This pretty cactus crochet coin pouch features simple embroidered cactuses, and a classic kiss clasp for enduring style. It’s perfect for stowing your small essentials, to help keep your bag or purse organized. Makes a lovely, heartfelt gift or a great addition to your summer crochet fair booth!
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This spring has been a wild one! We are working on getting the kids prepared to move around rooms in preparation for baby #4 (no nickname yet, but I will keep you posted!). I decided a bit last minute that I wanted to make a slew of things for his nursery, and I have gotten a nice start so far. I am actually pretty excited for the nursery reveal. Lots of crochet! ❤️❤️
I also have also been feeling the uncontrollable need to relandscape my front yard, repaint my whole house, throw away everything in the back of all my closets and drawers, and clean absolutely every nook and cranny.
But alas, I think I will only get to the nursery things.
Maybe because I am been so inspired with crochet nursery decor, I have found my head full of summer crochet ideas. If you have a summer crochet booth or fair coming up, I think these adorable cactus crochet coin pouches may be a great addition.
The sweet cactus embroidery is fairly easy. I had the idea and was even fairly intimidated at the thought of sewing the crochet to the kiss clasp but I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was! I hope you enjoy it too.
I chose CotLin, a lovely yarn blended of linen and cotton, which you can find at WeCrochet. I wanted a light pink with greens. Flamingo was absolutely perfect, my photos don’t quite do it justice, it’s a gorgeous light blush pink, with a warmer hue. Exactly what I was picturing for my finished project. For the greens, I got Sprout and Ivy.
The PDF pattern includes 2 additional patterns, I experimented a bit with the darker green Ivy. I think I actually prefer the look of the darker green with the Flamingo pouch, but both are fantastic.
The pattern download includes a flat crochet clutch, great for hooks, pencils, small notebooks and anything else it can fit. It has a simple and convenient Velcro enclosure. The third pattern included in the pattern download is a sunglass pouch featuring a simple color-work cactus! I wish I would have gone with a darker color ( I used Linen) for the cactus’s little pot, as it’s hard to see in these photos, so keep that in mind for your own pouch.
CROCHET CACTUS PRINT POUCH – CROCHET PATTERN
What you need:
– Suggested Hook: 3.75 mm Hook
– 1 ball each: WeCrochet CotLin Yarn in Ivy, Sprout, Flamingo, and Linen
– 4″ Coin Purse Kiss Clasp Hardware
– Darning needle
GAUGE: 16 sts = 3″ (Gauge Pattern)
Abbreviations: US Terms
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Dc – double crochet
Sl st – Slip Stitch
St – stitch
BLO – Back Loop Only
Sp – Space
Special stitch: Cross stitch SC
This stitch is worked just as a regular sc, except you will YO and pull through from the front of the yarn instead of from behind the yarn. The result is a more “crossed” look to the sc and the stitches line up on top of each other.
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Notes: Ch does not count as a stitch. Always work the first st in the same st as the chain. Always join with a sl st with the first ST of the round, not the chain. St counts include the chs worked in the corners.
Gauge is important for this project, so please work a gauge swatch to ensure your clasp will fit the finished crochet pouch.
1. Work 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc in next 5 chs. Work 6 sc in last ch. Working across other side of chain, sc in next 5 chs. Work 3 sc in last ch (same as the first 3 sc). Join with a sl st. (22 sts)
2. Ch 1. Sc in next st. In the next st work a sc, ch 2, sc (forming a corner). Sc in next 7 sts. In the next st work sc, ch 2, sc (forming a corner). Sc in next 2 sts. In the next st work sc, ch 2, sc (forming a corner). Sc in next 7 sts. In the next st work sc, ch 2, sc (forming a corner). Sc in last st. Join. (34 sts)
3. Ch 1. Sc in next 2 sts. In the next 2-ch sp work a sc, ch 2, sc. Sc in next 9 sts. In the next 2-ch sp work sc, ch 2, sc. Sc in next 4 sts. In the next 2-ch sp work sc, ch 2, sc. Sc in next 9 sts. In the next 2-ch sp work sc, ch 2, sc. Sc in last 2 sts. Join. (42 sts)
4. Ch 1. Sc in next 3 sts. In the next 2-ch sp work a sc, ch 2, sc. Sc in next 11 sts. In the next 2-ch sp work sc, ch 2, sc. Sc in next 6 sts. In the next 2-ch sp work sc, ch 2, sc. Sc in next 11 sts. In the next 2-ch sp work sc, ch 2, sc. Sc in last 3 sts. Join. (50 sts)
5. Ch 1. Sc in next 4 sts. In the next 2-ch sp work a sc, ch 2, sc. Sc in next 13 sts. In the next 2-ch sp work sc, ch 2, sc. Sc in next 8 sts. In the next 2-ch sp work sc, ch 2, sc. Sc in next 13 sts. In the next 2-ch sp work sc, ch 2, sc. Sc in last 4 sts. Join. (58 sts)
6. Ch 2. Dc in next 5 sts. In the next 2-ch sp work a dc, ch 1, dc. Dc in next 15 sts. In the next 2-ch sp work dc, ch 1, dc. Dc in next 10 sts. In the next 2-ch sp work dc, ch 1, dc. Dc in next 15 sts. In the next 2-ch sp work dc, ch 1, dc. Dc in last 4 sts. Join. (62 sts)
Gauge is important for this project, stop here and ensure your rectangle is the approx. size of your clasp hardware.
7. – 21. Work these rows using a cross stitch sc:
Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join. (62 sts)
EMBROIDERY ON CROCHET:
Prepare a darning needle with a length of green yarn (Ivy or Sprout). Starting 2 rows down from the top, and the middle of the long side of the pouch (an estimation is fine) begin embroidering. You will be working through the holes found in the corner of each sc stitch. The following photos will show how to embroider the small cactus shapes:
Beginning 2 rows down from the top, embroidery one stitch down 4 rows. Fill it in with 3-4 more stitches:
To make the right arm, push your needle up through the hole one stitch to the right of the top of the stem. Then bring it down one stitch over and 2 down (you maybe need to push some of the stem stitches to the side a bit to reach it).
Add 1 -2 more stitches to fill it out a bit:
For the left arm, start 1 st below the top of the main stem. Bring your needle up that hole, and down 2 sts down and one to the right. Repeat one or twice more to fill it in a bit.
For the spacing, start your next cactus 6 sts over from the arm of the previous cactus. When you are done with the top row, begin the bottom row of embroidered cactus 3 rows down.
Weave in all ends.
Your purse should fit the shape and size of the clasp hardware:
To make sewing a bit easier, I recommend doing some small stitches at each corner to hold it in place.
I found it easiest to turn the pouch upside-down and work down through the top loops and into the hardware. I worked one pass with a simple running stitch, then went back around another time to ensure a secure job.
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