A Primary Clown Wallhanging


Project Overview
This happy-go-lucky clown appliqué could add his smiling face to clothing as well as pillows, throws or a wallhanging for any child's room.

The clown design was adapted from a fabric print collection by Donna Wilder's "Free Spirit"™ Fabric company.

Delight your child or grandchild with this bright, easy to do appliqué! Let your child wake up to a smile everyday!

Make it today!

  • Sewing machine with an open-toe Appliqué Foot
  • Sulky Ultra Solvy™ - 12" Roll
  • Sulky KK 2000™ Temporary Spray Adhesive
  • Fine-line, permanent-ink black marker
  • Sulky 30 wt. Primary Color Threads
  • Sulky Totally Stable Iron-on Stabilizer
  • Sulky Polyester Invisible Thread
  • Quilter's 24" Ruler, Rotary Cutter and Mat
  • Iron-on Fusible Web with Release Sheet
  • Iron, Press Cloth and Pressing Surface
  • General Sewing Supplies


  • Fabrics: "Free Spirit" Clown Coordinates
    1-1/2 yd. of Clown Blocks if spelling out "Smile" with them as well as using them as a Border
    For off-set Checkerboard Borders:
      1/4 yd. of Primary Blue
      1/4 yd. of Dark Blue Print
      1/4 yd. of Primary Yellow
      1/4 yd. of Primary Red
    Fat Quarters of Solid White and Red
    Fat Quarters of 5 Coordinating Prints for Clown Clothes
    1/2 yd. for 5th Outer Border
    3/4 yd. of Blue Print for binding and Conerstone Blocks
    1 yd. of Primary Stripes - cut on bias
    1/4 yd. of small Checks for 3rd Border
    5/8 yd. of Primary Mottled Blue for foundation Block for Clown
    1-1/4 yd. for Backing
Preparing the Appliqué Fabrics
  1. Following the Clown Design on Pattern, generously cut fabric pieces at least 1/2" larger all around than each appliqué area. From the block fabric print, cut out Blocks for the Clown to juggle.
  2. Since the clown is symmetrical, there is no need to reverse the Clown Pattern. With a permanent-ink, fine-line black marker, trace the separate colored parts of the clown onto the paper release sheet of the fusible web.
  3. Iron them onto the appropriate fabrics, following the layout on the photo of the finished clown.
  4. Cut out designs on the drawn line, making sure your cut edges are smooth.
Solvy Overlay
  1. From a 12" wide roll of Ultra Solvy, cut a length that is longer than the clown pattern and trace the clown pattern onto it. Moisten the top edge of the unmarked side of the Ultra Solvy pattern by lightly wiping over it with a damp paper towel; place it over the blue background fabric. Use this Ultra Solvy pattern as an overlay to help you place the clown pieces. Keep the top edge attached at all times and lift up the rest slightly to place pieces under it.
  2. Spray the back of each piece with KK 2000 before putting it in place. Place the feet of the clown 3-1/2" up from the bottom and centered from left to right. Butt edges of the appliqué pieces together. Place letter blocks above the clown spelling out S-M-I-L-E.
Appliqué the Design
  1. Look closely at the photo of the finished clown to note that all of the corners where satin-stitched lines meet are squared off, not mitered. Choose the corner method you most prefer. Follow numbers for stitching order. Also, a double line may be used as we did where the hand meets the shirt. You might find that decorative stitches in combinations would also be cute.
  2. Apply Sulky Totally Stable Iron-on Stabilizer to the back of the blue fabric. Stitch the Blocks with contrasting primary colors of Sulky 30 wt. Cotton or Rayon Thread. Use an open-toe appliqué foot. Reduce the top tension slightly for a softer looking satin stitch. Appliqué all of the pieces.
  3. Trace the facial features on a small piece of the Ultra Solvy. Dampen it with a moist paper towel and finger press it over a small piece of the face fabric. Let dry. Stitch the facial features with tapered satin stitches. Remove the Solvy.
  4. Add borders: cut strips on the bias to get a spiraled look. Spray KK 2000 between layers of quilt top, batting and backing. Quilt with Sulky Thread. Bind


For the pattern, we are providing it as a download from the browser below. Click the image and then follow the instructions on the resulting page.

The pattern is scaled to fit on one or more 8-1/2" X 11" pieces 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).