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high in the mountains of North Carolina

I'm on a mission to teach people to sew, quilt, and embroider. I design patterns especially for beginners and I never release a pattern until I have videos teaching you every skill you'll need to ...

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Giraffe applique pattern

from Shiny Happy World
(7) Name: 'Quilting : Giraffe applique pattern
Giraffe applique pattern
Giraffe applique pattern
Giraffe applique pattern

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • how to use your sewing machine

Pattern Description:

I love the weird shape of giraffes. They're totally irresistible! And now I finally get to do an applique block featuring one of my favorite critters. You can totally make this - I designed her especially for beginners!

The block is nice and big - 16 inches wide and almost 32 inches tall - twice as tall as the basic Safari Quilt blocks. That means the applique pieces are nice and big - and if you decide to make a full quilt it will go together pretty quickly.

You'll receive a full-sized pattern - nothing to enlarge or reduce. I also include a smaller pattern that fits on a single page for easy enlarging and reducing, in case you want to also use the pattern for embroidery, collage, painting, or other projects.

The pattern includes complete instructions with loads of step-by-step photos and links to video tutorials teaching you every skill you'll need to make this project.

The instructions in the pattern are for a quick and easy machine applique technique that looks very similar to fancy needle-turn applique, but you can also use fusible adhesive or needle-turn if you prefer the look of those methods. You'll find tutorials for those methods at Shiny Happy World.

With this single block you can make a wall hanging or pillow cover. Applique the design to a tote bag, a T-shirt, or anything else you can think of.

You could also repeat the same block multiple times in different colors for a Warholesque quilt.

Or you can sign up for the Safari Quilt Block of the Month Club. Every month for 12 months you'll get a new applique block pattern of an African animal, progressing in difficulty throughout the year until you're smack in the intermediate skill level. This snake is the fifth block in the series. You can see other animals in the series in the additional photos.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • finished block is 16 x 31 1/2 inches


  • 1/2 yard background fabric
  • 1/2 yard yellow for giraffe body
  • scraps of brown for spots
  • scraps of felt for nose and horns

You Will Also Need:

  • freezer paper

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