Monday, 10 June 2013

my paws - tutorial

Bear Paw

I'm still loving bear paws! I've made a few more and here's a quick tutorial to show how I'm doing it...
Paw fabric: cut one 5" square and one 5 3/4" square
Background fabric: cut one 5" square and one 3 1/16" square
The reason these measurements are a little 'odd' is because I wanted to make HSTs the easy way and it just was simplest to start with 5" squares for me. It does mean you can use charm squares but beware that you need a bigger square of fabric for the largest part of the paw.
The block will end up (a very random) 8 1/4" but I'm doing a whole quilt of them so it doesn't matter much. It wouldn't be too hard to resize.
Start by putting the 5" squares right sides together and sewing 1/4" around all the edges, then cut on the diagonal both ways so you end up with 4 HSTs. You can find a better explanation here if you've not done this before.

Here's how to assemble the block:

It is basically made of two parts (shown by the dotted white line) that you then sew together.

To make sure the seams match nicely I press the two sections in different directions and butt my seams together:

(I press the seams of the HST blocks towards the 'paw fabric' and press the joining seams open to reduce bulk)

So that's my method. It's worked well so far! Once you've done a couple you can chain piece the different sections. It's a little addictive:

Plum and June


  1. These are looking lovely :)

  2. Now the internet will be flooded with bear paws! Di x

  3. Great tutorial! There are lovely!

  4. Yeah think Di has got the right idea!

    Bear paws rule and I love those fabrics! Mama bear must be the pink pawed one!

  5. They're looking great Lucy. And can I say, I LOVE it when tutorials include pressing directions.

  6. Ooooh, rose + citron + low volume! So pretty. I also really love the block in the button, with the little Indian Summer faces looking out. I have my hands on that print now and feel like I must buy some for the stash! Pinning your tutorial now.

  7. Love the bear paw- one of the first blocks I ever made! Yours are really pretty in pink and green!

  8. lucy, i LOVE the fabric choices. that joel dewberry is a favorite of mine. fortunately, i still have lots. ;)

  9. I'm glad to have stumbled apon your lovely blog (and a fellow Brit!).
    I was even more pleased to see this tutorial as I have a quilt pattern which features bear paws and I was sort of putting off starting it!
    I'me going to follow now, so I don;t miss anything :-D

  10. Thank you for the great tutorial! I cannot wait to make a few of these! Could you tell me what the lime green fabric is?

    1. Thanks f! It is Sari in Lime - Maasai Mara by Dear Stella. You can get it on sale here:

  11. Thanks for sharing! Looks easy peasy!

  12. I would love to learn a new sewing trick! I've never hand sewn but the Oh My Stars! quilt has inspired me!