Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 2- Funky Cactus

Happy Wednesday, crafty friends! Today I’m back with another project that I created for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 2 release. This time, it’s one of my fabric projects featuring Tim’s fabulous Eclectic Elements fabric line and the new Funky Cactus die set.

Most of you know by now how much I enjoy incorporating fabric into my die cutting projects. And this past year, I picked up another old love of mine, cross stitching. One thing you need to keep close at hand with sewing of any kind is a good supply of pins and needles. So when I saw this new Funky Cactus die set, with all those cacti spines and needles, I immediately thought to use it on a little fabric needle book. I mean, let’s get straight to the point, how perfect are those two together?

To make the actual needle book itself, I began with two long skinny rectangles of Eclectic Elements Abandoned fabric, and sewed them together with a layer of Therm O Web fleece batting in between. I used a bias tape tool to make two long ties from a contrasting fabric, and those were tucked between the layers of fabric before sewing. Once the fabric was turned with right sides out, I added machine quilting along a diagonal line across the entire book. Then just fold the book in half, and tie closed to keep it secure. Then to the top I added a fabric-wrapped panel and that adorable Funky Cactus.

Did you all know that Sizzix makes multi-colored packages of thin felt that are perfect for creating projects like this? I used both the Festive and the Neutral Felt Sheets for this project. To the inside of the needle book was stitched a die cut rectangle of tan colored felt where you can place all the pins and needles. I used an old (and unfortunately retired) Tim Holtz die set called Stacked Postage to die cut the felt. Then a cactus in it’s cute brown pot embellish the right side. Of course I had to add some hand-stitched embroidery details for some extra charm.

The cactus on the outside got some hand-stitching, too. And for this one, I made puffy dimensional flowers by layering lots of stacks of die cuts together and pulling them tight with a strong stitch. Then to add my sentiment, I pulled out one of my oldest alphabet stamp sets and stamped on fabric strips using Distress Archival Ink. I use a small dab of Therm O Web Fabric Fuse adhesive to glue down all of the pieces.

So fun! I do love to use my papercrafting products in different ways. Know that most die sets can cut thinner fabrics and materials, like the craft felt that I used here. Opens up a whole new world of possibilities, right? Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!

The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:


Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Funky Cactus Sizzix - Making Essentials Collection - Accessory - Felt Sheets - Festive Sizzix - Making Essentials Collection - Accessory - Felt Sheets - Neutrals Ranger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Archival Ink Pads - Potting Soil Therm O Web - SpraynBond Fabric Stiffener Tim Holtz Sizzix SHAPING KIT Making Tool Black 665304
Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Fabric for FreeSpirit Fabrics: Abandoned Collection
Tim Holtz Stacked Postage Framelits Die Set
Hero Arts Printer’s Type Lower Alphabet Stamp Set
DMC Floss
Vintage Buttons


9 thoughts on “Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 2- Funky Cactus

  1. Such a fun project (and clever). I love that you cut the cactus using felt! Thank you for all your work to showcase the new Sizzix release!

    • Thank you so much, Paula! It’s always such a joy to be able to play with the new products! ❤

  2. Love this! I always enjoy seeing your sewing projects. You have so much more patience than I do! And, the cacti are so colorful and fit right into my desert garden 🙂
    I hope you are having a great week!

  3. I love your fabric book! You just gave me a great idea. I am always losing my counted cross stitch needles and a little book – Tim Holtz style – would be a fabulous place to park them!

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