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In practically no time at all—20-minutes—create a fabric postcard that is personalized and thoughtful. Commercially made cards are wonderful, but they can’t possibly pen the personalized message you’d like to send. With this quick paper-piecing tutorial and fabric from your stash you’ll have a beautiful card to send to your loved ones.

If you’ve never tried paper piecing, here’s a very simple project to give you the confidence to sew!

Paper Piecing Tutorial

To start, download the file and print the pattern on Translucent Foundation Paper. Standard printer paper will work but will be opaque and more challenging to see through.


Nancy Zieman Paper Pieced Heart Postcard Cut Fabrics



Cut Fabrics:

For each postcard/block you’ll need scraps from three coordinating fabrics:

  • Medium/Heart: (1) 1-1/2″ x 2-1/4″, (1) 2-1/4″ x 3-1/4″
  • Light/background: (3) 1-1/4″ x 1-1/4″, (2) 1-3/4″ x 3″
  • Dark/Borders: (2) 1-1/4″ x 3-1/2″, (2) 2″ x 5″

 Basic paper piecing concepts:

  • Numbers in the design sections indicate the sequence in which fabric sections are joined.
  • Place all fabrics on the unprinted side of the paper starting with the center section.
  • Add fabric sections to the design in numerical sequence, right sides together.
  • Stitch on the right side of the paper, following the marked lines on the paper.
  • Position the next pattern piece.
  • Stitch section in place, sewing from the right side of the paper and following the marked lines. Press fabric to cover seam.
  • Repeat the positioning, stitching, and pressing until all sections are added.

 Paper Piece the Heart Block:

  • Place fabric section 1 behind the corresponding area on the paper pattern, with wrong side of the fabric meeting unprinted side of the paper. Optional: Pin fabric in place from printed side of the paper.
  • Meet the edge of fabric section 2 to fabric 1, right sides together.


Nancy Zieman Paper Pieced Heart Postcard Step One



  • From the printed side of the paper, stitch along the line (between 1 & 2) joining the two sections, starting and ending a stitch or two beyond the line.


Nancy Zieman Paper Pieced Heart Postcard Step Two



  • Press fabric to cover seam.


Nancy Zieman Paper Pieced Heart Postcard Step Three



  • Meet the edge of fabric section 3 to fabric 1, right sides together.


Nancy Zieman Paper Pieced Heart Post Card Step Four



  • From the printed side of the paper, stitch along the line (between 1 & 3) joining the two sections.


Nancy Zieman Paper Pieced Heart Postcard Step Five



  • Press fabric to cover the seam. A mini-iron works well on small projects.


Nancy Zieman Paper Pieced Heart Postcard Step Six



  • Repeat the process for each of the remaining 11 pieces.


Nancy Zieman Paper Pieced Heart Postcard Step Seven




Nancy Zieman Paper Pieced Heart Postcard Step Eight




Nancy Zieman Paper Pieced Heart Postcard Step Nine




Nancy Zieman Paper Pieced Heart Postcard Step Ten



  • With the printed side of the paper facing up, trim block along outside line.


Nancy Zieman Paper Pieced Heart Postcard Step Eleven



  • Cut a piece of cardstock the same size as the heart block. The back side of a repurposed greeting card works great!


Nancy Zieman Paper Pieced Heart Postcard Step Twelve



  • Edgestitch heart block to cardstock, wrong sides together, using a scant 1/4″ seam.


Nancy Zieman Paper Pieced Heart Postcard Step Thirteen




Nancy Zieman Paper Pieced Heart Postcard Step Fourteen



  •  Add a message, postage stamp, and address—then mail your Valentine!


Paper-Pieced Fabric Postcard Valentine Heart Sewing and Quilting Pattern by Nancy Zieman



P.S. I like the Extra Fine Point Erasable Gel Pens for writing and sewing. The markings are removed from fabrics with heat when ironed. Cool!


nancy zieman blog paper piecing



Love Your Heart—A Heart Healthy Program

Since February valentines and hearts all go together, I’d like to share a great program designed by UW Health. Take just five minutes a day to show your heart—and yourself—a little love this February with their 28 Days 28 Way to Love Your Heart. I know the program was designed to be followed the 28 days of February, but I say, start today and continue all year!

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