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Tutorial :: Reverse Applique Woven Heart Hoop Art

Today I am sharing with you a tutorial for some Hoop Art using two of the prints from the fabulous Tilda Autumn 2016 Cabbage Rose collection.

Reverse Applique Woven Heart Long Image


Materials Required
Background Fabric (Ikea Linen)
:: 11″ square
:: 7″ square
Iron-on/Fusible interfacing
:: Two 7″ squares
:: One 11″ square
Two Coordinating prints
:: 13″ x 7″ in Tilda Lucille Ginger
:: 11″ x 7″ in Tilda Lucille Teal
Embroidery Thread (DMC #922)

Tools and Notions
8″ Embroidery Hoop
Heart Template
Rotary Cutter, Ruler and Mat
Fabric Scissors
Paper Scissors
Pinking Shears
Fabric Marking Pen
Foam Board
Hand Sewing Needle

Prepare the Heart

From the background fabric cut a 11″ square and a 7″ square. Apply interfacing to the wrong side of each square.

Cut the background fabric

Print and cut out the Heart Template.

Place the heart centrally on the wrong side of the smaller square and trace around the outside edges.

trace the heart

Place the smaller square centrally on the larger square, with right sides facing. Pin in place.

trace the heart

With a slightly shorter than normal stitch length, stitch along the traced outline of the heart. Trim away the centre of the heart and snip into the remaining seam allowance.

trim the heart

Turn the smaller square through to the wrong side of the larger square, pushing out the point at the top of the heart. Press carefully so that the seam sits nicely on the inner edge of the heart.

press the heart

Prepare the Strips

Cut 1″ wide strips following the grain of the fabric (not on the bias). You will need:
:: 13 vertical strips (Lucille Ginger)
:: 11 horizontal strips (Lucille Teal)

Take each strip and lightly spray with some starch on the wrong side. Fold the outer edges so that they meet in the middle and press

press the strips

prepare the strips

Prepare for Weaving

Mark vertical and horizontal lines in the middle of your board to help you keep things nice and straight.

mark board

Place a 7″ square of interfacing bumpy/adhesive side uppermost in the middle of your board and secure in place with a pin in each corner.

secure interfacing


Position the first strip vertically in the middle of the board and pin in place at the top of the strip

place the first strip

Continue placing and pinning the remaining vertical strips.

position all of the vertical strips

Start weaving the horizontal strips through the vertical strips.

:: Strip One goes over one, under one, over one, under one, etc.

:: Strip Two goes under one, over one, under one, over one, etc.

Repeat the above two rows in order with the remaining 9 strips.

weaving complete

Press the strips and adhere to the interfacing. Once stuck, remove the pins, flip over the woven strips and press again from the wrong side.

iron weave to interfacing

Secure the Heart

Position the woven section centrally under the heart opening and pin in place.

Using 3 strands of embroidery thread/floss sew a line of running stitches around the outside of the heart

running stitch around the heart

Turn the panel over and trim away the excess fabric about 3/4″ away from the line of running stitches.

trim the back of the heart

Insert into Hoop and Finish the Back

Place the Woven Heart centrally in the embroidery hoop and tighten the screw. Don’t pull the fabric too tight or it will distort the heart shape.

Mark a line approx 1″ from the outside edge of the hoop and using pinking shears trim away the excess fabric.

trim the back of the heart

Gather in the excess fabric by sewing a line of running stitches around the outside edge.

knot the thread

Sew a line of running stitches

pull in the running stitches and secure

Hang your Reverse Applique Woven Heart Hoop Art with pride!

Reverse Applique Hanging Heart Hoop Art

It’s a been a great blog hop. Have a look at some of the other projects that have been made using the new Tilda fabrics:

1st August – Stitch Craft Create
2nd August – Stitch Craft Create
3rd August – Vicky Myers Creations
4th August – Strawberry Patch Ramblings
5th August – Charm About You
8th August – Crafting Not Cleaning
9th August – Popular Patchwork
10th August – Dinki Dots
11th August – Little Black Duck
12th August – Tea and a Sewing Machine
15th August – A Saucy Stitch
16th August – Very Berry Handmade
 Reverse Applique Woven Heart Detail


See the Gallery of Customer Makes

A couple of people have made a version of the Reverse Applique heart and have been good enough to send me a picture. You can see their pictures on the Gallery of Makes post. If you’d like to have your picture added to the gallery send me a picture or tag me on Instagram @victoriapeat

Reverse Applique Heart Feature Image

Enjoy Making Hearts?

If you enjoy making hearts then why not try out my Facets of the Heart Foundation Paper Piecing pattern! It’s a great pattern that you can use in any number of ways.

It’s available to buy and download immediately so you can get sewing straight away!

I also have a Simple FPP Heart block pattern for those that are newer to Foundation Paper Piecing or those looking for a quick and satisfying make. The Simple FPP Heart also comes with 5 block sizes and is available to buy and download immediately!


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Comments (6)

  • This is just gorgeous, thank you of sharing. It is lovely to find new blogs to read. x

  • What a lovely idea Victoria. I will definatley be decorating my room with a couple of these. Loved seeing you on SQ today. Lots of good tips that can be transferred to other dressmaking.

    Anne Bentley
  • Love this heart. I’m off to give it a go. Thankyou so much.

    • So glad you like it! Happy sewing

  • Hi love the pattern but don’t understand how you turn it through, is it on YouTube or can some explain to me please xx

    • Hi Lesley, you just need to ‘post’ the fabric that you drew the heart on, through the opening so that the wrong sides of the two fabrics are facing. It’s a little bit awkward, but if you have snipped into the seam allowances as per the previous step you should get there ok!


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