Clamshell 3 inch PDF

(6 customer reviews)


Print on fabric with Clamshell 3-inch for better results than with clamshell acrylic templates.

Sew this size by hand or machine. It is wonderful with or without fussy cutting.

ISBN: 978-1-926770-32-1 SKU: CLAM3 Listed under: , , ,


Printing the stitching lines and matching marks on fabric for Clamshell 3-inch makes it easier to sew the curves than with acrylic templates.

If you google “clamshell quilt,” you will find many ways to design with this shape. Clamshell quilts have a long history.

System Requirements – Windows or Mac with Adobe Reader (not a phone or tablet) and any ordinary color Inkjet printer or all-in-one.

dimensions of 3 inch Clamshell quilt shape

This shape collection PDF includes one shape, one size. There are other Clamshell shape collections available, so you can buy exactly what you need. You might want to add Clamshell Edges 3-inch and Clamshell Sashing 3-inch to this order.

Sewing with Inklingo is more fun because everything fits perfectly, presses well, and lies flat.

dimensions of 3 inch Clamshell quilt shape

Hand piece or . . .

Machine piece clamshell curves

. . . machine piece these larger sizes.

Features of this Shape Collection (PDF)

  • whole Clamshell to print on fabric
  • diagrams showing how much fabric you need
  • shapes without seam allowances to print on freezer paper (just in case you want templates)

& More

  • use a rotary cutter or scissors
  • a choice of layouts for straight grain
  • ideal for small scraps
  • instructions for sewing curves
  • perfect for fussy cutting and charm quilts as described on the blog
  • design notes
  • worksheets to plan your quilt

Theresa in England says: I can not believe how easy these are to piece together. Being inexperienced at piecing together curved shapes. . .The directions are clear and the clamshells go together so easily and quickly.

Clamshells ready to sew

There are wonderful opportunities for fussy cutting with TWO Inklingo methods.

Print clamshell shapes on scrap fabric

Love the lines. Quilt more!

Relax and sew! Spend your time stitching, not getting ready to stitch. Print the cutting and stitching lines on scraps from your stash.

If you are new to Inklingo, I strongly recommend starting with the free Diamond Triangle Square shape collection. It includes the first chapter of The Inklingo Handbook and some great shapes to print on fabric to get you started.

Video How to Rotary Cut Curves

Video How to Rotary Cut Curves

rotary cut clamshell shapes for quilts

At least some of the cutting can be done with a 28mm or 45mm rotary cutter (red lines above).


Clamshell Design Ideas

If you are looking for exciting ways to use a Clamshell Quilt Template, you have come to the right place!

6 reviews for Clamshell 3 inch PDF

  1. Jeannette (verified owner)

    Even though I was using 4.5″ charms to work on my clamshells I found that using Inklingo to print templates gave excellent cutting and sewing lines. My curves came out elegantly and smoothly. Impressive!

  2. Irene O (verified owner)

    Sewing calmshells with Inklingo is precise, easyily and quickly.
    I love it. Thank you Linda.

  3. Karen (verified owner)

    Clamshells steal my heart! I never could have imagined making a clamshell piece without inklingo. You mean there is another way? I was approached in the Drs office waiting room by a woman that was in awe of my work. I hated to admit it was so simple. And fun! I’m thinking of starting another. I love the fact that the worksheets allow YOU TO PLAN exactly what you want, too. It’s just right here. Perfect!

  4. Theresa (verified owner)

    I can not believe how easy these are to piece together. Being inexperienced at piecing together curved shapes I was rather nervous of this collection – I need not have been though. The directions are clear and the clamshells go together so easily and quickly.

  5. Anneke (verified owner)

    I find these clamshells very inspiring. Very handy that this collection goes with a collection with fitting edges! I have made a few EQ designs which use both clamshells and clamshell edges. You can find pictures on my blog

  6. Peggy (verified owner)

    I love clamshells but I never would have attempted to make a clamshell quilt until I met Inklingo. The pieces go together really precise and so easy with the matching points to guide me. Thanks, Linda

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