How to sew an awesome cactus pillow

Sewing Patterns, Summer Crafts

Cactus-themed décor has been gaining popularity, and cactus pillows have become a delightful addition to any home or living space. If you’re looking to add a touch of desert charm to your interior, why not make your own cactus pillow? In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the steps to make your own cactus pillow and explore various creative variations. So, let’s get crafting and discover the versatility of cactus pillows!

Materials You’ll Need

  • Green fabric (cotton or felt work well)
  • White or cream-colored fabric (for flower accents, optional)
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Stuffing material (polyester fiberfill or foam)
  • Fabric glue (optional, for embellishments)
  • Marking tool (chalk or fabric marker)

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Make Your Own

  1. Design Your Cactus Pattern

Begin by sketching a cactus pattern on a piece of paper. Keep it simple with a classic cactus shape, or get creative with different cactus species like saguaro, prickly pear, or barrel cacti. Ensure your design is proportionate and appealing, as this will help improve your SEO ranking for the term ‘cactus pillow.’

  1. Cut the Fabric

Using your cactus pattern, cut two identical cactus shapes from the green fabric. For a more visually interesting pillow, experiment with patterned or textured fabrics. Additionally, cut small flower shapes from the white or cream-colored fabric if you plan to add flower accents.

  1. Sew the Pieces Together

Place the two cactus-shaped fabric pieces together, with the right sides facing inward. Pin them together along the edges. Use your sewing machine or hand-sew the pieces, leaving a small opening to insert the stuffing.

  1. Add the Stuffing

Turn the fabric right side out through the opening and gently push out the edges to ensure a well-defined cactus shape. Carefully stuff the pillow with your chosen filling material. Adjust the stuffing to achieve your desired firmness.

  1. Close the Opening

Once your cactus pillow is adequately stuffed, neatly sew the opening shut. Be sure to secure it properly to avoid any stuffing leakage. Your cactus pillow base is now complete!

Make your own Cactus Pillow – Variations and Ideas


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DIY cactus pillow - step-by-step howto instructions

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Mini Cactus Pillow Set

Instead of crafting one large cactus pillow, make a set of mini cactus pillows in different shapes, colors and sizes.

Arrange them together on a couch or bed for a charming display that adds character to your living space.

Tip: Use our pincushion patterns below to make a cactus pillow like this.


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cactus pillow with embroidery

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Cactus Pillow with Embroidered Details

Enhance your cactus pillow with embroidered accents. Consider stitching on spines, flowers, or any other creative designs using colorful embroidery thread.

Just size up any of the succulent or cactus pillow designs and use a simple stitch to contour and highlight each shape.

Related useful patterns and craft tips:


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cactus pillow 3

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Pompom-powered Cactus Pillow

To create a blooming cactus, add fabric pompoms to your pillow. Using fabric glue or sewing, attach the white or cream-colored flower shapes to the cactus surface. This adorable addition will make your pillow pop with color and personality.


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cactus pillow

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3D Cactus, or Succulent really

Take your DIY cactus pillow to the next level by making it a three-dimensional succulent! You’ll have to cut and sew multiple cactus segment sizes and attach them together as you go around, leaving small openings between each segment.

This design creates a cute, multi-layered succulent cactus that stands out! Make 1 or make 3. Or, if that sounds like too much work, you can simply purchase a couple.

Other DIY Cactus Patterns

DIY Cactus Pin Cushion (/ jewelry display)

Simply upsize any cactus pincushion pattern or use the one available free here:

DYI cactus jewelry display

Cactus Pattern for unique egg warmers or decorative accessories

Over to you

Crafting your own cactus pillow is a delightful way to embrace the trending desert-inspired decor, and be creative! By following our step-by-step guide and exploring the various design variations, I’m sure you can create a charming DIY cactus pillow. So, what’s stopping you? Gather your materials, get crafty, and enjoy making a personalized cactus pillow that adds a touch of nature and style to your home!

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