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How to Make a Potted Succulent

Hi, it’s Lauren here from Molly and Mama ! Would you like to learn how to create a potted succulent or cactus? This is a great pattern hack for the Coco Flower Crown PDF pattern found in the current issue of One Thimble Sewing E-Zine (issue 8). The Coco Flower Crown pattern by Molly and Mama contains all the pattern pieces needed to create five felt flowers and seven types of succulents. Choose one of the pattern templates to create a succulent and read the rest here!


Potted Succulent Pattern Hack

YOU WILL NEED

– a copy of the Coco Flower Crown pattern. You can purchase this as a stand alone pattern. Alternatively, you can purchase Issue 8 of the One Thimble magazine and this pattern is included!

– green 100% wool felt for Succulent 1 –  28cm (11″) x 3cm (1.25″)

– 15cm (6″) brown 100% wool felt circle for the base

– polyester filling / stuffing / hobby fill or similar

– pot or container to place your plant into – pictured pot is 5.5cm (2.25″) tall and 6cm (2.5″) across

– needle and thread to match your felt colours

– small sharp scissors for cutting felt

– erasable marker (optional)

– circle template (optional)

– craft glue (optional)

 

MAKE THE SUCCULENT

Choose a succulent to sew from the selection available in your Coco Flower Crown pattern. As you can see, there are lots of options to choose from! Even the flower patterns make great succulents. Just change the colours!

Succulents and Cacti from Molly and Mama

For this project, Succulent 1 was the perfect pattern for me! Use the methods described in the pattern to cut out, and stitch, your felt succulent.

Succulent by Molly and Mama

ADD THE FELT BASE

Trace a circle shape onto the felt with a water erasable marker. Use a pre-printed circle template or a round shape like a dinner plate or side plate as a guide. The size of your circle will depend on the size of the ‘pot’ you are putting it in. My circle was 15cm (6″) across.

Fold your felt circle in half and in half again to find the centre point.

Find Circle Centre - Molly and Mama

Thread your needle with a doubled over strand of green or brown sewing cotton (or a colour to match your felt). Bring the needle up through the centre of your felt circle to mark the point.

Place your succulent in the centre of the felt circle and use small stitches to securely attach the succulent to the felt base. You shouldn’t see the stitches from the front. When you’ve finished, secure your stitches and trim off the excess cotton.

Stitch on the Succulent - Molly and Mama

Thread your needle with a long doubled over strand of brown sewing cotton (so it’s long enough to reach around the circumference of the circle). Stitch a running stitch the whole way around the brown felt, about 1cm in from the outside edge. Gather the stitching as you go, by pulling the thread.

Leave an opening large enough to add polyester stuffing or fill. Add just enough so that the brown felt holds it’s shape. You don’t want it too firmly stuffed though, as the brown felt has to neatly and easily fit into your succulent’s pot. Once you’ve added sufficient filling, pull the thread taut and seal the opening of the gathered felt with some extra stitches. Your little plant should be ready to be ‘potted up’ (see the image bottom right).

Gather the Base - Molly and Mama

Gently pop your succulent into your pot. To ensure it can’t be removed, feel free to glue it in place with some craft glue. Now you have an everlasting plant that will brighten up any space! And it could even be used as a pin cushion!

Pot your Succulent - Molly and Mama

I love that the Coco Flower Crown pattern is so versatile and can be used for other projects too!  If you’d like to see a whole bunch of pretty accessories made with the same pattern, head over HERE.

Happy stitching, Lauren x


This post was written for One Thimble by Lauren Wright from Molly and Mama.

Want to know more about Molly and Mama? Feeling the urge to get creative but not sure where to start? Lauren from Molly and Mama  (http://www.MollyandMama.com.au) has a passion for encouraging beginners on their creative journey. Her patterns and tutorials are perfect for all sewing levels, lots of fun to make, and great to get the creative juices flowing! See more in the store.

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