Quilted heart tutorial

Hey everyone!  The Quilted Heart Tutorial is here!  Just two weeks away from Christmas and I have the perfect, quick project for you to make.  These hearts are oozing with charm and a bit of nostalgia with the buttons, ribbon and vintage quilting.

Quilted Heart Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter includes a printable template for two heart sizes. This is a quick and easy project to add a charming touch to your decor and it makes a great gift!

You can make them any size you want by adjusting the size of the heart.  I’ve included a large and a small size in my tutorial.

Quilted Heart Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter includes a printable template for two heart sizes. This is a quick and easy project to add a charming touch to your decor and it makes a great gift!

Quilted Heart Tutorial

Note:  The instructions are written for the larger heart.

Supplies:

  • 4 coordinating 5″ squares for front
  • 9 1/2″ square for back
  • 10″ (or so) square batting
  • polyester filling for stuffing
  • 3 buttons
  • 1/4″ – 3/8″ wide ribbon for bow
  • 1/8″ wide ribbon for hanging
  • pinking shears or rotary cutter with pinking blade

Heart:

  1. Print out the Quilted Heart Template at actual size.  Cut the heart shapes out of paper or make a clear template using template plastic (this will make it easier to position the heart shape).
  2. Make a 4-patch using the 5″ squares.  Use 1/4″ seam allowance.
  3. Baste the 4-patch and the batting together. Quilted Heart Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter includes a printable template for two heart sizes. This is a quick and easy project to add a charming touch to your decor and it makes a great gift!
  4. Quilt by machine or by hand.  For this example, I used a quilting stitch (#1346) on my Bernina 770.   I marked a 1″ grid first.  I used King Tut thread by Superior Threads for the quilting.  It’s slightly heavier (40 wt.) than piecing thread and shows up nicely.  I was aiming for a hand-stitched look.Quilted Heart Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter includes a printable template for two heart sizes. This is a quick and easy project to add a charming touch to your decor and it makes a great gift!
  5. Using the template from step 1, position the heart shape on the quilted 4-patch.  I like it to be off-center which adds to the charm.  Trace around the heart with a temporary marker of your choice (I used a Frixion pen).Quilted Heart Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter includes a printable template for two heart sizes. This is a quick and easy project to add a charming touch to your decor and it makes a great gift!
  6. Now sew the three buttons onto an upper lobe of the heart.  Make sure to leave enough room between the buttons and the outside line.Quilted Heart Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter includes a printable template for two heart sizes. This is a quick and easy project to add a charming touch to your decor and it makes a great gift!
  7. Layer the quilted heart panel and the backing square, wrong sides together.  (You will not be turning this project right side out.)  Pin baste the corners. Quilted Heart Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter includes a printable template for two heart sizes. This is a quick and easy project to add a charming touch to your decor and it makes a great gift!
  8. Stitch on the drawn line, leaving a 3″ opening for stuffing.  I used a walking foot for this step and shortened my stitch length to 1.8.
  9. Using pinking shears or a rotary cutter with a pinking blade, trim around the stitched heart (about 1/4″ outside the stitching.) Quilted Heart Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter includes a printable template for two heart sizes. This is a quick and easy project to add a charming touch to your decor and it makes a great gift!
  10. Un-sew the center “V” of the heart just a bit.  You need to create an opening for the hanging ribbon.  Create a loop with the ribbon and insert into the top center of the heart.  Sew the opening closed. Quilted Heart Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter includes a printable template for two heart sizes. This is a quick and easy project to add a charming touch to your decor and it makes a great gift!
  11. Stuff the heart shape with polyester stuffing.  I didn’t stuff my hearts too full.  I used a Purple Thang to push the stuffing into the corners. Quilted Heart Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter includes a printable template for two heart sizes. This is a quick and easy project to add a charming touch to your decor and it makes a great gift!
  12. Stitch the opening closed.
  13. Make a bow from the ribbon and attach with needle and thread. Quilted Heart Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter includes a printable template for two heart sizes. This is a quick and easy project to add a charming touch to your decor and it makes a great gift!

Quilted Heart Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter includes a printable template for two heart sizes. This is a quick and easy project to add a charming touch to your decor and it makes a great gift!

 

See how easy that was?  Now make lots more!  There are so many ways to change this up.  You can use just two fabrics for the 5″ squares.

Quilted Heart Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter includes a printable template for two heart sizes. This is a quick and easy project to add a charming touch to your decor and it makes a great gift!

 

If you have a favorite designer, grab those scraps and have at it!  I love Bonnie & Camille fabric, so that had to happen.

Quilted Heart Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter includes a printable template for two heart sizes. This is a quick and easy project to add a charming touch to your decor and it makes a great gift!

 

Try hand quilting for a more vintage look.  I love this one made with linen and chambray.

Quilted Heart Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter includes a printable template for two heart sizes. This is a quick and easy project to add a charming touch to your decor and it makes a great gift!

Quilted Heart Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter includes a printable template for two heart sizes. This is a quick and easy project to add a charming touch to your decor and it makes a great gift!

 

Instead of a 4-patch, sew together two rectangles and add some rick rack along the seam.

Quilted Heart Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter includes a printable template for two heart sizes. This is a quick and easy project to add a charming touch to your decor and it makes a great gift!

 

The smaller heart would be perfect for your Christmas tree or to add a special touch to a wrapped present.

Quilted Heart Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter includes a printable template for two heart sizes. This is a quick and easy project to add a charming touch to your decor and it makes a great gift!

 

Make enough to fill a tree with.  And the nice thing is… you’ll be all set for Valentine’s Day, too!

Quilted Heart Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter includes a printable template for two heart sizes. This is a quick and easy project to add a charming touch to your decor and it makes a great gift!

Quilted Heart Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter includes a printable template for two heart sizes. This is a quick and easy project to add a charming touch to your decor and it makes a great gift!

 

I hope your hearts are overflowing (in all kinds of good ways)!

Linking up with Tips and Tutorials Tuesday at Quilting JetGirl and Needle & Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation.

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About Julie Cefalu

Hello! I'm Julie and I love to quilt, craft, read, garden, hike and spend time with my family.

29 thoughts on “Quilted heart tutorial

  1. If you want to make several of these, you may wish to determine the height of your heart, cut 2 strips of fabric that height and length of fabric. Quilt and then you won’t have all that wasted fabric you quilted plus you can cut several hearts from that one strip of fabric.

  2. I love LOVE your ornaments- and I WILL BE making some of these. I didn’t know King Tut and Superior were the same-I will need to order some of this thread. Thanks so much for the wonderful idea. I have one more day of vacation before the holidays I will be sewing some of these for sure-but will be using this idea for Valentine’s! Thanks for your time and talents you share with us. I can’t express how much I appreciate and enjoy your blog and look forward to “what is next…”. May you and your family have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  3. Beautiful little hearts! Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it so the timing for these is perfect. I really like that Bernina stitch you used on the first heart, I need to try that one out.

  4. So nice to come home from work each night to our home, so warmly decorated with your quilts and art work. It’s a wonderful thing being in love with you!

    Mr. Crafty Quilter

  5. Thank you sooo much for this sweet tutorial. These will be perfect to gift- I sure do have a lot of red! Happy holidays to you and yours!

  6. Oh, Julie!!! You have made my old heart sing this morning!!!! Thank you for being so generous with your beautiful talent!!!! Want to borrow my Sashiko machine for the “hand quilted” look? That’s what I shall use for the quilting!
    Make the larger one a bit bigger, add crushed walnut shells and call it a pincushion!!!!!
    Merry Christmas to you and those you love!

  7. Thank you for another lovely project, will give this a go. Happy Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year to you and your family.

  8. Thank you Julie, beautiful project and look forward to making one or two. Wishing you a very happy Christmas and look forward to looking forward to your posts in the new year

  9. Hello Julie; Your tutorial for these delightful hearts is fabulous! They really look like a lot of fun to make. I appreciate that you brought it to our attention that using the template plastic makes it easier to position the way you want to cut out your heart! Doing applique, I use the plastic quite often, but it still slips my mind occasionally. So thank you for the great project tutorial and the reminder tip! Have a great day!

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