No Rush – Besties – Bluebell Tortoise


  • Fabric Type: Cotton
  • Brand:
  • Theme: Animals
  • Pattern: Tortoise
  • Main Colour: Blue
  • Fabric Width: Approximately 110cm (43 inches)
  • Fat Quarter Size: Approximately 55cm x 50cm (21 ½ x 19 ½ inches)
  • Skinny Quarter Size: Approximately 25cm (8.9 inches) x 110cm (43 inches)
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Tortoises have been kept as pets for so long that even the Egyptians were thought to keep them as companions. They were such a status symbol for the Romans that they were even gifted to royalty and other important people of the time. Yet we rarely celebrate this pet that has brought company and joy to so many people through history for so long. That’s where this pattern comes in!

This beautiful tortoise cotton fabric has been lovingly designed by Tula Pink as part of the “Besties” collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics, as part of a celebration of our most loved companions from the animal world. In a “bluebell” colour scheme, the entire pattern has been coloured in varying shades of bold aqua-blue. The simplicity of the colouring stands out strikingly against a pristine white background, making it very easy for this fabric to catch the eye.

One majestic tortoise repeats over this design. Again this echoes the simplicity of the colour scheme. However, this tortoise is anything but simple. Every tortoise has a unique shell, but this one is especially so. It has been decorated with an intricate leaf patterning all over its body and shell. The pattern gracefully dances across the turtle’s body, changing with the contours of its shell to reflect the natural shell patterning and add more depth to the image.

The tortoise is positioned slightly off-centre. As if it were about to step out from the fabric but changed its mind at the last moment and decided to turn off to the side instead. This curious creature looks to be exploring, maybe on the cusp of a grand adventure or maybe a quest for the tastiest leaf. The tortoise’s body extends gracefully out of its shell, with its feet bent as if it is pushing itself forward moving slowly towards its destination. There is a look of contentment on its face as it happily moves around its tranquil world.

Between the tortoises, the leaf patterning is repeated in a larger form with flowers and other leaf shapes intertwining and weaving in and around the animals. Not only does it help give the fabric an ornate feel by giving a harmonious pattern, but the foliage also helps add a feeling of nature and abundance to this little creature’s world.

This pattern is printed on high-quality cotton, making it both soft and durable and suitable for a wide range of uses. It is suitable for anything from crafting to quilting but we think it would be particularly fun to make a tortoise tea cosy or a perfect pet pocket square!

This tortoise fabric is available for purchase in various quantities. You can order it by the meter (39 inches) or half a meter (19 ½ inches). If you need larger amounts, then don’t worry as we will send any multiple quantities as a continuous piece. If you require a smaller amount, a convenient fat quarter option measuring approximately 55cm x 50cm (around 21 ½ x 19 ½ inches) is also available.

So if you want your next sewing project to have a more unique feel to it, then we hope that this unusual tortoise cotton fabric will help your creativity to crawl out of its shell!

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Manufacturer Part Number: PWTP216 BLUEBELL

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