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.

Christmas Flowers & Ornaments Heart in Frame

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?

With the holidays on the way, we’re all trying to figure out what to gift our friends and family. We all want to give the perfect present that will be loved or used throughout the year and DIY machine embroidery gifts make the task a whole lot easier. (Embroidery is especially great for last-minute holiday gifts!) Anita Goodesign embroidery makes it possible to personalize everything from aprons to backpacks, jackets and more. And, embroidered gifts are personalized and unique, making them much more thoughtful than store-bought items. 

This Christmas, give the ones you love something fun, fashionable and personal to show you care. We’ve created a list of the very best holiday machine embroidery projects for your Christmas list this year. 

Gifts for New Moms

New moms and moms-to-be love gifts for their new babies. The sky’s the limit with adorable holiday embroidery gifts for babies and kids. While you can embroider any blanket, onesie or washcloth in a baby’s nursery, we’ve made a couple of easy suggestions new moms are sure to love. 

Growth Chart Markers

Growth chart markers show where little ones fall on the growth chart at various stages of development. Pick your themes, from woodland creatures to jungle, or “here we grow again” themes. Each marker features a blank space where the date and age can be written with a fabric marker. Growth chart markers are a unique gift that makes the nursery complete.

Framed Images

Little Adventure designs are perfect for nurseries. You can put these designs anywhere, including on blankets and pajamas and little baby t-shirts, but we suggest creating a tastefully framed image to hang on the nursery walls. Simple but powerful, these images create an environment of sweet simplicity in any baby nursery. We suggest choosing a design that matches or aligns with the baby’s nursery theme. This is a perfect gift for a mom-to-be planning the birth of her first child.  

Gifts for Mom

If your mom is difficult to shop for, we’ve got machine embroidery gift suggestions that can help you create something thoughtful and personal. Embroidery turns ordinary fabrics and decor that you know your mom uses or needs into extraordinary, eye-catching pieces. If your mom loves entertaining and cooking for others, check out these gift guide ideas for hostesses.  

Bathroom Decorations

There are lots of examples of ways that you can create bathroom decorations with Anita Goodesign embroidery. Decorate washcloths with bird buddies design to enhance your mom’s tropical bathroom theme, or decorate her garden-themed bathroom with towels decorated in butterflies, dragonflies and ladybugs.

Looking for something a little more comical or creative? Frame a picture of outhouses to make your mom’s bathroom walls something interesting to look at. The outhouse collection includes 10 designs and 5 witty sayings.

Christmas Mice

For moms that love to accessorize during the holidays, try decorating a sweater or long sleeve shirt with Christmas Mice designs. This set of 10 designs are bold, colorful and adorable. Christmas mice also make a perfect decoration for a throw blanket or pillow, which are the perfect accessories to bring out for the holidays.

Gifts for Kids

Whether you’re making a gift for a niece or nephew, or your son or daughter, these diy machine embroidery gifts for kids are creative and cute.

Butterfly Garland

For the little lady that likes butterflies, this butterfly garland is lacy and delicate and can be used to decorate any bedroom or party space. You pick the colors to ensure the butterfly garland matches the bedroom or toy room where the garland will be hanging. Butterfly garlands can also be used to decorate lockers, to dress up your little one’s personal space.

Kids Patches

Update kids’ t-shirts, backpacks or sneakers with  kids patches. Kid’s patches can also be gifts by themselves for a kid who would prefer to pick the items of clothing and accessories where their patches are applied. Kids patches come in a range of colors and themes, so you can select the patches that best match the personality and preferences of the child you’re buying for.

Fairy Tale Finger Puppets

Fairy tale finger puppets are wonderful machine embroidery gifts to make for little ones with big imaginations. If you’re shopping for a little one between the ages of 3 and 6, fairy tale finger puppets are truly fitting. Anita Goodesign makes finger puppets in two sizes, one for smaller hands and one for bigger hands, so if you’re shopping for an older child with a taste for the whimsical – finger puppets are it!

Gifts for Dad

You can make a personalized machine embroidery gift for even the pickiest of dads. If your dad is also a grandad, there are even more embroidery gift options for grandparents! We recommend taking into consideration your dad’s favorite activities when trying to decide what gifts to get him.

Embroidered Sports Accessories 

Sports Lace Ornaments - Golf Clubs

Does your dad love to play golf? Basketball? Baseball? Or maybe your dad just loves to watch sports on television? If so, we recommended embroidered sports designs. Anita Goodesign embroidered sports designs include everything from different ball designs to different sports-related scenes. They’re the perfect decoration for dad’s gym bag, sports jersey, golfing shirt or gym towel. Choose the designs that fit your dad’s preferred sport.

Many Minis

For the dads that wear ties every day, the Anita Goodesign Manly Minis patches make the perfect decorations for ties and other formal wear. These designs stitch quickly because they’re all only one color. And, the Anita Goodesign Manly Minis designs cover a range of hobbies and occupations so you can find the mini that best fit your dad’s passions and personality.

I Heart Dad

Anita Goodesign Dad's the Man

The Dad’s the Man design is perfect for a pillowcase, shirt, bag, or whatever you think your dad would love. And with 8 types of hearts to choose from, you can personalize this message to your father. Whether your dad is a hunter, handyman, food lover or sports fanatic, you choose the design that means the most for your dad.

Gifts for Brothers or Husbands

DIY machine embroidery gifts make it easy to create something meaningful and useful for a brother or husband. Whatever their passions or hobbies are, you can embroider related accessories, picking designs that match your brother or husband’s personality. For more gift ideas, check out this holiday gift guide for him to help you shop for that man in your life who seems to have everything.

Motorcycle Motif

Anita Goodesign Motorcycles

Does your brother or husband go crazy for the motorcycle motif? Maybe they’ve got a few motorcycles stashed away in the shed or garage. The Anita Goodesign motorcycle embroidery is sure to be a hit this holiday season. Add motorcycle embroidery to a denim jacket, leather vest, denim shirt, travel bag and more.

Hunting Embroidery

Anita Goodesign Hunt Club

If your brother or husband are always planning their next hunting trip, they’ll no doubt love a hunting-related Christmas gift. The Anita Goodesign lodge embroidery is just right for people who love the adventure and simplicity of life outdoors. Our hunting design includes campfires, log cabins, canoes and fishing poles. Alternatively, our hunt club designs include deer, hunting dogs, ducks and designs. Choose the type of hunting your loved one enjoys most. Where should you put these patches? Just about anywhere, from the hunting jacket to your loved one’s camo shirts, on their hunting bag and elsewhere.

Of course, we know that a great many people enjoy the outdoors and hunting, so we’ve got another collection that might suit your loved one. Our Great Outdoors designs include fishing and wildlife designs that integrate perfectly into a full-sized quilt or a quilted design for your walls. You choose which outdoorsy-theme and the outdoorsy product that’s right for the special man in your life.

The Man Pack Summer Shirt

The Man Pack, Gift Guide

For the retro man in your life that loves colorful shirts, check out our Man Pack summer shirt embroideries. The Man Pack designs come in different styles and flavors, including golf, tiki and gambling themes. Another benefit of this DIY machine embroidery gift is that you can apply it to your husband’s or brother’s favorite brand of shirt.

Fishing Fun

The Fishing Fun designs include 18 different species of fish, from saltwater to freshwater fish. Does your brother or husband have a favorite type of fish to catch? Give them the gift of an embroidered patch, nicely framed and in matted for their office, bedroom or dining room. You can also add the patch to a vest, hat, sweatshirt and more.

Gifts for Sisters or Wifes

Give your sister or wife something truly memorable this holiday season. Our holiday gift guide for her feature embroidery designs for women show that embroidery can be practical as well as beautiful. Some popular embroidery ideas include:

E-Reader Case

The Anita Goodesign e-reader case comes in three different sizes for three different types of e-readers, including small, medium and large. E-reader cases can be made from a range of soft and attractive fabrics. If your sister or wife is a reader, these embroidery designs can personalize her case while protecting her e-reader at the same time.

Punny Button

Punny buttons are perfect for women with a sense of humor. Punny buttons make great stocking stuffers as well as decorations for a purse. Punny buttons can also be made into patches and also make good gifts for older children. You pick the colors and phrase that’s right for your loved one.

Gifts for Seamstresses

Do you have a friend or family member who’s a seamstress? We’ve got the gifts for your loved one!

Button Pillow

Button pillows are designs cherished by seamstresses because they give them a chance to use their favorite buttons in an attractive and interesting design. You can create the embroidery design, but let your seamstress friend pick the buttons they’d like to use in this clever design.

Quilts on a Clothesline

Quilts on a clothesline is the embroidery design for that quilter in your life who just loves the beauty and elegance of traditional quilt designs. Quilts on a Clothesline include blocks for various traditional quilting patterns.

Gifts for Coworkers, Bosses and Teachers

If you’re shopping for gifts for your favorite co-workers we can help! Give your coworkers the gift of time and organization with the mini calendar, made by you. This gift makes an appropriate gift for bosses and teachers as well as coworkers. It’s practical, attractive and appropriate for a range of gift recipients. Need some embroidery gift ideas for your favorite teacher? Check out our holiday gift guide for teachers for more ideas.

Ready for the Holidays? It’s Time to Get Started With DIY Machine Embroidery Gifts!

The holiday machine embroidery projects above are just a taste of the types of gifts you can make for all of the important people in your lives. Embroidered gifts make it really easy to personalize objects that you know friends and loved ones or will use throughout the year. DIY machine embroidery gifts are one of a kind and unique, making them a little extra special. With a range of designs for everyone and all ages and interests, Anita Goodesign can help you find the right Christmas gifts for the people you love.

The Holiday Gift Guide for Last Minute Gifts

It is Hadley again, here with our Holiday Gift Guide for Last Minute Gifts. These are our LAST holiday gift ideas for you guys. Don’t be too sad, we have a lot more for you to get excited about in 2021! 

This is the week we have been waiting for all year! It is Christmas week and I know it has been a crazy year so I am sure you have a ton of last minute shopping to do! I am here to help with this. A majority of these projects take 30-90 minutes to make. With crafting times like these, and our DIGITAL download option, you will have these gifts ready well before the 24th! Be sure to send us pictures of your finished products for a chance to be featured on our social media. 

Watercolor Birthstone Charms

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, they say! They’re not in every girl’s budget though. So here we are with the next best thing. These Watercolor Birthstone Charms give you the option of gifting a birthstone without the price of a real one. What is great about this collection is you can turn the designs into an ornament (to be festive) or a keychain (so they can use it year round). The options for this collection are endless! 

Pet Dog Dispensers

(Holiday Gift Guide Exclusive – Editor’s Pick)

It is 2020 and COVID – everyone needs a pet. However, the chore that no one wants as a pet owner is taking out the dog. So we are here with a way to decorate your leash and make taking your dog out look more fashionable. With these Pet Bag Dispensers you will find 10 designs that will do just that!

Dog & Cat Tags

We cannot talk about the puppies without a gift option for our cats too. These Dog & Cat Tags are great for any pet that you have. It is also not the typical name tag we usually give to our pets. This tag is something to add to their typical tag and decorate their collar more to show their personality.

Witty Word Bags

(Holiday Gift Guide Exclusive – Editor’s Pick)

I don’t know about you all, but being home more has created a desire to get more organized. With these Witty Word Bags, you can get more organized and in a more personalized way. 

Kawaii Fanny Packs

Fanny Packs are BACK!!! They are also better than ever, thanks to Anita Goodesign and our Creative team’s help! Stay on top of the latest fashion trends with the Kawaii Fanny Packs. I know traveling is at a halt, but it will be back soon and this collection will help you to be prepared for when that happens! 

Animal Cord Holders

(Holiday Gift Guide Exclusive – Editor’s Pick)

With more technology coming out everyday, that means more cords to go with them! It is hard to keep things organized if you don’t have these Animal Cord Holders. These collections will help keep your cords from being tangled or to make sure they are put away and organized. 

Tiny Embroidered Pillow

(Holiday Gift Guide Exclusive – Editor’s Pick)

This was a collection that had to be added to the group. Mainly because it is so versatile. The collection includes two different hoop sizes and a million different ways to use the design once created! Let us know how you decide to use your Tiny Embroidered Pillow. 

Pocket Animals

Have you learned the zipper bag technique yet? If you have, this is a great collection for you. If you never learned this technique, then what better time? These are adorable Pocket Animals that you can gift to the animal lovers in your life! 

Landscape Coin Purses

With traveling being at a standstill, these Landscape Coin Purses will remind you of all the beautiful views we have to look forward to in 2021! They are perfect for all of the adventurers you still need to buy gifts for! 

Snap Tab Photo Frames

Take your favorite photos with you, wherever you go, with these Snap Tab Photo Frames! 

I hope these 10 collections have given you more direction this holiday season! You can view our Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide page here.

We hope that you have enjoyed all of our Holiday Gift Guides and that you were able to find a few gifts for those you care about along the way! The Marketing team has loved putting  these blogs together for you and being apart of your Christmas! 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Customer Experience team at customerexperience@anita-goodesign.com. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone!

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