How to make fabric heart decorations

Handmade gifts are such a lovely idea for Valentine's Day, and they're a great way to use up those small fabric scraps you can't bear to part with too!

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In this free sewing project we’ll show you how to make a fabric heart – including  our step by step guide and free heart sewing pattern. Add a chic edge to your creation using Liberty Lifestyle fabric as Needles&Lemons’ Judith Dahmen has done here with scraps from Liberty’s Stile and Bloomsbury collections. However you can use any fabric from your stash!

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You will need:

Finished Size

About 4in

Try this: For a fragrant alternative to polyester filling use dried lavender instead.

Step 1

Trace the heart from the Free heart sewing pattern on to paper and cut out (print the template at 100% size, or you could even draw your own!). Use a pen to trace the heart on to the wrong sides of your fabric scraps and cut out.

How to make fabric hearts step 1

Step 2

Cut a length of ribbon and place onto the right side of one side the heart as shown. Place the second side on top with the wrong side facing you. Pin all around the edges of the heart, catching the ends of the ribbon in place as you do so. Ensure that the raw ends of the ribbon are sticking out at the centre of the heart.

How to make fabric hearts step 2
How to make fabric hearts step 2b

Step 3

Using a small stitch length, machine or hand stitch all around the edges of the heart, leaving a small opening at one of the sloping sides. Cut small snips from the outer edge towards the seam along the curves. This will help to keep the edges smooth when turning.

How to make fabric hearts step 3
How to make fabric hearts step 3b

Step 4

Turn the heart right sides out and use your fingers to ease the curves gently into the right shape. Press with a warm iron then fill with stuffing. Close the opening with a few small hand stitches.

How to make fabric hearts step 4
How to make fabric hearts step 4b

Step 5

Give to the one you love (or keep it for yourself – we would!) xxx

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Photographs © Judith Dahmen and Love Patchwork & Quilting