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How To’s Day: Wallace the Whale Tutorial

August 19th, 2014 by Camelot Fabrics

Hi everyone!






Happy Tuesday! We hope you all having a fabulous day so far. We cannot believe that there are only two more weeks till September…is it time to start taking out the fall coats and boots yet? We’re excited for what’s to come in Autumn, but hoping we’ll get a few more hot-weather days! :)


It’s time for this week’s How To’s Day! And boy, oh, boy are we excited to share our newest friend with you all. We got so many amazing responses on our Endearing Elephants and Roonie the Raccoon, we just had to bring a new guy to the clan! Today we are sharing our Wallace the Whale tutorial on the blog, our adorable and friendly whale plushie who just makes our hearts swoon. Wallace is a larger sized plush animal, so he is perfect as a cuddly pillow and toy for your little nuggets. He would look so sweet in an “under the sea” themed kid’s bedroom or nursery – both decorative and super huggable!





Who says that toys have to be primary colors and an eyesore? We love that Wallace the Whale can be made with the most stylish of fabrics – we love the fun prints we used from our Design Studio Collection. Wallace is looking quite dashing, if you ask us! :)






To make your very own Wallace the Whale (…or Whitney, if you prefer!), click HERE to see the full tutorial and pattern. We hope you love our wonderfully, witty Wallace the Whale. Wow, now that’s a mouthful (haha!).






– 2/3 yard of The Design Studio quilting cotton (44” wide) from Camelot Fabrics in 2140504 #1 for Wallace’s Back
– 1/2 yard of The Design Studio quilting cotton (44” wide) from Camelot Fabrics in 2140507 #2 for Wallace’s Belly
– Fiber stuffing or fabric scraps
– Paper printer
– Contrasting embroidery floss & an embroidery hoop, for eyes
– 2 yds of ribbon, for hanging (optional)
– Basic sewing supplies: sewing machine, needle & coordinating thread, iron & pressing surface, scissors & fabric shears, straight pins. and a fabric marker


1. Please wash, dry & iron your fabric before beginning.
2. Use a 1/4” seam allowance throughout.
3. All seams are sewn Right Sides together.


1. Print the Wallace the Whale template PDF at 100% scale and cut out the pages at their marked borders. Join the pages according to their numbered triangles and cut out the templates pieces.
2. Trace or pin the template to your fabric as indicated on the pattern pieces, and cut out the pieces in fabric. Take care to include the notches!
You will have:
– (2) Back pieces, mirror images of each other
– (2) Back fins, mirror images of each other
– (1) Belly, cut on the fold line
- (2) Belly fins, mirror images of each other

Note: For a directional print, trace the Back piece (2x) onto a single layer of fabric as shown, so that in both pieces the fabric’s pattern runs from the top of Wallace’s back toward his belly.
For non-directional cottons, cut your pieces from folded double layers of fabric.



1. Transfer the Eye marks from the Back template to the Back fabric pieces. If you’re having trouble seeing the Eye through your fabric, use straight pins to mark either end and the center of the Eye curve, then trace between the pin points.
2. Embroider a sleepy Eye on each Back piece.


1. Sew the Fins to their matching body pieces as shown, with the notches aligned (the fins should point toward the tail ends of the body pieces). Press these seams toward the fins.


2. Baste the ends of your ribbon to the Wrong Side of one Back piece as shown, at the notch in its top edge. The raw ends of the ribbon should point toward the fabric’s edge, and the long loop should point away from the edge.


3. Sew the Back pieces together as shown, from the center of the tail to the tip of the nose. Clip into your curves & press the seam open. Turn Wallace Right Side out, press the seam again and turn him Wrong Side out once more.


4. Pin & sew the Belly & its Fins to the Back & its Fins. Begin by pinning the tails together, then the Fins where they join the bodies, then around the remaining body, fin & nose edges. Leave a 4” gap behind one Fin, for turning. Backstitch at the beginning & end of this seam.
Note: When sewing around the nose, have the Back pieces facing upward and be sure to keep them smooth as you go, to prevent any bunching or puckering.


5. Clip into the corners where the Fins join the body, and around your curves. Press the seam open & turn the whale Right Side out through the gap behind his Fin. A knitting needle or length of dowel makes it easier to invert the tips of his Fins & tail.
6. Stuff Wallace firmly, making sure to stuff all the way into his tail & Fins, and whipstitch the gap closed.
7. To eliminate any bulging between the Fins, stitch in the ditch (by hand) between the top & bottom seams of each Fin, closing the gap between them. You’ll want to use a doubled-up thread for this part.



We hope you have enjoyed our super sweet Wallace the Wallace tutorial this week! We would love to know what you think. If you decide to give this tutorial a try, or any of our DIYs, we’d love to see! You can send all your pictures to or tag us on Instagram (#camelotfabrics). Have a whale of time (haha)! :)





Happy Sewing!


21 Responses to “How To’s Day: Wallace the Whale Tutorial”

  1. August 19, 2014 at 4:29 pm, Tina G. said:

    Super cute!
    Love the fabric!

  2. August 22, 2014 at 1:06 pm, Vicki F said:

    What a great pattern – I’m going to make this today! Thanks! :)

  3. August 26, 2014 at 4:39 pm, susan said:

    is the seam allowance included or do i add it to the pattern pieces?

    • August 27, 2014 at 9:31 am, said:

      Hi Susan! Great question – it is included, no need to account for extra fabric :) Happy Sewing!

  4. August 30, 2014 at 8:31 pm, susan said:

    hi me again! i am just about done with my wallace. am sewing the final seam. i pinned starting at the tail and went up toward the head. i have excess fabric on the underside. i know i cut right, has anyone else had this problem? thoughts?

    • September 10, 2014 at 2:20 pm, Steph said:

      This is happening to me right now. I can’t get it to fit without having folds etc. I am sewing it without the folds so starting at about an inch above the fins, I am off and by the top of the mouth have about an inch of the bottom fabric overhang.

      • September 17, 2014 at 10:26 am, said:

        So sorry you’re having issues! Let me ask the project designer for their suggestion.

    • December 22, 2015 at 1:52 am, Liz said:

      I’m having the same issue right now as well… I’m going to just fit and cut.

  5. September 18, 2014 at 6:01 pm, Jackie said:

    Thanks so much for the Whale Pattern. I am going to make it for my grandson and granddaughter. Can not wait to get started.

  6. January 09, 2015 at 9:12 pm, Donna said:

    I just made this Whale for my Grandchild’s nursery . so cute ! Thank you

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  8. March 29, 2015 at 2:52 pm, Theresa Lugo said:

    Im still very much a novice in sewing and I usually make my own patterns or just wing it. Basically, Im struggling with how the pattern fits together. Is there any way you could send a picture of the cut out pattern. Im sorry if its a silly request but I don’t see how it works. I’d be extremely grateful for a few more picture examples!!!

    • April 07, 2015 at 4:37 pm, said:

      Hi Theresa, could you email us at We’ll be sure to send the pattern designer any of your questions :) Thanks!!

  9. November 06, 2015 at 4:28 am, Becky Jorgensen said:

    I love this whale plushie! Super love that it can be hung on a child’s room! Love the super cute sleeping eyes, and the fabric too! Thanks for sharing! It was featured here:

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  11. May 05, 2016 at 2:42 pm, Olga said:

    Hallo! I also have a problem with the whale pattern. The down piece seems to be longer as the top piece. I just printed the Wallace the Whale template PDF at 100% scale and pasted parts together according to the numbers on the pattern. I’m sure i did it right but the down piece is longer. What should i do? Please help me!

    • August 26, 2016 at 6:18 pm, Kaylee said:

      I am having the same issue…>

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  13. August 27, 2016 at 8:23 pm, Delphine said:

    Hello Vanessa, thank you for a great tutorial, I can’t part with my Wallace! I’ve even referred to your tutorial in one of my blog posts, hopefully there will be many more Wallaces out there!

    • August 30, 2016 at 1:15 pm, Claire Haillot said:

      > Thank you Delphine!

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