Over the past few years Nutcrackers have become an ever so popular icon at Christmas time. The Nutcracker Ballet is just so wonderful and is performed all over the world to people entering into the festive spirit. I think that we love the music, the magic, the tradition and the old world charm. When the Nutcrackers come out I’m all set for Christmas!
I have designed the Nutcracker FPP cushion so that us creative types can make something perfectly festive for our homes or to give as gifts. Of course the Nutcracker can’t be left alone by the antagonist, the Mouse King, so there’s a FPP pattern for him too! I’ve tried to make him a little more friendly than he is normally so that he doesn’t scare any small children or those of us with an aversion to rodents!
Both the Nutcracker and Mouse King FPP Cushions are great projects when you are looking for a relatively quick make (well, quicker than a quilt maybe) or are starting to dabble in patchwork and quilting. Projects like this are great for trying out new skills or practicing skills we don’t use as often, such as free motion quilting.
On these projects I have used a combination of quilting techniques. There is some straight line/walking foot quilting, a little free motion and I have used one of the decorative stitches on my Elna 720 pro to add some lovely detail on the Nutcracker’s Hat and both of the jackets. Take advantage of the smaller size of these projects to give some different techniques a go!
The Nutcracker and Mouse King FPP Cushions pattern is available in two different formats: pdf download and a paper pattern. Both patterns are available from the website, but there is very limited stock of the paper patterns.
The downloadable pattern is perfect for those of us that are looking to buy and get sewing straight away. Your purchase of the pdf download includes three files:
File 1 – pdf Nutcracker and Mouse King FPP Cushion Instructions (12 pages)
- Detailed cutting instructions (exclusive to the pdf version)
- Blank diagrams for colouring in/planning fabric placement
- Advice on printing and assembling the downloadable pattern pieces
- Instructions and diagrams to help with joining sections
- Tips for:
- adding borders
- making and adding piping
- adding an envelope cushion back
File 2 – Tiled Pattern Pieces (6 pages)
- Pattern pages have been designed so that they can be printed out on A4 or US letter paper
- Digitally drawn pattern pieces with 1/4″ seam allowances
- Reversed to create a finished block as per the diagram/photos
- Clearly labelled and coloured to help with construction
File 3 – Large Format Pattern Pieces (1 page)
- A2 file for those that like to use a copy shop, rather than printing at home
- Same great features as the tiled pattern pages
Paper Pattern – Nutcracker and Mouse King FPP Cushions
Please note that stock of the paper pattern is very limited! I am not sure when I will next be able to get more stock of the paper patterns.
Paper Pattern Features:
- 12 page full colour A4 booklet
- Full sized coloured pattern pieces (which will need transferring to FPP paper)
- Instructions for joining sections
- Tips for adding quilting, making and adding piping and adding an envelope cushion back
Share Your Makes
I am so looking forward to seeing all of the different Nutcrackers and Mouse Kings popping up on social media. It’s is one of the best parts of this job, seeing all of your makes!
You can message me on social media or you can use #nutcrackerfpp or #mousekingfpp, that way I can search for your work online!
Where to buy
The shop section of the website has both the paper and pdf download version of the Nutcracker and Mouse King FPP patterns. Please note that I only have very limited stock of the paper pattern, therefore if it is showing as out of stock then everything I have has gone and it might be a few months until I am able to get hold of some more!
Want to See a Demonstration?
The Nutcracker and Mouse King paper pattern was featured on Sewing Street where they bundled it with some lovely fabrics. I filmed a demo where I ran you through the paper pattern and some of the key making points of the Nutcracker. Sewing Street always load their shows onto YouTube so you can catch up whenever you like!
New to FPP and want to learn some skills?
Foundation Paper Piecing is one of my most favourite techniques, but it can look daunting at first glance. In order to help you learn the skill I have a range of resources to help you.
Essential Tools for FPP
I filmed a short video to take you through some of the tools that I think are great for Foundation Paper Piecing.
Spools of Thread
This is a great first FPP project, and is fully supported with a Sew-Along
If you have not done any FPP before, this is a great place to start!
Looking for other Christmas Patterns?
I have lots of downloadable pdf patterns available from the shop section of the website. Here are some of the Christmas patterns available:
Reindeer Applique Cushion :: FREE tutorial