Are you looking for some sweet projects to sew for Valentine’s Day? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve gathered together all sorts of heart and Valentine sewing ideas to inspire you – from adorable outfits to make for your little Valentine to cute machine embroidery designs you can use to decorate your home and more:
Dew Drops: Designed by Sharon Venhoek, this sweet smocked baby ensemble is perfect for that special Valentine baby. Bullion roses are worked in the large heart motifs and tiny beaded flowers add sparkle. The pattern (sizes 3, 6 and 12 months) is in issue 95 of Australian Smocking & Embroidery magazine.
Birthday Surprise: This sweet dress designed by Annette Drysdale features picture smocked hearts with ric rac on the neck and armholes. Get the free tutorial for the decorative rickrack neckline here, and find the full pattern and instructions (sizes 3, 4 and 5 years) in issue 76 of Australian Smocking & Embroidery magazine.
Stripwork Jumper: With a simple bib-style bodice and a skirt pieced from vertical strips, this jumper designed by Carla Hegeman Crim of The Scientific Seamstress has endless possibilities. It can be made as a dress or a top and is great for appliqué or embroidery. The downloadable pattern includes the patterns and instructions for 6M to 8Y. Plus, matching dolly-sized patterns are provided in a supplemental file!
Valentine Designs (January 2016 IEC): Our new January 2016 monthly Internet Embroidery Club designs include three super cute machine embroidery designs that are perfect for Valentine’s Day – the “Love” design will fit your 4×4-inch hoops while the “Sewing Girl” and Valentine Girl” motifs will fit 5×7-inch hoops.
Let’s Have a Conversation: This precious little dress designed by Frances Messina Jones is smocked with everyone’s favorite Valentine treat. The adorable smocking plate is included in our December/January 2014 issue of Sew Beautiful. You can also get the free tutorial for creating the cute rickrack and button hem here!
Martha’s Sewing Room – Valentines: Stitch up some fun Valentine projects with Martha Pullen on this classic episode of Martha’s Sewing Room. Projects include a lace-shaped heart collar-bib dress, a pink hearts doll dress, layered silk ribbon stitches on a lovebird wedding pillow, a romantic dream pillow and more.
Elizabeth’s Red Dress: Designed by Amelia Johanson, this precious dress from our Sewing for a Royal Baby book was modeled after a vintage dress Amelia discovered in an antique store. The book includes the pattern in sizes 3 and 4, plus you can get the free tutorial for fashioning the top-stitched pleats here.
Sweet Hearts: This machine embroidery CD from the Sew Beautiful embroidery collection includes 14 designs in a mixture of 4×4 and 5×7 sizes. Designs include hearts, flowers, Valentine cookies and more!
Sweet Valentine Dress: This darling dress designed by Linda Richards and Monica Estrada was featured in our January/February 2006 issue of Sew Beautiful. This issue is out of print now, but I know many of you have your back issues of Sew Beautiful saved – so you may just already have this pattern on your bookshelf!
Hearts & Flowers: Adorable smocked flowers with little hearts as the petals – what could be sweeter? This smocking plate designed by Linda Richards is featured in the January/February 2008 issue of Sew Beautiful, which is available as part of the 2008 Sew Beautiful Collection download.
Heart & Rose Designs (January 2015 IEC): Embroider special Valentine projects and gifts with our lovely January designs from last year’s 2015 Internet Embroidery Club. These designs will fit 4×4-inch hoops.
All Dolled Up: Create adorable matching outfits for your little Valentine and her 18-inch doll with Joan Hinds’ book All Dolled Up. The designs shown here are the Summer Top (left) and Sun Visors (right).
Sweet Valentine: This classically sweet gingham dress designed by Australian Smocking & Embroidery editor Susan O’Connor is smocked and embroidered with red hearts and bullion roses. The pattern (sizes 4, 5 and 6 years) and instructions are included in issue 95 of Australian Smocking & Embroidery magazine.
Hearts & Roses: This sweet floral dress designed by Julie Graue is simply smocked with hearts and roses. The pattern (sizes 3, 4 and 5 years) is included in issue 87 of Australian Smocking & Embroidery.
Two of Hearts: This cute reversible top designed by Diane Bradshaw was featured in the January/February 2008 issue of Sew Beautiful, which is available as part of the 2008 Sew Beautiful Collection download. The article includes instructions and templates for both the heart appliqué and dangling chain of hearts. Plus, we’ve got the tutorial for creating the dangling chain of hearts available for free here.