Reverse Applique Quilted Heart Coasters

on February 10 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 85 Comments

These Reverse Applique Quilted Heart Coasters from Vicki at Sew Inspired might just inspire you to whip up a few today! You can learn more about Vicki in her introduction.

1. Materials for 4 coasters:

  • 11 5″ fabric squares for strip pieced hearts and coaster backs
  • 4 5″ fabric squares for reverse applique upper layer
  • 4 5″ low-loft batting squares (I used Warm and White)

You can download and print your copy of the heart template I made or make your own template. When you print the inside square should be 4.5″ wide (be sure you don’t have your printer settings set to “fill page”).

2. Download a heart template or prepare your own. To make your own: Cut out a square of paper that is 4.5″ on all sides.

3. Fold the square in half and draw half of a heart.

4. Cut out the heart. It needs to fit in the 4.5″ square which is the finished measurement of the coaster.

5. Cut 7 of the 5″ squares into 1.5″ strips. (You can use varying strip widths if you want.)

6. Sew the strips into 4 squares. Press seams. You will probably need to trim your square to 5″ in width after piecing it together.

7, 8. Lay your heart template over the reverse applique upper layer and trace the heart shape with a water soluble marker.

9. Position the upper layer over the pieced square. Make sure the pieced square is right side up and the strips run the way you want them to (I like them vertical.) Pin the two layers together.

10. Sew around the heart on your marked line.

11. Carefully cut the upper layer inside, and close to, the stitching line, so the pieced layer shows inside your heart shape.

12. Flip it over and trim the pieced layer about 1/4″ away from the stitching line. Be careful to only cut the layer you want to cut!

13-16. Layer your squares for assembly: position the back piece facing up, then place the heart applique layer on top of the back facing down, then place the batting square on top. Pin well.

17. Start about an inch from a corner and sew 1/4″ from the edge around all layers. Leave an opening in one side for turning (as seen in photo 18). Backstitch at the beginning and end of your seam. You will need to be careful not to let your layers shift, or use a walking foot if available.

18. Trim corners.

19. Turn right side out.

20. Poke out your corners, being careful not to push all the way through your corner. I’ll confess that I use the point of my closed scissors to do this. You can also use a chopstick, or pencil, or whatever works. Just be careful not to poke too hard, you could get a hole in the corner. Carefully fold the edges of your opening to the inside and pin.

21. Start on the edge that was left open and stitch around the whole coaster about 1/8″ from the edge. Make sure the edges don’t have excess folds of fabric and that the seam between the upper and lower layers is pushed out all the way to the edge.

22. Quilt as desired. I quilted vertical lines following a pattern shown by the arrows in photo 22. My lines are different widths apart on purpose. Make sure the raw edges of the applique layer don’t get stitched down the wrong way.

23. Use a cotton swab to wash away the water soluble marker. (This was the first time I’ve tried this, and it works really well. I got the idea from Diane at CraftyPod.)

24. All finished! Congratulations! I’m going to make a dishtowel to match now!

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85 Responses to Reverse Applique Quilted Heart Coasters

  1. Karen says:

    These coasters are great all occasion coasters. I’m going to make a nice stack to have them on hand in case I end up hosting a large group. They also would make a nice hostess gift.

  2. Katy says:

    Just what I was looking for! Thanks so much!

  3. Vicki says:

    Jennifer–I used part of a Hushabye charm pack for this project and the fabric in #13 is from that line.

    thanks again everyone!

  4. Jennifer S. says:

    Need to know what fabric was in # 13 there – it’s awesome!!!

  5. Catie says:

    Great tute thanks so much

  6. Christine says:

    These are so cute, and will be on my Christmas gift giving list this year.

  7. Kari says:

    Just finished my first set and they are lovely. I used felt as batting and I didn’t quilt over it – but they look sturdy all the same. Thanks! Easy, fast gifts for sure!

  8. Mary says:

    Very cute. I made some similar coasters, but with circles instead of hearts.

  9. Faith says:

    How fun. I can’t wait to try to make them.

  10. Kacie J says:

    These look awesome! I may have to make them.

  11. Alyssa says:

    Oh, I like!

  12. Julia in WDM says:

    love this idea!

  13. Stacy says:

    Great idea! I have never done reverse applique before, so this would be a good project to learn with!

  14. Melanie says:

    These are beautiful!

  15. Mama Lusco says:

    Very nice! thanks for the tutorial.

  16. Sarahe4e says:

    Congrats to Vicki for this tutoral being on Se-Mama-Sew. V. is such a no nonsence designer. I really like the ideas she comes up with. They are always easy to do with my own supplies. This is one idea you can use in many different ways,not just coasters.

  17. Julia says:

    That’s great!!

  18. Michele says:

    Love these! They would make such a cute little gift.

  19. tscd says:

    Wow! This looks do-able

  20. suzi says:

    cute project

  21. Kelli says:

    LOVE IT!!!!!! Now I’m not sure if I want to tackle the embroidered ones from Friday or these first…decisions, decisions!

  22. I’m a relatively new seamstress… but I think I could do that. Thank you!

  23. Ginger says:

    What a cute project!

  24. Ginger says:

    Very cute!

  25. Katie B says:

    Very cute. I love the fabric.

  26. Ooh! This is a perfect application of reverse applique! Great job Vicki!

  27. Megan L says:

    Oh wow, this looks so sweet! As soon as I get a chance, I’m going to try these!

  28. Cheryl says:

    So cute, great idea! You’ve got to love those water soluble markers. Thanks for sharing!

  29. Marcia W. says:

    These I can make – love the fabric selection

  30. Jo says:

    Wow I just made one! I love this tutorial it was so well written and easy to follow. Thanks

  31. Angela says:

    Very clear directions. Well done. Now if I’d get off the computer….

  32. duff says:

    this is giving me ideas! how about a few of these scattered on a quilt? Ooh, I love a challenge!

  33. Becky says:

    Superb tutorial! Thanks! Especially for the Q-tip hint.

  34. Molly says:

    Awesome! I can’t wait to make some!!

  35. nopinkhere says:

    Makes reverse appliqué seem doable. Thanks!

  36. kara says:

    How fun and easy! Thanks.

  37. Linda says:

    Wow, another cute project!

  38. Great tutorial and that fabric that was used is so cute! Thank you for the great idea.

  39. ~Helena~ says:

    Thanks, that is super cute.

  40. Claire says:

    Wow, the coaster is amazing- and not nearly as hard as I thought. I can’t wait to make them!

  41. Stacey C. says:

    Wow–interesting idea. I’d never thought of doing that before–thanks!

  42. Megan Berry says:

    I love the more subtle valentine-y colors. Lovely idea!

  43. Katie says:


  44. Danielle says:

    Love it!

  45. shannon says:

    absoutely adorable!

  46. Ellen says:

    This is a great tutorial! I can see myself using this technique for lots of different projects.

  47. Vicki says:

    Oh wow, thanks everyone for so many kind comments! I’d love to see pictures if any of you make these coasters :).

    @gsogirl, yes the edge is left raw.

  48. Trish says:

    Love this, always wantd to have a go at reverse applique but wasn’t quite sure where to start! Fab tutorial. Thanks 😉

  49. Jen says:

    This tutorial is great, I can’t wait to make a set! Will use my cookie cutters to make other designs, I think shamrocks will be adorable.


  50. Lisa says:

    Cute idea. I like to use reverse applique with baby items too!

  51. Thanks for sharing. I’ve always wanted to learn reverse applique.

  52. Liz B says:

    so cute!

  53. Erin says:

    This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

  54. Jessica C. says:

    I want to make these right now!

  55. Cindy says:

    What a great idea and simple too. Thanks.

  56. alisha says:

    I’d love to try reverse applique. Great tutorial!

  57. Maya says:

    This is a great tutorial! I really like these costers.

  58. Amy says:

    Very cute! Love that vertical quilting.

  59. jm says:

    This makes reverse applique look like something I could actually do!

  60. Jenny says:

    Just love reverse applique but have yet to try it! What a great project! Thanks!

  61. Desiree says:

    these are adorable.

  62. Ramona says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial!

  63. I love the hens and chicks made by Vicki of sew inspired! I would love to see the finished quilt when it’s done. so adorable.

  64. Elizabeth says:

    Super-cute–I love it! 🙂

  65. DebbieKL says:

    Very cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

  66. Sarah says:

    So cute! I’ve always wondered how to do that.

  67. susan hwang says:

    thanks for the tutorial. i need to work on making more uniform quilting lines so this is great practice 🙂

  68. Sade says:

    Great idea. I really like the reverse applique.

  69. qsogirl says:

    so just to clarify, the cut edge around the reverse applique remains raw (but stopped from fraying a lot by the stitching line)?

  70. Bekah says:

    Neat idea, thanks!

  71. Brandi says:

    Love this! so cute and easy, thanks for the tutorial!

  72. Carrie says:

    what a great idea about the cotton swap… never would have come up with that myself.

  73. Celeste says:

    Very fun!

  74. Robyn says:

    very cute! Thanks for the instructions for reverse applique! I’d like to give that one a try!

  75. DebbieB says:

    Those are lovely. And look at those wonderful straight lines! Mine are never quite that good!

  76. Beth says:

    I’ve seen a lot of reverse appliqued projects lately and this would be a great one for a first time attempt.

  77. Jessica B says:


  78. amylouwho says:

    awesome tute, Vicki! These are so cute ! And you just gave me an idea for a quilting bee block. 🙂

  79. Lizzy says:

    I wanted to know how to do reverse appliqué, thankyou! 🙂

  80. Tong says:

    Love this!! So cute!! Definitely going on my to-make list!

  81. Morgan says:

    Ooh so many many possibilities with these. And the simplest reverse applique ever – right up my alley.

  82. alison says:

    Love these fab coasters! and I love that she didn’t use the traditional red and white for Valentine’s Day!

  83. Ann says:

    Very cute. I love the reverse applique idea. Not sure I need coasters but could adapt this to lots of other projects.

  84. Jamie says:

    That is so adorable, thanks for sharing!!

  85. Krystina says:

    Great tutorial! Not nearly as intimidating as I thought initially!

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