Nutcracker and Mouse King Cushions : FPP pdf pattern

Nutcracker and Mouse King Cushions : FPP pdf pattern


This listing is for a DOWNLOADABLE PDF version of this FPP project.

The Mouse King and Nutcracker cushions are bound to be firm favourites this Christmas and many Christmas seasons to come!

This PDF pattern includes full sized templates for creating both the Nutcracker and Mouse King blocks. There are also step-by-step instructions for turning the blocks into cushions, perfect for decorating your home for many Christmas seasons to come.

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The Nutcracker and Mouse King cushions are a Foundation Paper Pieced project. The centrally pieced sections have borders added to them to create the cushion fronts. Once finished, your Nutcracker and Mouse King cushions will measure approximately 14″ square. The central FPP sections are 10″ finished and of course can be used in other patchwork projects.

Your purchase of the Nutcracker and Mouse King Cushions pdf download includes three files:

:: pdf Nutcracker and Mouse King pattern instructions (12 pages)
:: Pattern Pieces in two versions:

  • Tiled FPP pattern pieces (6 pages). Pages designed in a way that allows them to be printed on either A4 or Letter paper. Some pages will need to be joined together to complete a couple of the larger pattern pieces
  • Large Format pattern pieces on A2 paper (16.5″ x 23.4″), great if you prefer to have your patterns printed by a copy shop.

If you are new to downloadable pdf patterns then have a look at the blog post How to Assemble pdf Sewing Patterns 

The pdf INSTRUCTIONS feature:

:: 12 page full colour instructions
:: Fabric requirements (see final picture for details)
:: Fabric cutting guide
:: Colouring diagrams
:: Diagrams for joining the FPP sections, including where it’s important to match seams
:: Instructions for making and applying piping
:: Instructions for making an envelope back

The PATTERN PAGES feature:

:: Digitally drawn pattern pieces
:: 1/4″ seam allowances on all sections
:: Reversed so you create blocks that looks exactly as the illustrations
:: Coloured to make construction as easy as possible


When it comes to the paper piecing element of the project, I would recommend this pattern to a confident beginner. There are a couple of small pieces and there are a few seams to match when joining sections (helpful diagrams included), but if you take your time, it is achievable.

This pattern assumes that you already know how to paper piece so there are no FPP technique tips included with the instructions (see below for links to tutorials).

If you are feeling confident or adventurous you can add additional detail to the cushions using free motion or straight line quilting (as I have done in the samples shown here). Guidance has not been included for this optional embellishment.


If you are new to Foundation Paper Piecing I have a number of free tutorials and demonstrations

See also the demonstration I filmed, showing the Nutcracker, for Sewing Street on YouTube

Drop by the facebook page if you have any further questions or would like to show me what you’ve made!




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