A couple of months ago I shared my Sewing Shelves Quilt over at Fabric.com and today I’m sharing the tutorial here too! This sweet Sewing Shelves Applique Quilt is the perfect addition to your sewing studio, or as a gift for your favorite seamstress.
It’s all decorated up with sewing room shelves that hold all kinds of fun things for your sewing room! A cute floral sewing machine, thread, fabric and even little flowers! It has some really fun items on the shelves – I think a lot of them would be great for a mini quilt too – wouldn’t a sweet little quilt with a sewing machine or the pincushion and thread stack be cute?
This quilt is perfect for a fat quarter bundle or even as a stash buster. I love this Robert Kaufman Woodland Clearing Fabric – the colors are so pretty together! So let’s get started!
Sweet Sewing Shelves Applique Quilt Tutorial
I used a fabric collection called Woodland Clearing for this quilt but feel free to use whatever fun fabric you’d like!
- Fat Quarter bundle for applique pieces
- 2 yards for the shelving
- 2 yards for backing
- 1 yard for binding
- 2 1/2 yards for background
- Fusible webbing: 3 yards
- White thread, thread for detail stitching that coordinates with your fabrics
Click here for the Sewing Shelves Pattern Pieces
Cut out your white fabric and shelf pieces first. You’ll need:
- Out of white: 2 pieces 6″ x 60″ for side pieces
- 2 pieces 2 1/2″ x 12 3/4″
- 2 pieces 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
- 1 piece 16 1/2″ x 27 1/2″ (for top shelf piece)
- 2 pieces 15 1/2″ x 27 1/2″ (for middle and bottom shelf pieces)
- 1 piece 6″ x 27 1/2″
- Out of gray for shelves: 2 pieces 2 1/2″ x 42″
- 3 pieces 2 1/2″ x 27 1/2″
- Fabrics for bolts on lowest shelf – one from each fabric – 11″ x 2″
- 8 pieces 1 1/2″ x 1″ for bolt ends.
Print out your pattern pieces and decide what prints you’d like on each piece. Cut slightly larger pieces of fabric than each pattern and iron fusible webbing to the wrong side of the fabrics. Cut out each of the pattern pieces.
Sew each of the horizontal shelf pieces to the bottom sides of the white shelf pieces. For each shelf, lay out the applique pieces and fuse them in place. Trace your detail stitching in place on all the shelves.
Take each shelf and do any detail stitching first using free motion stitching. For example, the lines on the pincushion, the pins, the detailing on the lettering. Once you have all your detail stitching finished, zigzag all the applique pieces in place using a small zigzag stitch.
For the flowers, sew little free motion stitching lines in a star shape, then sew little circles at the end of each spoke.
Once you have your shelves all appliqued, assemble your quilt top. Sew each of the shelves together top to bottom. Under the lowest shelf, sew the 6″ x 27 1/2″ white rectangle. For each of the vertical shelves, sew a 2 1/2″ x 12 3/4″ white piece to one side and a 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ piece to the other side. Sew these strips on each side of the center shelves. Sew the 6″ x 60″ pieces on each side of the vertical shelves. You’re quilt top is all finished!
Quilt and bind your quilt in whatever what you’d like. I straight stitched around all appliques and the shelving, and did a free motion meandering quilting in all the white spaces. Now you can show off your cute new sewing shelves quilt!
I love how it turned out! I’d love to see it if you make a version – feel free to upload it to my Facebook page or tag me on Instagram!
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Kelly Delaney says
So cute! I love the knitting needle vase.
Roberta Cogan says
Thank you so much!
Jackie Hale says
Karen Grissen says
Oh my gosh I LOVE THIS!!!!! My favorite thing that you have done and I like everything you do. I was so excited that it was appliqued as opposed to pieced. That really gives me an extra boost to give this a try. Thanks for sharing your pattern with us. :o)
Diane Cannon says
Oh–Dear–I love this pattern and love to do applique–but do not do facebook or Instagram–is there another way that I can get this pattern!!
Thank you for designing something so cute–
Enjoy the moments-di
I’m so glad you like the quilt! You don’t need facebook or instagram, the full tutorial is right on this post and the pattern link is up in the Materials list. So everything you need is right here! I just included that bit at the end in case someone wanted to show off their finished quilt. It’s definitely optional. Happy sewing!!
I would love to make this quilt, but I can’t download/open the pattern. Help!!!
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Marie from The Interior Frugalista says
So adorable, love everything about this quilt. Pinned ☺
Shirley Wood says
Perfect sewing room decor! I love your creativity. It’s really gorgeous. #merrymonday
STEPHANIE ABBOTT says
That is the cutest qquilt I have ever seen. I love that it tells a story. Very nice!
Kim Six says
I adore this.. As a quilter I totally appreciate the work that went into it!
In fact, I chose you as my favorite feature in this week’s Creativity Unleashed party!
I love that wall quilt. My cousin is making herself a sewing room and I’ve been looking for something to surprise her for her room. They have not started construction on it, so I have time. She will just love it. She is a new quilter and this will make her day.
Beverly Thomas says
I just love this wall hanging. I have a cousin who is having a sewing room build and I have been looking for something so she could hang on her wall. This is what I was looking for…….. She’s going to love it. I have time, they haven’t started construction.
Thanks for the pattern.
Hello, thank you for the free “Sweet Sewing Shelves Applique Quilt” Pattern! I’ve been looking for a whimsical mini quilt to make for my studio and this is perfect. It will definitely be challenging, especially since I have only created two appliqué quilts, tulip block and a Dresden Table Topper, and I’m looking forward to completing with my stash of timeless treasures butterfly grotto fabrics, just waiting for the right project.
I’m sorry, but I am unable to find the link to down the pattern or templates. I have read every word in this post and still cannot find that link. Can anyone help me out? I love this pattern.
I made the link a little larger and it’s pink so hopefully that will make it easier to find. If you scroll to the Materials section, just below that, click where it says “Click here for the Sewing Shelves Pattern Pieces”. That will open the pattern in a PDF window in your browser. Let me know if that doesn’t work!
Irene van der Weijden says
Hello, i van nog open the patronlink! Van you help me,please??
Ik love the quilt!!!!
Pat Scriven says
I would love to make this but nothing happens when I click on the link for the pattern. Please could you have a look for me.
Hi Pat! I just checked and I was able to open the download. Could you maybe try on another browser or device? Or you could email me if that doesn’t work!
Pat Scriven says
Thanks for your quick reply. You were absolutely right – I tried on the computer instead of my phone and it worked perfectly.
Beth Murphy says
Please help. I have just found this adorable quilt on Pinterest. I really want to make it for my sewing room. I have tried to click the link for the pattern pieces but it doesn’t work. I tried again by going to your website but I still can’t reach the patterns. Can you send them to me through email please.
I just sent you an email Beth!