Free Christmas appliqué templates

Mandy Shaw Christmas applique hanging

As the lights get switched on around the UK this week and Black Friday Sales fill up our inboxes, enjoy a spot of seasonal stitching with Mandy Shaw’s Christmas appliqué patterns.

We’re sharing this folk-art-style download with you for free from our archives.

We first featured Mandy’s Merry Christmas Wall Hanging (pictured above) way back in issue 2 and it has been one of our most popular ever Christmas projects, and so we’re bringing you a taster of it today!

Her adorable folk art-style scene features some of our favourite festive motifs, including decorated trees, reindeer and gingerbread men. It’s a gentle introduction to the art of appliqué using fusible web.

To sew up your own mini version of Mandy’s seasonal scene, you can download Mandy’s Christmas appliqué templates here – featuring the gingerbread men, house and tree from her original project.

Christmas applique templates

Queen of the festive motifs, Mandy Shaw has created some of our favourite classic Christmas quilts and projects in recent years, including her Follow your own star medallion quilt (below) from issue 17.

Mandy Shaw patchwork quilt

If you like this design, browse the collection of Mandy’s classic Christmas sewing kits (including the sweet nativity heart decoration below) over at You can see more of Mandy’s work over at and in her regular appearances on Sewing Quarter TV.

All about appliquéMandy Shaw sewing kit

The term ‘appliqué’ comes from the French word appliquér, which means ‘to apply’ or ‘to put on’. The technique has been popular for centuries and is a wonderful way to express individuality. It can be used to create some stunning designs, as seen in Baltimore album quilts, which often feature floral motifs.

Appliqué inspired by folk-art images never seems to lose its appeal, as Mandy’s charming designs show. Thanks to developments in products such as fusible web and fabric glues, there are many appliqué methods available to us today, including the fusible web method used in Mandy’s wall hanging.