Sewn Seashell Hanging

for  PFAFF Education Dept., SVP Worldwide

size: 15"x50"

  • Sewn Seashell Hanging


  • Quilter’s cotton fabric: solid white, 1/3 yd.; yellow print, 1/4 yd.; aqua print, 7/8 yd.; striped, 1/2 yd.
  • Batting: high-loft polyester, 1/4 yd.; The Warm Co. Warm & White, 34”x45”
  • Threads: YLI Corp. Wash-A-Way Basting, white cotton quilting
  • Rope or decorative cording of choice, 1/2” diameter, 4 yds.


  • PFAFF Sewing Machine with Specialty Feet: Open Toe Appliqué, Right Guide 1/4”, Free-Motion
  • PFAFF Inspira: Precision Cut Appliqué Scissors; Universal Needle, size 80
  • Disappearing ink pen
  • The Warm Co. Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 Fusible Webbing, 1/4”-wide
  • Quilt basting spray

Basic Supplies

  • straight pins, scissors, rotary cutter with cutting mat, ruler, iron with cloth and pressing surface, cotton swab and container of water

Pattern - Sewn Seashell Hanging

  • 1. Cut fabric as follows: three 9-1/2"x9-1/2" from white cotton, six 1-1/2"x9-1/2" from yellow print, six 1-1/2"x11-1/2" from yellow print, six 2"x11-1/2" and six 2"x14-1/2" from aqua print, and three 14-1/2"x 14-1/2" from aqua print. Cut 2-1/2"x200" strip from striped fabric (for binding). Cut three 9"x9" from high-loft batting and three 14-1/2"x14-1/2" from cotton batting.
  • 2. Print out full-size patterns. Trace images on center of white squares using disappearing ink pen.
  • 3. Pin 9-1/2" yellow strip on each side of white squares; machine-sew using center needle straight stitch and Right Guide foot. Press seam allowance toward yellow border. Pin 11-1/2" yellow strip at top and bottom of same square; machine-sew as before. Repeat process for other two white squares.
  • 4. Repeat Step 3 to add aqua strips to squares, pressing seams toward aqua strips.
  • 5. Position high-loft batting square beneath one sewn square; pin in place. Replace top thread in machine with soluble thread, leaving quilting thread in bobbin. Using Open Toe foot, machine-sew around center motif slowly, following outside edges. Working from back side, carefully remove excess batting, trimming close to stitched line. Repeat for all sewn squares. Replace soluble thread with cotton thread.
  • 6. Position backing face down on work surface, with cotton batting on top, then sewn square on top with right side facing up. Align raw edges and smooth wrinkles. Secure layers using basting spray and straight pins.
  • 7. Using Open Toe foot, machine-sew around center motif following previous stitching. Machine-sew outer edges and detail lines through all layers. Smooth and adjust sandwiched layers to avoid shifting. Stitch-in-the-ditch (seam line) on either side of inner border. Repeat for each square.
  • 8. Set machine up for free-motion sewing with proper foot and feed dog adjustments. Fill background of center block with stippling. Trim uneven edges on squares. Reset machine to regular sewing mode with standard foot.
  • 9. Sew binding strips together with mitered seam to create one continuous length. Trim seams; press open. Fold binding strip in half lengthwise with wrong sides together; press.
  • 10. Attach binding strip to front side of square. Leaving 3" tail, begin sewing 2" to 3" from one corner, using edge of foot as guide. Machine-sew to within 3/8" of corner, stopping with needle in fabric. Pivot fabric and sew diagonally into corner. Remove project from machine. Fold binding strip up 90° from stitched edge. Fold back down, creating fold in binding even with raw edge for mitered corner. Continue stitching, repeating process at remaining corners, stopping 3" from starting point; leave 3" at beginning and end of binding. Repeat for each square.
  • 11. Fold binding to meet on bias; press to form crease. Unfold binding and pin creases together. Machine-sew binding ends with right sides together on creased lines. Refold binding; machine-sew along remaining length. Wrap layers to back of project; press. Insert fusible webbing under fold of binding; press in place. Machine-sew binding using straight, narrow zigzag, or appliqué stitch using dual feed foot on front side of binding. Repeat for each square.
  • 12. Tie decorative knot in center of rope. Machine-sew squares to rope, spacing 1-1/2" apart. Knot rope at each end. Remove soluble thread using damp cotton swab.
  • Tip
  • 1. For a more finished look, sew casings made from leftover fabric to back of each block to hide rope. Position casings near right and left edges, feed rope through, and tack casing to rope.