I am amazed at how fast this baby quilt is coming along, not to mention how much fun I'm having. This quilt has quite a few different elements, like applique and then these padded hearts. So I'm going to show you exactly how I've made them.
Your first step is to make a heart template. Take a piece of printing paper and fold it in half, and roughly draw out one side of the heart meeting in the middle of the fold. Cut it out on the drawn line, open it up and compare it to the size fabric you want to use and see if it fits.
Once you're happy with your template, take two pieces of fabric, right sides together and trace the heart shape using a fabric marking pen. I used a fine line water erasable pen. Pin the pieces of fabric to prevent shifting while sewing, and carefully top stitch right on the marked line taking care to keep the curved edges nice and round. I noticed that when I speed up a little bit when stitching the round edges, that the curves ended up rounder than when I stitched slowly. Once you've stitched all around, cut a ¼ inch seam all around the stitched line.
Next you'll need to cut away the seam allowance at the point of the heart as close to the seam as you can without cutting into the stitches. Then you split the fabric cutting slits very close to the seam, to ensure once you turn it right side out, that the round edges will fold in smoothly.
Then carefully pull the pieces of fabric away from each other and make a cut big enough to turn the heart inside out. Shape and flatten it out, and press using a hot iron.
You'll then need to cut out heart shapes out of batting, every so slightly smaller than the finished heart, that way it will fit nice and snug and you wont get bumps and lumps if its too big, or gaps when too small. Carefully insert the batting inside the heart, smoothing out any creases.
You then finish off by hand sewing the opening at the back. I'm not too worried about it looking perfect, since this will be at the back, and it will get quilted on top of the finished quilt top, this is just to make sure its all secured.
In total I made ten of these hearts that once I'm completely done quilting this baby quilt, it will be top stitched in place.