If you know us here at Homemaker, you’ll know we love anything cactus related. So when Chloe Hailwood’s vibrant wall hanging arrived in the office we couldn’t believe our eyes. This applique design has such lovely intricate detailing to make it really stand out as a succulent. Best of all, it’s ever-so-easy and perfect for sewing beginners.
- Yellow felt, 42cm x 70cm, from fabricland.uk
- Turquoise felt, 16cm x 22cm
- Green cotton fabric, from plushaddict.co.uk
- Sewing thread, yellow and turquoise
- Embroidery threads in navy and orange
- Dowel rod, 60cm
- Emulsion paintbrush
Fold the yellow felt in half lengthways, measure 15cm from one short edge up along the crease and make a small mark. Draw a line diagonally from this to the bottom open edge. Cut along, through both layers of felt, and open out to reveal a swallowtail flag shape.
Use the pot template on the turquoise felt and cut. Fold the top down to create the rim, and invisible running stitch this to the pot. Be careful not to come far up through the felt and to keep the stitches hidden.
Press the interfacing to the reverse of the green cotton before marking the three cactus templates on the back. Cut out the pieces, peel off the paper backing and arrange with the pot on the front of the yellow felt. Position the pot in the middle and lay the cactus’ behind. Gently press them into place using a cloth between the iron and fabrics to prevent scorch marks. Pin the pot in place, then use invisible running stitches to secure to the yellow.
Separate three strands from a length of embroidery thread and embroider the spines and spikes using a basic couching stitch. Bring the thread through to the front, at the top of a cactus, and sew down a long running stitch. Bring the needle back up through the felt, around the middle of the running stitch and catch it in a little loop. Keep making these long running stitches, using the small loops to create a curve. Keep 1cm gaps between them to embroider crosses for the spikes.
Paint the dowel rod and leave to dry fully. Fold the top of the yellow felt down 6cm and invisible slip stitch in place, keeping the stitches on the reverse. Thread the dowel through the channel and tie ribbon to each end for hanging.