Trailing Hearts Appliqued Button Down

By: Accuquilt
Trailing Hearts Appliqued Button Down
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Personalize your shirts and jackets! Bring new life to old clothes! The Trailing Hearts Appliqued Button Down is a pattern for making custom applique shirts with a design of heart and flower appliques that winds its way around the back of a shirt or jacket. Use green trim or cording for the vine that connects the appliques.

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniqueApplique



  • 2-3 fat quarters for heart flowers
  • 2-3 fat quarters or scraps of various green fabrics for leaves
  • 1-3⁄8 yards fusible web product
  • 4 yards cording or flat trim for vine
  • 1 large and 1 medium size button for flower centers
  • Cotton shirt of choice
  • Accuquilt die cutting machine
  • Accuquilt Heart-2," 3," 4" (55029)
  • Accuquilt 5" x 10" mat (55110)


Cutting Directions:

  1. Apply fusible web to wrong side of selected fabrics following manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Cut 1 —large heart from selected fabric
  3. Cut 4—medium hearts from selected fabrics
  4. Cut 10—small hearts from selected fabrics
  5. Cut 6—small hearts from shades of green fabrics
  6. Cut desired lengths of coordinated cording

Sewing Directions:

  1. Remove paper backing from appliqué shapes.
  2. Choose four hearts for each flower (1 medium flower and 1 small flower).
  3. Layout hearts with points touching on back and shoulder of jacket in random manner, using images as inspiration.
  4. Fuse each flower in place following manufacturer’s instructions.
  5. Draw vine connecting flowers with water soluble marker.
  6. Sew cording over drawn line, by hand or machine.
  7. Remove markings.
  8. Layout leaves with points touching cording and fuse in place.
  9. Appliqué edges of appliqué shapes by hand or machine.
  10. Sew buttons to flower centers.

    Trailing Hearts Appliqued Button Down




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