Patchwork Heart Blocks – for applique & quilts (3 DIY)

How to make easy heart shapes with fabric - simple cut out hearts as well as pieced hearts with fabric scraps-use as quilt blocks, applique

Heart blocks ! Don’t run away. This is not the dreadful heart block that you fear. These are fabric patchwork heart quilt blocks that will delight you, not distress you. You can use it for embellishing your various sewing projects.  

Here are 3 easy ways to make heart shapes with fabric. They are beautiful as heart signs invariably are.

Patchwork heart quilt block

I bet you have drawn a lot of hearts in the past. Today nobody needs to – numerous heart emojis convey our heart and all that the sign entails easily enough.

But if you want a fabric heart, this is it. This is the absolute easy way to draw a heart and cut it out.

How to draw a heart

This method of making a heart is perfect if you have to want to cut out a lot of hearts in the same dimensions. You can get uniform looking symmetrical heart shapes easily.

Draw a circle shape on a piece of interfacing or on the fabric you mean to cut the heart out of.

Draw a circle to start drawing the heart

Fold this shape so that a small portion of the heart is folded to the back.

Fold the fabric and then join it to a point

Now mark the bottom part of the heart.

Cut the heart shape out

Cut it out. You have a symmetrical heart shape.

Symmetrical heart shape for designing

If you are using interfacing, adhere this on the fabric and then cut the fabric. Use it for your applique.

Perfect heart shaped fabric piece for applique

Another way to draw the heart shape

take a 7 inch by 6 inch fabric and fold it by half to draw a heart


Related post : How to do applique with sewing machine.; How to do hand applique

Simple heart block

Heart block

Cut out the following fabric pieces.

You need some white or pink or red (or whatever color you want the heart to be); and background color.


Cut out 4 7/8 inch square in red and white and 4 1/2 square from white -2 nos and one 2 inch square in red

White (heart color) – 4  1/2″ square – 2 Nos.

Background color – 1  1/2″ square – 4 No. (Use 2 inch sqaures for deeper cuts)

White- 4  7/8″  Square  – 1 No.

Background color- 4  7/8″ square – 1 No.

Take both the 4 7/8 inch squares – Pink and white. Keep them together right sides to the inside.

Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other as in the picture below.

Now using a 1/4 inch seam allowance stitch on either side of this line. (You can mark this line and sew over it or just eyeball it or be very accurate use a 1/4 inch foot).

After sewing on both sides of the diagonal line cut through the middle line.

Make half triangle squares from the red and white squares

When you open up you get two squares like this. Perfect half square triangles  of size 4 1/2″

4 1/2 inch squares with red and white fabric pieces

You can see more details on how to cut and sew half-square triangles here.

Take the red squares ( 4 1/2″) and the small white squares (1 1/2″)

Take the 1.5 inch squares and keep it on the top corners of the white square

Take one red square and place one white square on one corner of the red square. Sew along the diagonal mark. Cut off the extra.

sew along the diagonal and cut out the extra to make the heart block

Do the same for the adjacent corner.

Take the other red square and do the same with the other white squares. 

This forms the top portion of your heart.

the 4 squares can be joined to form the heart block

Join your blocks to complete the heart

Vary the colors to get a different effects. You can change the size of the small squares on top to get differently shaped hearts


heart patchwork block

Striped Fabric heart

This is a fabric heart made of fabric strips. Collect shades of red or pink fabric pieces for making this heart block.

Mixed shades of red – To make this heart cut out 2 inch wide strips – 7. inches long – 3 nos.

Red color – Cut out 3 1/2 inch wide strip – 5 inches long – 1No.; Background color / white – Cut out 3 1/2 inch wide strip – 5 inch long – 1No. Cut one short edge of both the pieces a little off, as in the picture below with 1.5 inch projecting on one side. 

Cut the patchwork pieces

Join the 2-inch wides strips together.

Join the 3 1/2 inch strips together at the diagonally cut short edges to form a long strip.

Join along the edge - slanting edges

Join this to the other joined striped piece.

Square your heart block.

Join all the strips of fabric pieces together

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