Circus Baby Quilt Patterns Using Hawaiian Applique

By: Carolyn Wainscott for FaveQuilts.com
Circus Baby Quilt Patterns Using Hawaiian Applique

Learn how to make fast baby quilt patterns with circus themes using a Hawaiian applique method. With this applique technique, you'll cut out an elephant or carrousel applique that covers the entire quilt top and fuse it to a plain background. Add some decorative stitching around the edges to secure the applique, and you'll be done with your quilt in just a few hours!

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteWeekend project

Primary TechniqueApplique



  • 1-1/4 yards  - 44” - 45” background fabric
  • 1-1/4 yards   - 44” - 45” applique fabric
  • Lightweight fusible interfacing for applique fabric
  • Coordinating scraps for trim appliques


  1. Press fusible interfacing to back of applique fabric according to instructions.
  2. Fold applique fabric in half, twice. Press folds sharply. You will have a 22” square.
  3. Pin pattern to folded square.
  4. Cut applique strictly along cutting lines, keeping applique in one piece.
  5. Fold and press background fabric in half twice, as with applique fabric.
  6. Unfold background fabric with right side up.
  7. Unfold applique fabric right side up. Match pressed seams of background and applique fabrics from center. Smooth and pin securely.
  8. Sew applique onto background using blanket stitch or other chosen stitches.
  9. Cut out trim appliques (blankets, saddles, head pieces, halter/reins) from fabrics which have fusible interfacing applied to back.
  10. Sew in place, trim with optional embellishments if desired.
  11. Quilt as desired.

Circus Baby Quilt Patterns Using Hawaiian Applique


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Great instructions! Clear and easy to follow.

the pattern is available in My Pattern Store @ http://www.craftsy.com/user/43851/pattern-store?_ct=fhevybu-ikrdql-fqjjuhdijehu

where is the template?

This is such a sweet and different type of baby quilt. It looks so hard but you make it so easy with your great instructions. I will be making this for my new great grand baby. Thank you so much for sharing your talent Betty in Ohio


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