12 Heart Embroidery Designs for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day coming up and love in the air, hearts are all the rage at Anita Goodesign, and we’ve found a great assortment of heart embroidery designs that will be sure to have your pulse jumping. 

Depending on your interests and stylistic preferences, we’ve come up with a number of different heart embroidery options, so you’re sure to find something you’ll like. 

But what can you do with these hearts? Beyond putting them on clothing, tote bags and household linens, you can create beautiful valentines, quilt blocks for those special people in your life, create framed art and stitch awesome patches. Here’s a look at the 12 heart embroidery designs we’ve selected, along with project ideas to help you get your creative juices pumping.

What You’ll Need for Heart Embroidery

Before you get started, you’ll need to make sure you have hoops of the appropriate size for the patterns you’re selecting, thread of appropriate colors (metallics look fabulous on some of these patterns), stabilizers that are appropriate to the project you select, fabrics and materials to stitch your designs onto and spare needles, just in case you have one break.

Popular Heart Embroidery Designs


1. Winged Heart

If your heart has wings, this is a great design to consider for teens, artists and free spirits. Working well for hoops 5″ x 7″ up to 9.5″ x 14″, this design has a relatively dense stitch design, making it a great option for patches, midweight jackets, heavier fabrics, hats and canvas tote bags. If you want to stitch this design on lighter fabrics, consider switching up your thread to a lighter-weight option to decrease the heaviness of the stitching, which can impact how your fabric flows on garments.


2. Lotsa Hearts

For adults and those who might like the idea of a heart that isn’t over-the-top romantic, this design provides great options for 6″ x 10″ to 9.5″ x 14″ hoops. Including several different individual patterns in the kit, this design features heart shapes filled with a range of different embroidery motifs, including bunnies, butterflies, sewing tools, seashells, cacti, flowers, pumpkins and, of course, smaller hearts, allowing you to focus on that individual’s specific interests. These hearts look fabulous on totes, quilt blocks or centerpieces, shirts or frame them for a lovely art piece.

3. Heart Belly Pouches

When you’ve got little ones in your life, what’s more fun than spoiling them with precious little gifts that will brighten their day and be passed down to their children someday? These adorable appliqué heart embroidery design options include eight individual designs with beautiful animals featuring a heart-shaped vinyl appliqué insert on the belly to provide a tantalizing peek at the special treat that is hidden inside. This makes them a great option for Valentine’s presents for your little ones, and use heart embroidery hoops from 6″ x 10″ to 9.5″ x 14″.

4. Jacobean Hearts

If you’ve got a flair for history, this heart embroidery design collection of ten patterns provides a great reflection on yesteryear, mimicking the fine embroidery of the Jacobean period. Using hoops from 5” x 7” to 9.5” x 14” in size and featuring a medium stitch density, this collection looks great on a wide range of projects, from blouses and bags to pillows, table runners, quilts and other home linens. It requires few color changes and stitches up well on medium-density fabrics, making them a great option for home decor and lightweight jackets.

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5. Holiday Hearts

Need to knock out some hearts quickly or create a really special piece for framing? This assortment of ten heart embroidery designs features a low thread density combined with few color changes, which makes them fast and easy to finish for last-minute gifts. However, the low stitch density creates a delicate appearance that also means they’ll look fabulous on fine fabrics, such as velvet, especially if you use metallic thread in the pattern to really make it pop. This pattern requires heart embroidery hoops ranging from 8” x 12” to 9.5” x 14”.

6. Heart Tile Scenes

For a vibrant, detailed heart appliqué embroidery design, this set of patterns is a wonderful option to consider. Each heart includes four colorful blocks that are then stitched together, using the detailed directions to get a perfect fit the very first time. You can then choose to make these pieces into one or a set of pillows, a beautiful quilt or an outstanding jacket back. The hearts include blackwork inside of the colorful border or whitework outside of the colorful heart. Best of all, they can be stitched up in hoops from 5” x 7” to 9.5” x 14”, making it easy to fit a wide range of machines.

7. Dutch Hearts

For a touch of old-world charm, the heart appliqué embroidery design options in this set of five hearts work well for Valentine’s Day or any other time of the year. Inspired by folk art from the 1700s which were often used for marriage or home blessings, these beautiful hearts work up in 5” x 7” to 9.5” x 14” hoops and use textured appliqué and vibrant colors to stand out. They work very well simply framed, to create quilt blocks, used in patches, stitched onto lightweight jacket backs or on canvas bags to create a beautiful appearance with a touch of historic charm.

8. Love Knot

If you want a gift that works for more than a single day, this Celtic love knot embroidery will do a wonderful job to stretch from Valentine’s to St. Patrick’s day. The love knot is a traditional symbol of endearment and fits easily into a 4″ by 4″ or larger hoop, making it easy to use with virtually any machine on the market. The smooth stitching works well on a variety of medium to heavyweight fabrics, including felt, canvas, denim, twill and much more, giving you a world of possibilities to explore. Consider adding a colorful thread to dress it up and make the pattern pop.

9. Be Mine, Valentine

This package includes 11 different heart embroidery designs requiring a hoop size of 8” x 12” to 9.5” x 14”. Though the package intends them for pocket pillows, giving you a place in the back to store a special treat or gift, these patterns would also look great as quilt blocks, especially for the pre-teen to a teenage group. They’d also work up well on tote bags. Relatively light stitch densities would make them a good fit for lightweight to middleweight fabrics such as heavy quilter’s cotton, lightweight twills and much more.

10. Hearts ‘n’ Hugs

Another great option for little ones, these heart appliqué embroidery designs deliver plenty of cuteness. Featuring an assortment of animals, each holds a heart with a special message inside. They are easy to create using felt appliqué embroidery. They can be given as they are, or stitched into place on a piece of heavier clothing or a canvas tote. The patterns take two hoopings, with the separate pieces stitched together in the hoop, requiring no further stitching, and uses hoops from 5” x 7” to 9.5” x 14”.

11. Floral Hearts

If you know someone who is a gardener at heart, these floral heart embroidery designs will make an amazing impression. With a relatively lightweight thread count, these delicate designs still pack plenty of color, making them an amazing choice for clothing and household linens, or perhaps a gardener’s apron is in your future? With 20 unique designs in this set, you’re sure to find something to please. They set up easily in 6” x 10” to 8” x 12” hoops to create an amazing gift for your favorite green thumb.


12. Hearts Aplenty

To decorate your home or the home of a loved one for Valentine’s Day, these three projects feature a range of household pieces, including a table centerpiece, four heart-shaped coasters and a wall hanging. The lighter thread density makes it a great option for quilter’s cotton, heavier calicos and similar fabrics, and the pieces work up easily in 6” x 10” to 9.5” x 14” size hoops. For a bit more glitz and glamour, consider adding metallic threads to make the designs pop.

Get More Embroidery Designs from Anita Goodesign

If you want to get all of these heart embroidery designs and so much more, you might consider our All Access Club, which provides you with a wide range of designs. You’ll get exclusive project ideas, a full-color print or digital magazine of outstanding designs, exclusive designs, fully-illustrated tutorials to help you get the most out of your machine and time, sneak peeks at upcoming designs that are not yet released and bonus content including more project ideas and embroidery education. 

If you’re ready to take your embroidery to the next level, why not start by taking a look at the All Access Club, which gives you the tools you need to succeed?