Previously: Building a Cactus, Pt. 3 or follow from the beginning: Building a Cactus, Pt. 1

First, we added styrofoam domes (from any craft supply store, but in our case, Michaels) to the top of the cactus and the ends of the arms, in order to get the nice rounded shape. Then we used duct tape to wrap the cactus in batting. Since the bottom half was a little thicker than the top, we double wrapped the top to ensure a more even shape throughout.

Kelly hanging out with our short-lived friend, Huggy! You can see the batting taped around the arms and bottom here.

Kelly hanging out with our short-lived friend, Huggy! You can see the batting taped around the arms and bottom here.

Then… a lot of sewing. We knew it was coming, and we thought we were prepared, but we hand-stitched a 10′ cactus with a 7′ wingspan – twice. First, the interior layer. Like I mentioned in the previous post, we picked up a cotton/poly blend fabric for the interior in an effort to keep the cactus’ shape throughout (what is hopefully) many rounds of assembly and disassembly. You don’t build one of these for a one-time use.

After the white interior fabric was sewed, we then moved on to the most daunting task of the project – the exterior…

Next up – the exterior

But first, a quick aside. It didn’t matter what we were ready for, 3 full days of sewing by me and multiple nights of help from Kelly and Spencer and we weren’t finished. We still wouldn’t be finished until the night before the expo… Our advice is, if you know anyone with a sewing machine, start bringing them baked goods now. You never know when they might save you a week of your life…

A white fabric cactus

Once the batting, styrofoam domes, and interior fabric started to come together – the shape really took, well, shape…

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