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Independence Block

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Heart Applique

Designer: Christina Sherrod

Quick & easy! Make your own "striped" fabric using a method called strip quilting, then create an applique with finished edges. Attach your new applique to tote bags, quilt blocks, sweatshirts and other items. Includes free, printable heart pattern.

I also provide instructions for a hot pad. 

Also see:
Holiday Patterns
Kitchen Patterns

Heart Applique Size

The finished heart applique measures approximately 8.5" tall and 8.5" wide. It will fit onto a quilt block measuring 8.5" square, set on the diagonal. The block could then be used to make a quilt block, hot pad or other item. The heart applique could also be used alone - appliqued directly onto a tee shirt or other item.


heart applique block

One 4.5" wide x 4.25" high piece of white star fabric with blue background 

One piece of red fabric measuring 3.75" x 4.5" 

One piece of red fabric measuring 2.5" x 8.5" 

One piece of white fabric measuring 2.5" x 4.5" 

One piece of white fabric measuring 3.75" x 8.5" 

One piece of backing fabric measuring 8.5" x 8.5" 

Optional: One piece of fusible web measuring 8.5" x 8.5

heart pattern (see step 1 below)

NOTE: If you are making a hot pad you will also need an 8.5" square each of insul-bright, cotton batting, front fabric ( the blue/red/white checked fabric shown in my photo) and back fabric, plus a strip of bias binding. See below for hot pad instructions. 

Sewing Supplies

sewing scissors
quilting pins
large sewing ruler
fabric marking pencils
seam ripper
rotary cutter and mat (optional but nice)

Directions: Make Heart Applique

All seams are 1/4"

1. Print Heart Pattern

Independence Day Heart Applique pattern My heart pattern is available as a pdf file. If you need instructions on using pdf files, go to PDF Instructions

Download Heart Pattern 

NOTE: The heart should be 5.5" from tip to deepest part of heart indent at the top (as marked on the pattern). If your heart is not this size, the pdf was not printed to 100% size. If you have problems with sizing, save the file to your computer; then print your own file.


Cut the 3.75" x 4.5" red fabric into 3 strips, each measuring 1.25" x 4.5". 

Cut the 2.5" x 4.5" white fabric into 2 strips, each measuring 1.25" x 4.5". 

Stitch the strips together to form a red/white fabric. The red/white block should measure 4.5" wide x 4.25" high.

Continue to page 2 for directions

3. CREATE TOP PART OF HEART FABRIC (top half of "flag")

strip quilt flag stripes Stitch the red/white fabric block to the star fabric, right sides together.

NOTE: The diagram is not exactly to scale, but the heart will go together as shown.

4. CREATE RED/WHITE LONG BLOCK (bottom half of "flag")

Cut the 2.5" x 8.5" red fabric into 2 strips, each measuring 1.25" x 8.5".

Cut the 2.5" x 8.5" white fabric into 2 strips, each measuring 1.25" x 8.5".

Stitch the strips together to form a red/white fabric. The red/white block should measure 8.5" wide x 4.25" high.

5. PIECE HEART FABRIC TOGETHER (complete the "flag)

stitch lower piece to upper piece Stitch the red/white long block to the upper heart piece.

The finished block measures 8½" wide x 7¾" high.


place heart pattern on fabric Place heart pattern piece on your block so that the vertical center of the heart lines up with the vertical center of the fabric block (the line between the star fabric and the striped fabric on the top runs down the center of the heart).

Finished Applique

Use the heart pattern to cut a piece of backing. Stitch the heart block to the backing right sides together, leaving 3" open along one straight edge of the heart (edges are straighter on the lower end of the heart). Trim seams. Turn right side out. Press. You now have a finished heart applique to attach to your quilt block, tote, clothing etc.

Use fusible web or stitching to attach the applique to your item (tote, sweatshirt, etc). Topstitching or invisible hand stitching would also work.

Directions: Make Hot Pad

All seams are 1/4"

align applique piecesIf you wish to use your new applique to create a hot pad, cut two pieces of outer fabric, each 8.5" x 8.5" (or one piece backing fabric and one piece top, decorative fabric). Cut a piece of cotton batting and insul-bright, each 8.5" x 8.5". Cut a strip of binding 1.25" wide and long enough to go all the way around the hot pad, plus approximately 3.5" extra to create a "hanger".

I used a large sewing ruler to line up the applique on the top fabric. I set it on the diagonal so I could attach a hanger to the upper corner. Pin the heart applique into place.

stitch applique If you wish to use your new applique to create a hot pad, cut two If you are using fusible web to attach the heart applique into place, do so at this time. Place a layer of stabilizer under the layer with the applique. Machine baste around the heart (if it is not fused into place already). Use a satin stitch and applique foot to stitch all the way around the heart.

create hanger For binding instructions, go to:  Assemble and Bind A Quilt.  Press under the edges of the "tail" to create the hanger. Twist around the hanger end to create a loop and hand stitch the loop end to the back of the hot pad.

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