The crochet pattern for the crochet cactus scrubby is very simple and easy to make. You will love having a darling cactus by your sink.  It would make a lovely housewarming or Mother’s Day gift, or for you to keep for yourself. Enjoy this free crochet pattern! This post includes affiliate links, which means I get a small commission if you make a purchase at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support! 

crochet cactus scrubby free crochet pattern scrubby red heart cotton

Over the past few years I have fallen in love with cactuses. Yes, they have been very trendy as of late, but that’s not why I love them so much. If you have followed me on Facebook, you may have seen me mention that I am terrible with plants.
Just. Terrible. Beyond terrible actually.
I’ve actually killed spider plants and succulents, the two easiest plants to care for!

When I bought myself a couple cactuses a few years ago, I didn’t have high hopes. I thought I would give plants one more try, even a spiky, albeit un-huggable one.

pretty cactus

And something magical happened. THEY LIVED. They lived for years and years and I found my calling in the botany world. I may not ever be the caretaker to an orchid or a fiddle leaf fig, but I can have cactuses. So I am leaning into it…hard.

pretty cactus

Do you spy a little critter? This is a bit of a strange fact about me: as a child, my grandma had a terrarium in her front room and for some reason I loved that she had put little stone creatures throughout it. I especially loved the little frog that was almost completely hidden in the corner. So now I put small little lizards or frogs in all my pots. It’s a small (admittedly weird) thing that bring me joy.
In case you are wondering, they are just plastic dollar store critters that I spray-painted with stone-colored paint.

pretty cactus

(Fake succulents FYI. )

My crown jewel is my beautiful air plant! It’s very large, about 6″ from tip to tip. Yes, the ends are a bit crispy but it has been alive for over 3 years in my care, so I would consider it thriving.

pretty air plant

I have themed my entry room “desert chic” and I hope to share it with you soon.  I have some finishing touches to add, like some crochet tasseled wall hangings and I would like to design a couple crochet southwestern throw pillows. When it’s done I will share the room tour with you.

For now, you can add a bit of desert chic to your kitchen with these crochet cactus scrubbies! I really wanted something that was 3-dimensional, so these scrubbies are lightly stuffed with tulle, which is perfect because it doesn’t hold water and drains very quickly.


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I also recently updated the pattern with a mini size, as well as made some tweaks to the sizing of the regular sized one. The mini one is so darling and cute.
I also tried a different yarn with great success. The cactus scrubbier below I made with Lion Brand Just Hemp.

Crochet Pattern: Crochet Cactus scrubby crochet pattern cute and easy gift crochet pattern


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What you need: (affiliate links)
5.5 mm Hook
– Scrubby Cotton Yarn, or other natural fiber yarn
1/4 yard mesh/tulle  fabric
Darning Needle
– 3.5″ terra cotta pot 
Small bit of extra green cotton yarn
Small bit of pink or red cotton yarn 

Abbreviations: US Terms
Ch – chain
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Sl st – Slip Stitch
St – stitch
BLO – Back Loops Only

Gauge: not important


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Ch 21 

1. Hdc in 2nd ch from hook. Hdc in each ch across. Turn. (20 sts)
Your piece should be approx. 5.5″ long. 

2. Ch 1. Hdc in same st. Working in BLO, Hdc in each remaining stitch, leaving last stitch unworked. Work a hdc in last st working through both loops. Turn. (20 sts) 
Repeat row 2 until your piece measures 8.5″ long.

Finished rectangle should be approx. 5.5″ x 8.5″. Use your pot as a guide, your width may need to be adjusted depending on the yarn you use.

how to crochet cactus scrubby with free crochet pattern


Fold your piece in half, with ribbing going vertical. Sl st the long edge, forming a tube.

how to crochet cactus scrubby with free crochet pattern

Leave your piece with the seam on the outside. Using cotton yarn and a darning needle, sew a loose running stitch around one end of the tube. Pull the ends tight, cinching the ends closed.

how to crochet cactus scrubby with free crochet pattern
how to crochet cactus scrubby with free crochet pattern

Turn your piece inside-out. Cut your tulle into 2″ – 3″ strips (does not need to be precise or exact). Stuff the cactus with the tulle. Don’t over stuff, but stuff it until it holds its shape.

how to crochet cactus scrubby with free crochet pattern stuffed with tulle

Once the cactus is stuffed, sew a loose running stitch around the opening with the same yarn. Cinch shut and tie a firm, small knot (this end will be the bottom).


Using pink or red cotton yarn:
Begin with a magic ring
Ch 2.
*Dc into ring. Ch 3. Sl st into first ch* repeat 6. Join with first dc. Tie off.

Attach the flower to the top of the cactus with hot glue (make sure you put glue as far to the edge of the flower as possible).

The crochet cactus scrubby sits comfortably in your 3 1/2″ terra cotta pot by your sink.

crochet cactus scrubber scrubby dishes free crochet pattern
crochet cactus scrubby free crochet pattern

It may be snowing outside right now, but my mind is on glorious crochet spring projects, how about you?


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  1. I have a problem making the souls for sandals and other shoes they never come out the right size or length I don’t know what I’m doing wrong I don’t know if you can help me thank you

  2. What color of the scrubby cotton did you use? I don’t see it on Red Heart or Amazon. Thank you, these are adorable. I would love to make a few as gifts. You are very creative.

      1. Thank you. I gave one to my aunt and one to a friend as hostess gifts, and they were very well received! They loved them! Your pattern was easy to follow. I used “Green Tea” instead of “Jade” because that’s what I found in the store, and it looked fantastic. Thanks again!

  3. I have friends that have “critters” in their plants- the grandkids love to see where they are hiding when they go to visit- they move them around so the kids look forward to seeing who’s where- like the tulle idea- plan to make some👍🌵

    1. This is so sweet! I don’t remember if my grandma moved it or if I just thought it might be in a different place, haha! I love that idea, so magical :D

  4. Beth..I just wanted to say how beautiful your sister’s babies are! I’m so excited for her, and I don’t even know her. This June, it will be 30 years since I had my twins..(boy and girl) and it was and still is the best thing that could ever of happened to me in my lifetime (I’m 60 now..🙄) I also went through the infertility thing and after several failures, I gave up. So discouraged and heartbroken. The moment I stopped the shots, I became with twins. I didn’t have kids before them, and I never tried again after. I was quite happy with my little family. I had them a week early and just to be different, I had the first one naturally, and the second one by c-section (1hour apart). So, I always thought they were special right from day to your sister! (Gee..I’m almost getting teary eyed writing…)

  5. I can relate. The only plant I didn’t kill was a Jade plant–another succulent! I had it for several years, but it was damaged in a move and I couldn’t revive it. It’s a miracle that my son made it to adulthood! Your cactus scrubby as really cute–love the idea of using tulle for stuffing.

  6. This is my kind of cactus. It’s not only adorable but they serve a purpose….. double duty. 😀

  7. These are so very cute! I’m in the process of remodeling the bathroom. The design is black, grey and white but I’ve been thinking of crocheting cacati as little spots of colour. These are perfect for a bathroom. Now if I can only find the scrubby yarn in New Zealand!

  8. Oh my word these are so darn cute! As Tracy suggested, such awesome gifts! Back to Michaels I go!
    Thank you Beth for all your great patterns. I made 2 sets of the plaid booties & 1 Trapper hat as baby gifts, they were a hit! You have great talent.

  9. Such a cute idea! Never had much thought about making a scrubbier but this is too cute to pass up!!

  10. I love these they are adorable. I can’t wait to make some for my son who lives in Arizona. I’ll need one here in Iowa, to pretend it’s nice outside 😅.

  11. Love this pattern! What colour did you use? I live in Canada & sometimes the colours just aren’t available here but I’m not averse to ordering online! Thanks!

  12. unique! You don’t really use them as a kitchen scrubby, do you? I think they are too pretty to use!

  13. I love your cactus scrubbies so cool. I also like your cactus houseplants too. I collect succulent houseplants. I also have an air plant. Keep up the good work!!!! Really cute pattern🙂