By Stefanie of Girl. Inspired. for I Heart Nap Time.
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!
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
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.
Cut out the heart shape from the adhesive.
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).
Cut the heart shape from the fabric, with adhesive on the back.
Peel the paper backing off of the fabric heart.
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).
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.
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).
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.
Check out these other simple sewing tutorials here:
Stef 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!