Heart Applique for Pillows

By Stefanie of Girl. Inspired. for I Heart Nap Time.

Heart Applique for Pillows

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I have a great project for you!  You can use this heart applique for pillows or really, any sewing project, to easily create some festive decor.  Let’s walk through the steps to add a heart applique onto your sewing project!

Heart Applique for Pillows

SUPPLIES:

Heat ‘n’ Bond Lite (or other sewable iron-on adhesive)

heart template - click here to print template

15″ x 15″ scrap of fabric

front and back cover for 16″ x 16″ square pillow

iron, scissors, marking pen

Heart Applique for Pillows

Begin by printing out the heart template.  Fold a piece of Heat ‘n’ Bond in half, line up the heart template on the fold and trace around the template to transfer the image onto the paper side of the adhesive sheet.

Heart Applique for Pillows

Cut out the heart shape from the adhesive.

Heart Applique for Pillows

Following the package instructions, place the adhesive side of the heart onto the WRONG side of the 15″ x 15″ scrap of fabric.  Iron quickly to adhere the sheet (this is usually a quick 2-3 second press).

Heart Applique for Pillows

Cut the heart shape from the fabric, with adhesive on the back.

Heart Applique for Pillows

Peel the paper backing off of the fabric heart.

Heart Applique for Pillows

Center the heart, adhesive side down, on the right side of the pillow cover.  Iron in place (again, follow the package instructions for heat setting and length of time).

Heart Applique for Pillows

Finally, we’re going to sew a tight zig-zag stitch around the perimeter of the heart to secure it in place.  This is also an opportunity to add a nice pop of color as a border around the heart.

Heart Applique for Pillows

Center the edge of the heart under your sewing machine needle.  Set the machine on a wide zig zag stitch so that as the needle goes from side to side, it catches the edge of the heart in the middle of the stitch.  You will also need to decrease your stitch length to a very short stitch – this is what makes the nice satin-like finish on the stitch.  It takes a while to go all the way around the perimeter of the heart, but just work slowly, gently manipulating the fabric under the needle for a smooth stitch all the way around.  (You may want to test your stitch width and length on a scrap of fabric to get your settings just right before you stitch on your pillow cover).

Heart Applique for Pillows

Complete your pillow by stitching the front cover to the back.  I’m sharing a tutorial today on Girl. Inspired. for adding piping to the edge of a pillow if you’d like to add that step.  You can find the steps for sewing a basic pillow cover here.

Heart Applique for Pillows

 

 

Heart Applique for Pillows

Happy pillow-making!  I’d love for you to stop by over at Girl. Inspired. for more sewing inspiration!  You can also find out how to make your sweetheart this delicious ice cream cake!!

Ice Cream Cake at www.thegirlinspired.com

 

Check out these other simple sewing tutorials here:

Valentine Paper Heart Garland

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How to Sew a Ruffle – Four Methods

Learn how to sew a ruffle on iheartnaptime.com

Easy Legwarmers

Easy Legwarmers Tutorial

Girl. Inspired. bioStef blogs at Girl. Inspired. where she shares sewing projects and tutorials, her latest adventures in cake-decorating and sugar consumption, and any sort of crafty thing she can squeeze into her day.  She loves throwing parties and decorating her home with a little vintage and a lot of homemade.  Stef and her husband are raising three little girls on their “farm” in Northern California.  She loves dance parties with her girls, laughing with her husband, hoarding fabric, photography, and of course, coffee!  Stop by and say hi!  Find Stef on Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram for more inspiration!

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Stefanie Knaus blogs over at Girl. Inspired. where she shares sewing projects and tutorials, her latest adventures in cake decorating and sugar consumption, and any sort of DIY crafty thing she can squeeze into her day. She loves throwing parties and decorating her home with a little vintage and a lot of homemade.Stef and her husband are raising three little girls on their “farm” in Northern California. She loves dance parties with her girls, laughing with her husband, hoarding fabric, photography, and, of course, coffee! Stop by Girl. Inspired. and say hi!

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Comments

  1. Kj@letsgoflyakite posted on January 23, 2014 at 7:20 am (#
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    I love the fabric you chose for the heart! It turned out really special. I don’t know whether you or your readers have experienced your needles getting gummy appliquing fusible webbing. I was having this problem and then I read if you use titanium needles it will solve the problem (it did).

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    • Stefanie replied on January 24th, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      Hi Kj! I’ve never used titanium needles, but that is a GREAT tip! I’ve found that it’s really important to use the sewable type of fusible webbing. If you try to sew on the heavier duty stuff that is non-sew, it will make your needles gummy.

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  2. Judi posted on January 24, 2014 at 12:16 pm (#
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    My daughter is in love with this idea, and more importantly, the fabric you used for this appliqué. Where did you find the “Paris” fabric?

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    • Stefanie replied on January 24th, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      Hi Judi! The “Paris” fabric is from Robert Kauffman and it’s called “Who’s that Girl?” I purchased it locally, but I saw that it’s available at fabric.com! Have fun!

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