DIY Quilted Batik Fabric Hearts
Make a ‘Heart-Felt’ Gift
What is springtime without beautiful pastel colors, especially if they are batik fabric hearts? These easy to make quilted fabric hearts are just the project to show off your favorite colors and fabrics. Display them for pops of color in unexpected places. Hang them in a window or on a door for a cheerful reminder that spring has arrived. Hearts are also a perfect complement to those pastel Easer eggs hanging up on your spring tree! Besides, if you’re ready for some quick gratification these little quilted fabric hearts are an easy, cheerful project. Everyone will love them!
How To Make Quilted Ornaments
Simple fabric heart ornaments are fun to sew and perfect as a gift for family and friends. These easy to make quilted fabric hearts are made with extra blocks and fabric scraps from my Batik Heart Strings Quilt. Usually the leftover pieces get worked into the quilt back. These beautiful pastel 4-patch blocks needed to be more visible. Besides, with a bit of ribbon and ‘pearl’ string along side a trio of vintage buttons, they make a big statement all on their own.
Let’s Get Started
To make these ornaments, begin with a 5″ charm square or other piece of scrap fabric available. Trace a heart onto the square as your cutting line. These squares are all backed with fusible fleece to give them extra padding and a beautiful smooth finish. Then for some extra dimension and design, quilt each square as desired. These blocks are quilted with straight lines about 3/4″ apart.
The drawn line at the top of the heart is an indicator of where to turn when sewing the heart together. It can get a bit difficult to see the turning point and I found the line to be helpful. It’s also easier to sew the embellishments on first. As long as the buttons are about an inch below the seam line, there’s plenty of room to turn your pressure foot.
Once your heart is ready, place the front and back squares together with the right sides facing out. The fusible fleece makes these squares a bit thick and you’ll find that using your walking foot will make your sewing much easier. Otherwise your pieces may shift as you sew.
Sew Fabric Heart Ornaments Together
Begin sewing at the bottom point, following the heart pattern line. Sew about 1/4″ inside the line. When you get to the top inside point of the heart, lay the ribbon loop across the seam line and sew right over it. This will keep the heart ornament hanging straight instead of leaning backwards.
Stop sewing when you are about 2″ from where you started. With a bit of fiberfill, stuff you heart lightly. Use your fingers or a pencil to help distribute the fiberfill evenly. Then continue sewing the heart closed.
Finishing Your Quilted Fabric Hearts
Trim off the excess fabric by cutting along your drawn pattern line. Your Quilted Fabric Heart is finished and ready to put a smile on someone’s face!