Safari - Applique Animal Quilt Pattern

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Elephants! Zebras! Lions! Rhinos! Monkeys! Crocodiles! And more! Twelve of the cutest safari animals you might want to cuddle up with. :-)

The pattern is so much more than just a pattern. It’s really an applique workshop disguised as a pattern. :-) If you know how to use your sewing machine, you can make this cuddly safari quilt!

There are links to videos teaching you three different applique techniques – needle turn, machine applique, and applique with fusible adhesive – and the pattern includes pieces laid out special to work with printable products. Why not make the most of the fact that it’s a digital pattern and skip the tracing altogether?

I used applique with fusible adhesive and Quilt As You Go to make a super easy quilt – almost all done on the machine. The only handwork was the final step of the binding. That’s my favorite part to do by hand because it gives me some lap time with my new quilt. :-)

The pattern is actually a collection of TWELVE different animal patterns. You can see them all in the second image.

Make a crib, nap, or twin-sized quilt, of course. But you can also use the applique patterns on their own to embellish T-shirts, make tote bags, pillows and more. You can even shrink them down to use as embroidery patterns. :-)

What You Get. . .

* Twelve fun animal applique patterns – full size so there’s no enlarging needed

* Reversed and exploded applique patterns for use with freezer paper or fusible adhesive. Every piece has the name of the animal on it so it’s easy to assemble after you’ve cut it all apart. It works great with printable freezer paper sheets or printable fusible adhesive sheets. No tracing!

* Detailed instructions and lots of step by step photos – you’ll never feel lost or wonder if you’re doing it right

* Links to videos teaching you all the skills you’ll need to complete the project. It’s a workshop disguised as a pattern! The main instructions are for applique with fusible adhesive, but the pattern also has instructions and pattern pieces for any applique technique.

* Detailed cutting instructions for crib, nap and twin sized quilts.
Instructions for assembling the quilt – layering, basting, quilting and binding – with links to videos for all of them – including links to Quilt As You Go videos.

What You Need. . .

Crib Size (50″ square) (shown in the third photo)

* 2 1/8 yards of a variety of background fabrics

* a variety of prints in animal colors (get at least 4 fat quarters, but you’ll probably want more for variety)

* 2 1/2 yards fabric for the quilt back (or 1 1/2 yards Cuddle Fleece)

* 1/2 yard binding fabric

Napping Size (50″ x 60″) (shown in the fourth photo)

* 2 1/2 yards of a variety of background fabrics

* a variety of prints in animal colors (get at least 8 fat quarters, but you’ll probably want more for variety)

* 4 yards fabric for the quilt back (or 2 yards Cuddle Fleece)

*1/2 yard binding fabric

Twin Size (70″ x 90″) (shown in the fifth photo)

* 4 5/8 yards of a variety of background fabrics

* a variety of prints in animal colors (get at least 16 fat quarters, but you’ll probably want more for variety)

* 5 yards fabric for the quilt back (or 4 yards Cuddle Fleece)

* 5/8 yard binding fabric

Other Materials. . .

* batting (I love Warm & Natural 100% cotton batting)

* freezer paper (for machine applique technique) – either a roll from the grocery store, or printable freezer paper

* fusible adhesive (if using applique with fusible adhesive technique) – I recommend SoftFuse for extra softness or Printable Fusible Adhesive [what I used] for no tracing and less fraying.


I designed this quilt to teach applique – so it’s great for beginners, and a fun and relaxing project for more experienced stitchers.

If you can use your sewing machine, you have the skills you need to make this quilt. You Can Do It!

Are you ready to make this quilt? It’s a PDF pattern so you’ll get it instantly.

Average review
Great fun. N n n
May 2, 2016 by Maryruth
Can't wait to give this a
Apr 20, 2015 by gg
Great pattern and very helpful instructions. Thanks!
Feb 26, 2015 by Erin Glaser

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