Sandpaper Seashells by the Seashore


  • Regular crayons or Fabric crayons by Dritz (only comes in 8 colors)
  • Sulky Tear-Easy Stabilizer
  • Permanent-ink, black marker
  • Sulky Bobbin Thread
  • Sulky Metallic or Rayon Threads to stipple quilt
  • Cotton Batting
  • Old cheese grater and clean 1" paint brush
  • Sulky KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive
  • Zig-Zag Sewing Machine
  • Even Feed Foot
  • Darning Foot
  • Several Scrap Muslin pieces for press cloths - disposable
  • Pieced and Pressed Backing Fabric
  • Painter's Masking Tape or Bull Clips
  • Rustproof 1" Safety Pins
  1. Cut a whole cloth (60/40 poly/cotton) the size you want for your quilt top and iron Totally Stable onto the back of it.
  2. Follow basic Crayon Art directions using instructions listed in the Crayon Art Project
  3. Enlarge to desired size and trace the SEASHELL DESIGNS (from the pattern sheet) onto Tear-Easy and cut them out for templates.
  4. Lightly spray KK 2000 on the Tear-Easy templates, place each one on the back of a sandpaper piece that is rough-cut slightly larger than each template, and trace the seashells onto the sandpaper.
    Sandpaper Seashells by the Seashore
  5. Use pressure to grind the crayon into the grid of the sandpaper. Color several or all of the seashell designs.
  6. Press them onto your quilt top using a hot iron and a new, clean muslin pressing cloth. Reapply the crayon to the sandpaper as needed to space the shell designs evenly all over the fabric.
  7. Use an old cheese grater and crayon to speckle the entire piece of fabric, avoiding the seashell designs. (Carol used the same blue she used for the seashells, adding just a couple of sprinkles of pink.) Use a clean brush to spread particles of crayon evenly. Press entire piece with a hot iron and a teflon pressing sheet to melt crayon specks.
  8. Machine wash with mild detergent. Line dry. Press.
  9. Use painter's masking tape to tape the backing fabric (right side down) to a table top or a hard surfaced floor. Keep it taut and smooth without stretching it. Spray half of it with KK 2000. Fold the batting in half and lay it over the sprayed half of the backing fabric. Smooth. Spray the other half of the backing fabric, then smooth out remaining half of batting. Spray the wrong side of the pressed quilt top and smooth over batting.

    When using KK 2000, use only half as many pins as you normally would.

  10. Use Sulky Rayon or Metallic Thread to free-motion stipple quilt around each seashell pattern and over entire rest of quilt. Carol used Sulky Metallic #7044 Rainbow Prism Blue.

For the pattern, we are providing it as a download from the browser below. You may click the image and then print the pattern that appears or you may save the image to your local hard drive.

The pattern is scaled to fit on an 8-1/2" X 11" piece of paper, though it might have to be rotated. If you wish to use a larger size, you can scale it up appropriately in your print dialog box or print it out as provided and enlarge it by some other means (copy machine, projector, local blueprint shop etc). 

If you wish to save to your local hard drive proceed as follows: 

PC users - right click on the image and select "save this image as..." in the pop up menu. 

Mac users - control click to bring up the popoup menu and then select "save this image as...".