New Zealand Leaf Blankets
5 leaf shapes in large sizes

New Zealand Leaf Blankets
5 leaf shapes in large sizes

$10.00 USD
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Bring a bit of the New Zealand rainforest inside by sewing a whimsical, quilted leaf blanket.  A simple, satisfying project, these versatile leaves are perfect for cuddling and playtime.  

Dreamed up by Lisa's sweet, nature-loving girl, a portion of the sales went towards reforestation projects and protecting animal habitat.  Read more about her project here.

Skill level: Beginner.  No quilting experience required, and all you need is a regular sewing machine.

* There is a Bundle of New Zealand 
Leaf Blanket patterns in all sizes for the best value *

 

  • Five different leaf types: Kawakawa, Kowhai, Makomako, Puka, and Rangiora
  • Two versatile blanket sizes: small and large
  • Clear step-by-step tutorial with photos AND videos
  • Quilting tips (can be quilted with regular home sewing machine)
  • Inspiration photos

 

Sizing + Supplies

View materials list + finished size chart 

Printing Info

This is a print-at-home PDF pattern and includes three printing options:

  1. US Letter/A4 - tiled and designed to print on your home printer
  2. Copyshop - A0 wide-format file  (33.1″ x 46.8″) 
  3. Projector - specially-formatted and optimized for home projector use.   Read more about using our projector files here 

All pattern printing formats include “layers”, allowing you to print only the size(s) you need, or all of the sizes. 

View FAQ 
Read more on the blog

The last 6 photos show the mini sized leaf blanket available in the bundle, using the dropdown menu.

~ Cover image by Ruth Phillips ~

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Customer Reviews

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Sara (Folsom, US)
Great patterns!

Made the large maple leaf yesterday and it was such a fun project, it’s adorable! It’ll be a comfy play mat for my baby any day now (if my cat doesn’t claim it!). Alas, I realized as I was almost done quilting the veins that the morphology in the pattern is wrong - as a forest ecologist who teaches plant ID and taxonomy, this will always slightly bother me…. but probably not enough to seam rip and redo the bottom veins so the palmate venation starts at the bottom rather than ~6” up. I just wish I had noticed earlier so I could have drawn them right. That’s the only reason for the 4 stars rather than 5 - the directions and all that were very clear.

Hello Sara!

Thank you for stopping in with such a thoughtful review. I'm delighted to hear that you enjoyed sewing your Leaf Blanket, and are looking forward to your wee little one getting to play on it. Best of wishes for welcoming Baby into your family happy and healthy, whatever journey they are taking to get there!

We appreciate you pointing out the discrepancy in our maple leaf veins - we too are very big on the importance of nature education, and appreciated getting to learn something new, as we weren't aware and didn't notice this small detail in designing the Leaves! We will certainly make note of this to address in the future, so thank you for the education.

All the best to you, and happy sewing!

J
Jordana (College Station, US)
Versatility at it's finest

Although I used the "doll sized" XS blanket, I used the Tropical Leaf bundle to make different textured sensory-friendly leaves! They get quite the amount of love at the park, especially where the swings are metal and the temperatures reach well over 100 degrees. My son has a soft, cushioned toddler-sized seat to take with him whether he is swinging high or sliding low. They are also wonderful for "quiet" time. When overwhelmed, the sensation of different textures can help calm the nervous system. This pattern is an absolute win, with the limits being set by your imagination.

K
Katherine Duncan (Melbourne, AU)
Outstanding patterns and easy step-by-step instructions

This make was very simple to follow and turned out beautifully. I am a beginner sewer and have never quilted before, but the instructions were easy to follow and I managed to produce a leaf like the ones in the photos.

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Chellsea Jones (Syracuse, US)
Large Paw-Paw

Felt tickled to find a paw-paw pattern at all. They hold a special significance to me as the only "tropical" fruit native to northeast USA. I made this as a "tummy time" baby blanket for foodie friends. I'm an intermediate seamstess, and this was an easy project to follow and complete. The directions were clear and simple to understand, I really appreciate that you can separate the layers of the pattern to print only what you want. It would be helpful to use a walking foot for the quilting lines if you've got one. I felt lazy after I couldn't get the walking foot to work(note to self, don't be lazy!) and I didn't pin the layers together and they did shift a bit. Otherwise the sewing was a great project for beginners. From start to finish it took me maybe 5 hours. I can wait to make the other leaves in the set!

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sue parker (Lagos, PT)
Maple playmat

Absolutely loved this pattern I purchased the bundle along with forest carry cradle and toadstool. The maple leave in particular is so pretty and I have plans to make place settings from smaller version

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Katarina R (Leipzig, DE)
Great for special play mats

I bought this pattern to make a play mat for my baby and to add some interest. I made two leaves and attached them to the mat. I sewed crinkle material in one leaf, that is so fun for my little one! An easy pattern with great instructions and perfect to create your own activity mat.

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Addy de Kam (Barcelona, ES)
Just beautiful

Finally I made these beautiful little leaves for a Waldorf/farm school. I used thriftstore sheets and lined them with thriftstore fleece blankets. I’m very happy with the result. The instructions were good as always.

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Corinna (Hamburg, DE)

What a joy sewing these leaves! I could do this on and on. They are easy to sew and yet look amazing. I've used the smaller sizes to make some XL coasters for family dinner. Perfect sizes for saucepans and at the same time a beautiful decoration of the table.

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Martha Thornton (Canby, US)
Hop to it!

I am using this pattern to make a "Princess Tiana" dress from Disney's Princess and the Frog for my magical granddaughter. Huh? you say? But wait. The dress is what the dress it, but it calls for an overskirt, and I'm making connected lily pads to make the over-skirt. Then, when I have time, I'm going to up the pattern ginormous, and make a lily pad cape for her. Cute story...I'd been sewing madly from mid-January to mid-March, with 5 different dresses. Then, with my husband's decline from a very rare dementia, I've been busy! Frontotemporal Degeneration isn't for the faint of heart! Anyway, Eleanor's Daddy was driving her up to see us, and, on the drive, she told our son that she was SURE Babushka would have a new dress. He said I'd been really busy, and didn't think so. She persisted in her fantasy, and he broke it to her that I usually send him photos in advance and none had been received. When they arrived and he told her the story, she was very chagrined. But then I consoled her with the reality that I wanted her help for fabric and trim selection for the next make, and she LOVED that she was my #1 consultant. Five and a half is very cooperative and helpful and fun and loving...and she loved the idea of the lily pad accoutrements.

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Claire (Christchurch, NZ)
Such a fun pattern.

Great clear instructions as ever with twig and tale patterns. I've made the small so far as a baby shower gift but will be coming back to make a set of the minis from scraps. It didn't take very long at all once I'd made my fabric for the front.

Customer Reviews

Based on 107 reviews
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Sara (Folsom, US)
Great patterns!

Made the large maple leaf yesterday and it was such a fun project, it’s adorable! It’ll be a comfy play mat for my baby any day now (if my cat doesn’t claim it!). Alas, I realized as I was almost done quilting the veins that the morphology in the pattern is wrong - as a forest ecologist who teaches plant ID and taxonomy, this will always slightly bother me…. but probably not enough to seam rip and redo the bottom veins so the palmate venation starts at the bottom rather than ~6” up. I just wish I had noticed earlier so I could have drawn them right. That’s the only reason for the 4 stars rather than 5 - the directions and all that were very clear.

Hello Sara!

Thank you for stopping in with such a thoughtful review. I'm delighted to hear that you enjoyed sewing your Leaf Blanket, and are looking forward to your wee little one getting to play on it. Best of wishes for welcoming Baby into your family happy and healthy, whatever journey they are taking to get there!

We appreciate you pointing out the discrepancy in our maple leaf veins - we too are very big on the importance of nature education, and appreciated getting to learn something new, as we weren't aware and didn't notice this small detail in designing the Leaves! We will certainly make note of this to address in the future, so thank you for the education.

All the best to you, and happy sewing!

J
Jordana (College Station, US)
Versatility at it's finest

Although I used the "doll sized" XS blanket, I used the Tropical Leaf bundle to make different textured sensory-friendly leaves! They get quite the amount of love at the park, especially where the swings are metal and the temperatures reach well over 100 degrees. My son has a soft, cushioned toddler-sized seat to take with him whether he is swinging high or sliding low. They are also wonderful for "quiet" time. When overwhelmed, the sensation of different textures can help calm the nervous system. This pattern is an absolute win, with the limits being set by your imagination.

K
Katherine Duncan (Melbourne, AU)
Outstanding patterns and easy step-by-step instructions

This make was very simple to follow and turned out beautifully. I am a beginner sewer and have never quilted before, but the instructions were easy to follow and I managed to produce a leaf like the ones in the photos.

C
Chellsea Jones (Syracuse, US)
Large Paw-Paw

Felt tickled to find a paw-paw pattern at all. They hold a special significance to me as the only "tropical" fruit native to northeast USA. I made this as a "tummy time" baby blanket for foodie friends. I'm an intermediate seamstess, and this was an easy project to follow and complete. The directions were clear and simple to understand, I really appreciate that you can separate the layers of the pattern to print only what you want. It would be helpful to use a walking foot for the quilting lines if you've got one. I felt lazy after I couldn't get the walking foot to work(note to self, don't be lazy!) and I didn't pin the layers together and they did shift a bit. Otherwise the sewing was a great project for beginners. From start to finish it took me maybe 5 hours. I can wait to make the other leaves in the set!

s
sue parker (Lagos, PT)
Maple playmat

Absolutely loved this pattern I purchased the bundle along with forest carry cradle and toadstool. The maple leave in particular is so pretty and I have plans to make place settings from smaller version

K
Katarina R (Leipzig, DE)
Great for special play mats

I bought this pattern to make a play mat for my baby and to add some interest. I made two leaves and attached them to the mat. I sewed crinkle material in one leaf, that is so fun for my little one! An easy pattern with great instructions and perfect to create your own activity mat.

A
Addy de Kam (Barcelona, ES)
Just beautiful

Finally I made these beautiful little leaves for a Waldorf/farm school. I used thriftstore sheets and lined them with thriftstore fleece blankets. I’m very happy with the result. The instructions were good as always.

C
Corinna (Hamburg, DE)

What a joy sewing these leaves! I could do this on and on. They are easy to sew and yet look amazing. I've used the smaller sizes to make some XL coasters for family dinner. Perfect sizes for saucepans and at the same time a beautiful decoration of the table.

M
Martha Thornton (Canby, US)
Hop to it!

I am using this pattern to make a "Princess Tiana" dress from Disney's Princess and the Frog for my magical granddaughter. Huh? you say? But wait. The dress is what the dress it, but it calls for an overskirt, and I'm making connected lily pads to make the over-skirt. Then, when I have time, I'm going to up the pattern ginormous, and make a lily pad cape for her. Cute story...I'd been sewing madly from mid-January to mid-March, with 5 different dresses. Then, with my husband's decline from a very rare dementia, I've been busy! Frontotemporal Degeneration isn't for the faint of heart! Anyway, Eleanor's Daddy was driving her up to see us, and, on the drive, she told our son that she was SURE Babushka would have a new dress. He said I'd been really busy, and didn't think so. She persisted in her fantasy, and he broke it to her that I usually send him photos in advance and none had been received. When they arrived and he told her the story, she was very chagrined. But then I consoled her with the reality that I wanted her help for fabric and trim selection for the next make, and she LOVED that she was my #1 consultant. Five and a half is very cooperative and helpful and fun and loving...and she loved the idea of the lily pad accoutrements.

C
Claire (Christchurch, NZ)
Such a fun pattern.

Great clear instructions as ever with twig and tale patterns. I've made the small so far as a baby shower gift but will be coming back to make a set of the minis from scraps. It didn't take very long at all once I'd made my fabric for the front.