Vintage Crafts- Cactus Pin Cushion


4-DSC_3098Hi guys! I am back with another vintage craft to share with you all today! This one comes from a vintage 1954 August issue of The Workbasket Magazine. There was a pattern for a cactus pin cushion made from felt. I thought it was so cute, I just had to give it a try!

Here’s the original how-to:


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pattern copy


3-DSC_3101I had a blast making this little pin cushion! It was really pretty easy. You don’t even need a sewing machine, everything is sewn by hand. I used a gingham fabric scrap for the pot portion instead of the felt like in the original, and I used a cereal box for the cardboard piece. Other than that everything else is by the original way. I think it looks super cute with or without the little pins. It was super fun to make and really inexpensive. I think it would make a great little gift for a craft friend! I hope you all will give this one a try sometime! I’ll be back soon with another vintage craft. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

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12 Responses

  1. Oh my gosh, I used to have a collection of years of the Workbasket!! I sadly lost track of them in one of my many moves. I love this little pincushion, and am going to make one (or more)! Thanks so much!

  2. Barbara


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  4. How cute is that!! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later today that links to your tutorial: –Anne

  5. This is so cute, i’m book marking it for the future


  6. This is so cute!! I need one!

  7. I’ve got a Creatività Organizzata post that links to your cactus pin cushion (

  8. […] Oooh this prickly little pin cushion, DID MAKE ME SMILE! What a great idea to make your pins into the prickles of a cactus? Genius little craft idea and practical too. This continues to feed my obsession with cacti.. are you bored yet? But I think this little cactus craft pin cushion is too cute to pass on. It would make a great gift for anyone who likes to sew too. […]