Southwestern themed home decor is a huge trend right now, and I love incorporating it into my home. I especially love cacti, but unfortunately, I have a black thumb and am not willing to admit to the number of cacti I’ve failed at keeping alive. Thank goodness for today’s project, which allows us to enjoy cacti in a maintenance free way, with no chance of casualties! I’m Abby from Sew Much Ado, and today I’m sharing a tutorial and free template to make your own Cactus Wall Hanging!
This wall hanging would also be great as a gender neutral baby quilt, which can be made by simply leaving off the hanging loops!
Whether it’s in your living room or your baby’s nursery, your cactus wall hanging will add the perfect southwestern touch to any room!
We’ll be using two different easy quilting techniques, including raw edge appliqué and tying. Let’s get to work!
• Solid white quilting cotton – 2yd (cut 1: 24×30”, cut 1: 26×32”)
• Solid green quilting cotton – 1/2yd
• Solid brown quilting cotton – 3/4yd (for cactus pot and binding/hanging loops)
• Cotton batting – 26×32”
• Black embroidery floss
• Basic sewing supplies – thread, pins, scissors, hand sewing needle, etc
Download wall hanging template HERE.
Print templates (ensure there is no scaling), tape pieces together at triangles, and cut cactus and pot.
Cut cactus fabric and Heat n Bond piece10x19”. Cut pot fabric and Heat n Bond piece 7×8”. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse Heat n Bond to the wrong side of cactus and pot pieces.
Trace cactus and pot templates onto the paper side of Heat n Bond. Cut pieces out.
Remove paper from Heat n Bond on each piece and place on the wall hanging front (white fabric cut to 24×30”), centering. Pot should slightly overlap the bottom of cactus.
Remove pot and follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse cactus to the white fabric with an iron. Stitch around the cactus, close to the edge (can use straight or zig zag stitch if desired).
Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse the pot at the base of cactus as originally placed. Stitch around the pot, close to the edge.
Next, make a quilt sandwich, with the wall hanging back on the bottom (cut to 26×32” with wrong side facing up), cotton batting in middle (cut to 26×32”), and wall hanging top on top ( the wrong side facing down).
Secure pieces together with pins, safety pins, or basting spray, concentrating on outer edges and around the cactus. I prefer to use pins on a project as small as this and find they work well as they are quick to remove when needed.
Use chalk or disappearing ink pen to mark the placement of thorns on cactus as desired.
To make “thorns,” thread a long piece of embroidery floss on a needle and make a small stitch at each mark. It is easiest to make a row of stitches first. Next, cut between stitches, tie each thorn with a square knot, and trim thread ends to ½”. Be sure that consecutive stitches are spaced far enough apart that the floss ends will be long enough to tie when cut. Repeat until all thorns have been stitched and tied.
Stitch wall hanging edges together 1/8-1/4” from edges of wall hanging top. Trim batting and back to match the top, ensuring wall hanging it squared.
To make hanging loops, cut three pieces of solid fabric 6×8”. Fold each loop piece in half lengthwise (wrong sides together) and stitch ½” from long edges. Press seam allowances open, turn right sides out and press flat, with seams down the center of loops.
Fold loops in half (seams toward the inside), matching raw edges, and stitch to back of the wall hanging at the top. Outer loops should be placed 1 ½” from outer edges, and the third loop should be centered at the top.
To make binding, cut 2 ½” wide strips, totaling 130” in length. To achieve continuous length, piece strips right sides together at right angles, stitching from corner to corner as pictured. Trim seam allowances to ¼” and press open.
Wrong sides together, press binding in half lengthwise.
Starting approximately 8” from the corner on one side of wall hanging, stitch binding to top with ¼” seam allowance, matching raw edges and leaving a “tail” (10”) before stitches begin. Stop ¼” before reaching the first corner.
To create mitered corner, remove the needle and lift presser foot from fabric. Trim threads. Fold binding away from the top, forming a 90-degree angle with binding already stitched. Keeping diagonal fold in place, fold binding back down, forming another fold along the edge where the binding was stitched. Binding raw edges should now match raw edges of next side of quilt top.
Stitch binding to next side of wall hanging top, beginning ¼” from mitered corner. Repeat on remaining sides, stopping approximately 10” from where first stitches began.
Lay beginning tail along wall hanging top edge, overlapping end tail. Mark and cut end tail of binding 2 ½” past the point where it meets the beginning tail.
Open beginning and end tails of binding, wrong sides up. Flip end tail of binding over, being perpendicular to and matching right sides with the beginning tail of binding as pictured. Pin in place, matching raw edges. Stitch two ends together diagonally, corner to corner.
Trim seam allowance and press seam open. Fold binding back in half, press along the original fold, and stitch to wall hanging edge.
Turn folded edge of the binding to wall hanging back and pin, with binding just barely covering stitches on the back. Neatly fold mitered corners on front and back.
From the front of the wall hanging, stitch close to the inner edge of binding around all four edges, being sure to catch binding on the back with stitches.
Press hanging loops upward and stitch each to wall hanging, near the top of binding.
Thread wooden dowel or branch (1” diameter) through hanging loops. Cut leather lace long enough to hang the wall hanging as desired, and tie near each end of the dowel with a square knot.
Hang your new cactus wall hanging and enjoy!