Feb 1, 2023

Free Hearts, Love, and Valentines: Patterns, Tutorials, and Links 2024

My own free creative art project ideas, tutorials and pattern "from my heart and with my hands"!

Simple art from my heart quilting to make a paper +fabric card, wall hanging, or little prayer flag to send or bring with you to someone who needs it! 

You don't even need a pattern for some thing like these! I made these two the night before I personally delivered them to family members independently hospitalized on different floors of the same hospital after emergency hospitalizations.

Lifted my own heart to make and set them up in their windowsills as other caring cards arrived from long distance mailings. 

My own heart shaped or themed tutorials:

Made for a quilted swap. I made 3 of these but never heard from the recipients or received my own gifts in return. But they were still made with care and sent with prayer!

My String Pieced Prayer Pocket Pillow make with strings or solids and use the little pocket in the back...for sending good wishes of any kind. 

Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands: Free Patterns for Cancer Awareness: Quilts, Ribbons, Quilts, Caps, Pillows, Pouches, and other Projects

With Heart and Hands 

Perfect for post surgery for either cardiac or breast cancer patients, hugging a pillow over the heart after cardiac surgery or under the arm after breast surgery have been shown to help significantly with post-operative pain. You hugs them as you cough or just need something/someone to hug at any time!



Origami 'Petal Bag' Tutorial 

My own design and tutorial photos at my original site.

I've made so many of these as gifts and taught a free class so others could as well!

Make a quilt with either string pieced hearts or applique'd hearts:

Or with my own design and liberated piecing as I went along below. 

*Free Heart Themed Quilt Patterns


And from around the web that weaves its way into our days and often into late nights!

Here's some blasts from my saved past! A lot of them disappeared over the past decade. Websites, blogs and sadly a huge number of bloggers. I've been blogging since 2006! And I saved, shared, and promoted and gave to others always for free and still continue blogging about it all the best I can on a cell phone šŸ˜…

And now....my collection of more than a hundred links for free heart shaped quilt blocks or heart themed quilt or craft patterns all in one place for you to check out for special gift for a loved one, or for another Valentine's Day in the future!

Please thank anyone who offers free patterns or sewing tutorials. 

We blog, sew, and give away to make our hearts and others happy because we are blessed to do so in return.

 Links below:

Freebies: Paper pieced hearts

Heart Patterns

Click on the PICTURE to Download the Free Pattern from Cindy Carter!

doll quilt 2

Directions are here!

PDF is here!

Terri at Quilternity’s Place (hearts above) is sharing a couple of free heart quilt patterns on her blog.

Heart Garden quilt tutorial by Ellie Roberts for Moda Bakeshop

 Candy Hearts Quilt by Gigi's Thimble for Moda Bakeshop

Vintage Heart Collage by Allison Aller  free pattern at

Heart Tree by Liz Jones from her book Flowers, Hearts and Garlands, free applique pattern at American Quilter

Have a Heart, free pattern by Becky Goldsmith  Linda Jenkins at Piece o'Cake Designs

  Free quilt pattern by Nina Lise Moen at Mrs Moen Free Patterns

Scrappy Heart Quilt by Cindy Carter at Carter Quilter (there are seven different free hearts patterns at this link)

Be Still My Heart tutorial by Jacquie Gering at Tallgrass Prairie Studio

Twisting Heart Valentine at Freemotion by the River


Heart Blocks

Nine-Patch Heart: FREE Quilt Block

Download your FREE Nine-Patch Heart Block pattern from link below. Refer to the McCall's Quilting issue shown below for the Heart of the Home quilt pattern by Jackie Robinson.

(You may have to join a  site to see if they still share it on these big sites)

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Use drawing above to make another little Sue for a card or a quilt block!


Have A Heart Patterns-New!!!!

 Save A Heart from Carol Doaks

Choose the woven heart, the bow heart or the star heart to send a message of love and friendship.

Click to download the pdf

Floral Hearts

Read her tutorial at link above:
Download her pattern from her link, as well: Click here for Pattern

Sketching the pattern

Heart Quilting Patterns

from original Nancy Page published patterns circa 1980's

Stack'n Whack Hearts by Bethany Reynolds

nested heart motifs


Strings ~ Hearts from Mary at MaryQuilts.com

Heart and Hands Tea Cozy Click here (to download Template Diagrams, PDF format

'Cheater's" patchwork, cut and paste fabric squares: a card making tutorial

Flower hearts Yvonne's dk...pdf dnload of pattern only

Yvonnes dk dnload of pdf pattern only for all of these only now-sorry this happens often with these sites!

Crazy Patch Heart

Click to download the pdf


String Heart Block from sophie

Many Pieced Heart Blocks by Carol Doak, including Pink Ribbons and Hearts

Tutorial: Crocheted Stuffed Heart

AmeriHearts at Home

About.com PP Heart can be a Signature Block

My Newest Add-ins

tiny tutorial ~ Valentines: Jane LaFazio's handsewn felt hearts and painted rocks..

does it get any better than this???

 Jane LaFazio's  Hand sewn Felt Hearts and Painted Rocks

valentine tutorial

Love Bugs

There is something extra special about receiving a handmade Valentine. These Valentine ladybugs are a cute way to let someone know how much you care. 

 It's a fun and easy project that even the kids can help out with. You can make one or a whole class set of these adorable love bugs. It's okay to be creative with the colors. 

This is a great way to use up some of the bits of scrapbooking paper you may already have.


  • 1 piece of white cardstock to print the heart template
  • 1 piece of colored cardstock
  • 1 piece of coordinating patterned paper
  • 2 small brads - I used heart shaped ones, but plain brass ones work fine
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • black pen or marker
  • 1/8 inch hole punch
  • 2 small googly eyes and glue (optional)

Directions can be found here: 

sewing kit ensemble! 

You can find the tutorials for most of these "Snippets" HERE,  


Bloomin' Blossoms for Spring
Table Topper, 20" x 20"

Valentine Gift Ideas!

Quiltscapes Hen Party Chicks Pincushions:  TUTORIAL

  Hen Party Chicks @ Sew We Quilt:  STORY & TUTORIAL

Spring Chickens @ Riley Blake Designs:  TUTORIAL
Printer-Friendly Instructions:  PATTERN'

 I   AppliquĆ©

 ~ Raw Edge AppliquĆ© Basics

TUTORIAL @ Riley Blake Designs: Photo Tutorial ← click here

  I {Heart} AppliquĆ© II
Chenille AppliquƩ

TUTORIAL @ Riley Blake Designs: Photo Tutorial ← click here

Bloomin' Posy

Bottle Wrap

~ Tissue Cozy 

~ Tableside Pressing Pad ~


~ A Snappy Eyeglass Case ~

Deluxe Tape Measure

Scissor Holder/Lanyard

Rosebud Wristlet Pincushion




Heart Box Tutorial

 What's in YOUR Sewing Kit?

Heartstrings Quilt Project by Mary

Patriotic Heartstrings for Our Soldiers 

String Quilting Tutorial and Online Links

And Just For Fun! Free Patterns for Hearts to knit or crochet!

Hearts Baby Blanket - from Care Package, Inc

Heart Coaster

Plastic Canvas Heart

Valentines Fridgie- crocheted
http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa021099.htm (crochet- links to heart patterns of all kinds!)
http://www.thesmartyarns.com/americanheartlandafghan.html (crochet - American Heartland Afghan)

http://members.aol.com/SAG55/fheartaf.html (crochet- pretty filet heart square)
http://members.aol.com/_ht_a/crochettalk2/granheart.htm (Crochet- pretty filet heart square)

Bev's 6" Heart square (background)

Valentine Heart sampler

Bev's Heart square in x- stitch

Heart Baby Blanket

Filet Crochet
The following filet crochet charted patterns are on this site - About Crochet:

Hearts Border (Add Initials)

Hearts Border With Love

Hearts Filet Crochet Bedspread

Hearts Filet Crochet Tablecloth

Heart With Rose Center

At Crochet Memories: Interlocking hearts made with worsted weight yarn.

Heart Fridgie

At Lee's World: Made with sport weight cotton. (Photo)

Heart Fridgie or Pin

At Crochet Memories: Made with worsted weight yarn; center is crocheted around a plastic ring. 

 Valentine Hearts Fridgie

At Crochet Memories: Made with small amounts of worsted weight yarn. (Photo)

 Valentine Magnet/Pin

At Crochet'N More: Made with worsted weight yarn. (Photo)

Hearts Hot Pad

On this site - About Crochet: This hot pad uses the ruffling technique; a how-to is included. (Photo)

 Textured Hearts Hot Pad

At Priscilla's Patterns: Includes instructions for potholder, hotpad and dishcloth. (Photo)

Heart Motif

At Jenn's Crochet Page: You could use this as an applique, a magnet; bet you can think up more uses.

Heart Motif 2

At Jenn's Crochet Page: Made with size #10 cotton thread. (Photo)

At Joyful Abode: She gives directions for making the heart shapes into pins. (Photo)

Heart Shape Pillow

At Crochet Me: Easy-to-make shapes are joined to form the heart-shaped pillow. (Photos)

Connected Hearts Shawl in Filet Crochet

On this site - About Crochet: A triangle shaped shawl pattern that I created, featuring my Connected Hearts charted design.

Please thank the creators of the free sites you visit and my apologies here if some of these have disappeared over the years.

Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands sharing an imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. 
Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting "with my heart and from my hands".


Lynne said...

Wow! So many ideas and possibilities. Thank you for compiling all this and sharing it.

Shelina (formerly known as Shasta) said...

Oh my! So many beautiful projects - so hard to choose!

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

My word girl!!! Only you with a heart bigger than Texas would ammas such an amazing list of opportunities.

Big Heart-filled Hugs :)


Karen H said...

So many great ideas and oodles of inspiration! Thank you so very much for putting this together Michele!

libbyquilter said...

what an incredible selection of heart projects that you have gathered here~!!
i especially loved the felt envelopes with the painted rocks~!

your clever recycling/reusing gift bag was fun too.

take good care.


Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Thank you! I can't imagine how much time it took for you to compile the info for this post and to place all the links in it. There is an amazing variety o heart projects here, but I am going to check out VERY many of the links. Hearts are the best.
xxx, Carol