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Easy to Make Fabric Hearts

by Jane Windham on January 15, 2013

Easy Fabric Hearts

I was thinking that the house looked a little bare after taking down the Christmas decorations, so I decided to make some easy fabric hearts to add some color and to get ready for Valentine’s Day.

I tried to go with a winter theme by leaving out some of my decorated and painted pine cones, but it’s awfully hard to get that winter feel when the temperatures have been almost 80 degrees for the past few days!

And since I was craving some color, I made a bunch of these easy to make fabric hearts!

fabric hearts 018These hearts are easy to make because you don’t need a sewing machine! Don’t they put you in the mood for Valentine’s Day?

fabric hearts To make these hearts, you will need an assortment of fabrics. I used some red and white burlap that I had left over from some other projects, a tea towel, and a few new fabrics that I bought at Hobby Lobby.

First, I cut out a heart from paper to use as a tracer. Then I marked and cut out some squares of fabric. I made my squares 5 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches. Don’t forget to double your fabric because you need a front and back for your hearts!

fabric hearts Trace around the paper heart onto your fabric. I used a pen to lightly trace mine onto the fabric. Then I hand-stitched around the heart, leaving a hole so that I could stuff some polyfill into the heart.

fabric hearts After I stuffed it, I finished sewing up the heart.

fabric hearts

You can see that process a little better in this photo! When I made some hearts from burlap, I used embroidery thread since it is much thicker, and I stuffed the red one with an old, fuzzy red sock!

fabric hearts To finish the heart, I cut around the edges with pinking shears.

fabric hearts They look great in my dough bowl!

fabric hearts I embellished one of the hearts with a little lace, and I even started making some different sizes.

fabric hearts There was something very comforting about hand stitching these hearts, and I was thinking that this would be a great project to teach young ones how to sew.

fabric hearts Of course, I had to see how they would look in my little red tool box hanging out on my red table on the front porch. So cute, so I’m off to the store tomorrow to buy a few buttons and other things to do some further embellishing. And I’m thinking that I’m going to make some more of these easy to make fabric hearts!

I’m joining:

Wow Us Wednesday@Savvy Southern Style

Valentine’s Day Themed Link Up@DIY Crafty Projects

Tutorials, Tips, and Tidbits@Stone Gable

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{ 51 comments… read them below or add one }

Pam January 15, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Very cute Jane! I love how colorful they are. And thansk for the tutorial. I’ll definitely have to go through my fabric and try these.

Have a great day.


Dawn January 15, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Jane, those are adorable. I want them all. The fabric choices are perfect and the dough bowl fits right in. Thanks for linking up at the Cabin.:)


Moni ~ Zu Haus at Home January 15, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Jane, I love how your cheerful hearts fill up the dough bowl. Fun fabric choices…beautiful!


Maria January 15, 2013 at 8:38 pm

How pretty! I love all the hearts and all the different fabrics and patterns! So cute!


Jessica @ Mom 4 Real January 15, 2013 at 8:45 pm

They are perfect, Jane! I need a dough bowl…I think I am going to make some of these cute little fabric hearts. Kate will probably steal them for her American Girl dolls ;)


Gina January 15, 2013 at 8:53 pm

Those are so darn cute! Cheerful too!


Dolly Sarrio January 15, 2013 at 9:43 pm

So cute Jane!


michelle January 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm

I love these. I really like them in the red box with the dollies. So cute.


Grace @ sense and simplicity January 15, 2013 at 10:49 pm

They’re adorable. I have a thing for hearts.


Kathy January 15, 2013 at 11:21 pm

I made a couple of burlap hearts using the sewing machine. I think I’ll try your way! That’s a wonderful idea! I love the edges cut with pinking shears!


Linda@Coastal Charm January 15, 2013 at 11:24 pm

These are just darling! Hope your week is going go for ya:)



Vickie January 16, 2013 at 12:32 am

These are so cute! Now I have got to go get my fabric stash out and try this.


Danni@SiloHillFarm January 16, 2013 at 5:10 am

Oh my goodness! I love these! I want to make a whole basket full of them! Thank you for the great tutorial…..I’m inspired!


Ann January 16, 2013 at 8:53 am

Oh my gosh…I love them all laid out in that dough bowl! Brilliant too that you trim after you have finished the heart. Thanks for your comment on my weight loss post. At our age trying to stay fit is almost like the impossible dream. It’s just so hard. Go0d luck with whatever you have planned! I almost forgot…I agree about stitching something by hand. It is very comforting!


Jean Windham January 16, 2013 at 11:25 am

So cute, I absolutely love them. You are so right about everything looking drab after all the decorations came down but the red really brightens things up. Thanks for sharing how to make the valentines and I love them placed in the dough bowl. Jean


Pam January 16, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Those are adorable. I love that you don’t have to sew them inside out and figure out how to flip them around and then baste them. So much easier!


Kris January 16, 2013 at 12:27 pm

What a brilliant idea! The fabric is very cheerful and brightens up your spirits time of year plus Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. It’s a nice and easy and you don’t have to have a sewing machine.

Thanks so much for sharing!


Jen January 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm

SO cute!! Thank for sharing!!


Glenda Childers January 16, 2013 at 4:27 pm

These are so colorful and fun. What a great project, Jane.



Shirley@Housepitality Designs January 16, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Oh Jane…how pretty are those!!…I love them…I love how you have the rougher edges around the hearts….They look great in your dough bowl!!…


Jana January 16, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Love the little hearts! So sew cute!!


Michele January 16, 2013 at 7:23 pm

I’m making pillow hearts tomorrow. So glad I saw yours, sew sweet! I will remember my pinking shears)


Michele January 16, 2013 at 7:24 pm

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sandy January 16, 2013 at 8:28 pm

Such sweet little hearts and so easy to make.
Thanks for sharing.


Linda January 16, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Hi Jane, I LOVE your hearts!! I am considering making some too for a Valentine’s Day luncheon with the girlfriends–and have been worrying about the edges fraying. I think I’ll go ahead now that I’ve seen yours! Linda


Jamie January 17, 2013 at 12:38 am

These are adorable! Thanks for the tutorial. I’m a new follower ;)


Happier Than A Pig in Mud January 17, 2013 at 5:34 am

Your hearts really turned out cute! So colorful and cheerful-enjoy:@)


Carlene @ Organized Clutter January 17, 2013 at 6:29 am

Perfect little hearts for bowl filling. Cute.


Mary January 17, 2013 at 6:53 am

These are adorable Jane! I love your combination of fabrics and cheery colors! I’m in desperate need of color and sunshine with all our rain!


Keeping It Cozy January 17, 2013 at 10:35 am

Those are so cute! What a fun project. I love the combination of fabrics.


JoAnn @ SweetPepperRose January 17, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Jane, these are cute little hearts!


Kathleen January 17, 2013 at 11:05 pm

Very pretty, Jane! The house does look so bare after all the Cmas things come down.


Suzy @ Worthing Court January 18, 2013 at 8:11 am

These are so stinkin’ cute, Jane! I especially love them in the dough bowl.


Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage January 18, 2013 at 11:05 am

I Heart these! Wish I could sew! The striped one reminds me of grain sack and they look great all piled up in that dough bowl.


Carol January 20, 2013 at 9:20 am

These are just adorable, Jane! I just adore that little touch of “homespun.”


Miss Kitty January 23, 2013 at 7:15 am

Hi Jane! Your little hearts are so very cute! I want to make some. Are you and Leo coming back to Haven in August? I hope so. I saw your post over at Savvy Southern Style.


betty January 23, 2013 at 7:33 am

Thanks Jane…just what I was looking for. I’m your new follower! Hope you’ll visit me too.
I’m going to get started on these this week…


Betty January 23, 2013 at 11:15 pm

Hi Jane,
I love you adorable hearts. And I just found your blog. I’m a new follower and looking forward to visiting again.


Angela January 24, 2013 at 7:59 am

Thank you for posting this. I have 3 girls (9,9, &7) and I think this is the perfect project for them to work on their beginner sewing skills! Can’t wait to enjoy this with them.


Stephany Hyder January 24, 2013 at 10:21 pm

These are so stink’n adorable! I was just trying last night to sew some on my sewing machine and I was not having much luck. I am new to the whole sewing machine deal. But, these are definitely worth trying tomorrow or this weekend. I really thank you for sharing a great tutorial. I love all the fabric choices you chose too. ♥
Wonderful Job!

Happy early Friday!
Stephany @ Stephany Quinn []


Mrs. Sarah Coller January 25, 2013 at 10:59 am

These are adorable! I’ve been trying to come up with a special party favor idea for my daughter’s 13th birthday tomorrow afternoon…I wonder if I could get 12 of these made today? Ha! Beautiful! I’ve got a link up going, if you’re interested in showing off your project to my readers!

Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Sarah Coller


rita January 27, 2013 at 8:56 pm

I love how you made your hearts. so easy and something you can do anywhere. thanks for the tutorial.


Pat C. January 29, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Oh, these are adorable… the pinked edge is so sweet! And I love the No Sewing Machine Required part! Thank you so much.: ) xoxo


Betty Brooke January 3, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Thank you ! I needed something creative to do for Valentine’s Day and your post fit the bill. Love this! Have a beautiful weekend!


Jane P January 29, 2014 at 11:58 am

Your hearts are adorable, I’m inspired and think even I can make these. Thanks so much! Love these!


Jill January 31, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Thank you for your excellent directions and photos. I hope to make some this weekend. All I have to do is borrow a pair of pinking scissors.


Gretchen January 6, 2015 at 11:53 am

This is such a fun project and I think I’ll begin with the hearts and maybe add them to a wreath!


brandy January 6, 2015 at 7:10 pm

Thanks for sharing..


Maureen the Budget Queen January 16, 2015 at 11:42 am

Love the way you displayed your little hearts in the dough bowl on the table. I have been making felt hearts, I made some for Christmas. I made mine with holly leaves and buttons for berries. I put a white stitche4d snowflake on my girlfriends, stitched with wool, to give it that Scandi look. I make mine while watching tv at night, to keep my hands busy, so they are not into chips or popcorn! I like that you cut the heart after sewing which will work well for the fabric ones. I am inspired to make the cloth ones now after seeing yours! I use a rotary cutter with a pinking blade on it to cut mine as I have a difficult time with pinking shears, tendonitis in my hand and wrist. While you have 80 degrees we are hovering around zero and it is snowing like crazy. We have more snow than in 37 years!


Jane Windham January 16, 2015 at 11:51 am

Maureen, I would have to find something to occupy myself if we had all that snow, too! And thanks for sharing that great idea of using a rotary cutter to cut out the hearts!


Marlene Stephenson January 28, 2015 at 1:27 pm

These are really cute and easy,what a brilliant idea. Thank you.


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