Clamshell Edges 3.5 inch PDF


Print on fabric with Clamshell Edges 3.5-inch for better results than with clamshell acrylic templates.

These partial clamshells are perfect for finishing a clamshell quilt with a straight edge and for other designs.

ISBN: 978-1-927788-52-3 SKU: CLAMEDGE35 Listed under: , , ,


Printing the stitching lines and matching marks on the fabric with Clamshell Edges 3.5-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 these partial clamshell shapes. 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.

partial clamshell shapes to finish the edge of a quilt

I originally designed the Clamshell Edges 3.5-inch shape collection to offer the 4 shapes to finish clamshell quilts with a straight edge—but it does so much more! There is inspiration everywhere for new block designs.

There are other Clamshell shape collections available, so you can buy exactly what you need. Clamshell 3.5-inch is sold separately.

dimen Clamshell 3.5 inch shapes

Sewing with Inklingo is more fun because everything fits perfectly, presses well, and lies flat when you have matching marks on the curves and a line to sew along.

Machine piece clamshell curves

You can hand piece or machine piece the larger sizes.

Features of this Shape Collection (PDF)

  • partial Clamshell shapes to print on fabric for quilt edges OR new block designs
  • 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
  • ideal for small scraps
  • instructions for sewing curves by hand and by machine
  • notes about pressing
  • perfect for fussy cutting and charm quilts as described on the blog
  • design notes
  • worksheets to plan your quilt

setting for clamshell quilt variation

The preparation is so much simpler that you can spend extra time playing with new designs.

There are wonderful opportunities for fussy cutting with TWO Inklingo methods and you can get perfect points (above) with Inklingo. The fine, precise lines printed on the fabric simplify the cutting and sewing. Why I don’t sell acrylic templates.

Print clamshell shapes on fabric with your Inkjet

The shapes are laid out to use fabric efficiently. Use a rotary cutter or scissors.

Love the lines. Quilt more!

Relax and sew! Spend your time sewing, not getting ready to sew. 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 rotary cutter (red lines above).

Rotary Cut Clamshell without templates

Clamshell Design Ideas

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

Use this Clamshell shape with any pattern, like the Clamshell Quilt in Kaffe Fassett’s Museum Quilts(2005).


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