Sew Many Hearts, Sew Little Time: The Best Valentine Embroidery Designs

Tired of snow and cold weather? These adorable hand and machine Valentine embroidery designs will warm things up just in time for the sweetest days of the year!

XOXO Kiss Applique design.

Photo via Craftsy member Baby Kay’s Appliqués

Let’s stitch up some love!



Photo via Craftsy member Scarlet Pyjamas

Named after a northern Scottish island, Fair Isle is a knitting technique that incorporates colored patterns in the design. This cross stitch pattern looks like it just came off of a sweater and could easily be customized by changing colors.

Cross stitch Valentine cat and airplane

Photos via Craftsy members Stitching Fairy (left) and Daily Cross Stitch (right)

This feline design would be purrfect for the cat aficionado in your life. Leave heart trails with the airplane with a hoop frame. Both patterns stitch up quickly.

Hand stitching

My Funny Valentine embroidery with coloring.

Photos via Craftsy member Xander Panda

Craftsy member Xander Panda also uses the hoop as a frame. Check out this blog post by designer Julie Bull to learn how to color hand-stitched designs.

Valentine pillow hand embroidery project.

Photos via Craftsy member Patchwork Posse

Stitch up a bunch of these valentine pillows. Valentine lace embroidered pillows

Directions include tips for using orphaned quilt blocks, laces and trims. They will be too pretty to put away.

Primitive valentine ornament pattern

Photo via Craftsy member Teresa’s Primitive Treasures

Add a hanger, and maybe some natural aromatics, to these wool-trimmed beauties and you have the makings of a year-round home embellishment.

Machine appliqué

Valentine truck and bear applique designs.

Photos via Craftsy member Crazy for Appliqué

Young and young at heart will proudly wear shirts featuring these appliqué designs.

Valentine applique machine embroidery designs.

Photo via Craftsy member Baby Kay’s Appliqués


Split heart valentine applique design

Photos via Craftsy member Appliqué Geek

Split appliqué designs are very versatile. Add a sentiment, like “Be Mine,” to a towel or further personalize embroidered items with the recipient’s name.

In-the-hoop machine embroidery

In the hoop valentine machine embroidery designs

Photos via Craftsy member EmbGarden

In-the-hoop machine embroidery makes quick work of Valentines. Three options by Craftsy member EmbGarden will be perfect for classroom distribution whether or not treats are permitted. Stitch up cute covers for lollipops or holders for glue sticks, rulers, and pencils.

Valentine mug rug embroidery design.

Photo via Cratsy member Snez

Who would not want a mug rug? By keeping the heart-themed quilting and adding a monogram in place of the Valentine sentiment, the mug rug could be used all year long.

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