-point Sharpie. Use 2 strands of floss to outline the detailing with a backstitch.
5 – Use 2 strands of floss to affix the circle cheek pieces (piece 6) along either side of the mouth detailing using a whipstitch.
6 – Using 3 strands of floss, apply cactus needles throughout the design with a whipstitch as shown in the finished project photo.
7 – Using 2 strands of floss and a whipstitch, affix the flower pieces (pieces 7 and 8) to the design as shown in the finished project photo. If desired, use 6 strands of contrasting floss to add detailing to the center of each flower.
8 – Use the fine-point Sharpie to write a desired message/saying onto the speech bubble (piece 9). Align the speech bubble as desired to the left of the stitched cactus design, and use a whipstitch and 2 strands of floss to secure it in place. Outline the wording on the bubble with a backstitch and 2 strands of floss.
9 – (Optional) Unhoop the project, and paint the outside and top of the outer ring with the acrylic paint. When the paint is dry, re-hoop the design. Trim away all but 1/2″ of the cork fabric around the perimeter of the piece. Fold back the excess fabric and secure it to the back side of the inner hoop with hot glue. Finish by affixing a section of pom-pom trim around the perimeter of the piece with hot glue.
Your cactus embroidery project is complete!
Isn’t she adorable??
The cork fabric here is so perfect for this “rustic” cactus design, and the neutral backdrop has such a fabulous way of making bright colors really pop!
Check out even more fun ideas for using the cork fabric by checking out the video below!
WIN $50 of goodies from DMC: the cork fabric used here, and the fun mesh and cuffs my fellow blog hop friends have showcased in their projects PLUS floss and accessories! YAY!
All you have to do is leave a comment on this post to enter, telling me what you will make if you win!
A winner will be selected at random on August 4th.
PSSST — All of my amazing friends taking part in this bloghop are giving away prize packages, too, so be sure to pay them all a visit to increase your chances of winning!
Here is the lineup for this week to make it easy to hop around!
Tuesday July 25:
Positively Splendid – Cork Project
U Create – Mesh Project
Little Dear Tracks – Cuff Project
Wednesday July 26:
The Scrap Shoppe – Cork Project
Cutesy Crafts – Mesh Project
Random Acts of Amy – Cuff Project
Thursday July 27:
Lova Revolution – Cork Project
The Pretty Life Girls – Mesh Project
Wild Olive – Cuff Project