Craft Your Own Valentine Heart (Placemat)

Heart shaped placemat

Sew a quilted heart placemat today for a sweet Valentine supper tomorrow! 

Six fabrics for heart placemat

Choose six complementary fabrics, three in each light and dark shades. I picked a spring green and strawberry red garden color theme. You’ll need 1/4 yard of each fabric. Cut strips 1 3/4″ wide. 

iron on batting

Apply iron-on batting according to the directions on the package to plain muslin backing fabric making sure the fabric is larger than a heart-shaped template. You’ll trim it to the heart shape after sewing the strips to it. 

(I picked a better quality muslin with little garden tools printed in white for the backing. Other times I’ve made these placemats, I’ve used a plain muslin, or you could use one of the fabrics from the strips on the front.)

heart shape templatePosition the paper heart pattern on the batting-fused muslin  and mark the center of the heart with a pin. Remove the pattern. My pattern measured 18 1/2″ wide and 16″ from top to bottom unfinished.

This is where you’ll pin the first squarestarter square. Choose the first fabric and cut it into a 1 3/4″ square. Pin it to the center of the heart positioning it like a diamond.

Sewing strips to battingSew strips using 1/4″ seams onto the initial square starting on its upper left side and working clock-wise. The first two strips should either both light or both dark. Continue sewing 1/4″ seams around the squares building the top of the placemat and ironing the strips open as you go.

Sewing strips to batting

Sewing strips to batting

Using template

Use the template to trim the top to a heart shape. Sew together facing right sides together,  leaving a about four inches open to turn inside out. Slip stitch closed and iron flat.

Set a place setting and enjoy!

Finished heart-shaped placemat



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3 Responses to Craft Your Own Valentine Heart (Placemat)

  1. Pingback: Take Heart Valentine Quilt and Tea Cozy | The Sandy Side of Life

  2. Mary Beth Cody says:

    Hi! Love this! Is there a template for the heart pattern? Thank you! Mary Beth

    • Sandy Green says:

      Thanks! I don’t have a template to post, but the finished size of my placemat is 17 1/2″ wide by 15″ from top to bottom. You could adjust this to fit your preference and table. This craft would also be cute if the hearts were made coaster-size. Happy Sewing!

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