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Bear Paw Quilt Block

How to sew a bear paw block

This is an effective block and quick to sew. Our block measures 7.5 inches (7 inch finished size). 

Custom printed fabrics from Prinfab


To make our 7 inch finished block, you will need:

Background Fabric (yellow)

A – Four 1.5 inch squares

B – Eight 2 inch squares

C – Four 1.5 inch x 3.5 inch rectangles

‘Paw’ Fabric (green)

B – Eight 2 inch squares

D – Four 2.5 inch squares

Centre Square (dark blue)

A – One 1.5 inch square

I have used fabrics designed by Fiona and printed by Prinfab on their cotton poplin fabric. Prinfab is a British fabric printing company which offers 18 different types of fabric for you to print your designs on.

Use a quarter inch seam allowance throughout.


Step 1

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Take a background B square and place it right sides together with a ‘paw’ B square. Draw a faint diagonal line across the centre and then sew a quarter inch each side of the line. Cut along the line and open out to yield two half square triangle units. Press seams open and then trim the unit to 1.5 inches square.

Make a total of 16 half square triangle units.


Step 2

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Following the image above, join two half square triangle units together and then join to a background A square to make the first ‘row’.

Then join two more half square triangle units together in an opposite pairing to the pairing above and join to the ‘paw’ D square as above.

Join the two rows together to form a complete bear paw unit.

Make a total of four bear paw units.


Step 3

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Following the image above, make three rows by attaching a bear paw unit to a background C rectangle, then attaching another bear paw unit. Take care to sew them in the correct orientation.

Make the centre row by sewing a background C rectangle to the centre square and adding a further background C rectangle.

Sew the final row as for the first row, orientating the units correctly. Trim the finished block to size (7.5 inches).