This fantastic Cacti themed embroidery project will breath new life into your cushions and bring a modern and chic look to your room.

Stitch is packed with a whole range of quirky, modern and beautiful embroidery projects, so the fabulous team at GMC have shared this cacti cushion embroidery tutorial in order to get us crafters in the mood for some stitching. Add an exciting twist to you cushions with this simple French knot technique.

You will need

  • Large sheet of tissue paper
  • Blue coloured pencil  
  • Cushion cover
  • Large embroidery hoop (size dependent on cushion)
  • Pins Embroidery needle, size 10
  • Embroidery scissors
  • Machine thread in pale blue
  • Tweezers (optional)
  • Tapestry needle, size 22–24
  • Chenille needle, size 24
  • Tapestry wool in yellow, orange, pink,  lilac and pale blue
  • Iron
  • Small embroidery hoop, measuring 6in (15cm)

Step 1

Start by tracing the Cacti template  onto a large sheet of tissue paper  using a blue coloured pencil (blue is  a colour that will not show up if it  is accidentally transferred onto the  cushion cover).


Step 2

Take the cushion cover and place a  large embroidery hoop over the main  area you will be working. Pin the tissue  paper into place, making sure your  pins are clean.


Step 3

Thread the embroidery needle with  a length of pale-blue machine cotton.  Starting in the middle of the design,  begin a large running stitch.

NOTE: Do not secure your thread too  tightly to start, as it will be removed  at the end of the