How to Make Heart Cushions from Leftover Fleece

I often use fleece to back my quilts and I end up with long strips of leftover fleece after trimming. I asked the kids what we should make and they said rather bafflingly – hearts!

Materials Needed

– Fleece fabric – Paper and a pen – Round object – Quilt batting – Batting trimmings – Fleece trimmings – Fabric trimmings – Ribbon (optional)

Step 1:  Sew Fleece Scraps together in rows

Sew them in strips right sides together over and over until you have one or several large pieces.

Step 2:  Trace a Heart Template

The easiest way to trace a heart shape is to take one piece of regular printer paper and find something like a bowl or a mug that you can use to trace the top of your heart. 

Step 3:  Cut your Fleece Fabric & Batting (batting is optional)

Use scissors or a rotary cutter to cut around your template but don’t cut along the straight edge where you started and ended your drawn half a heart.

Step 4:  If you are using Batting – Quilt it in place

If you are going to use batting to line your heart secure it to either side of your heart with a few quilting lines.

Sew a 1/4” seam starting just before the bottom tip of the heart on one side and going all the way around but stopping 2-4” before the place you started.

Step 5:  Sew your Hearts

Take a length of ribbon that is large enough for your hand to slip through when folded and place it raw edge to the top at the mid-top point of your heart. 

Step 6:  Optional Ribbon Hanging