Free ME Fil Tire’ Heart Design

To receive the free machine embroidered heart design, state your request as a comment at the end of this post. The .pes design will be e-mailed to you.

fil tire’ hearts on Swiss flannel baby shawl

The previous post which showed Judy Day’s Valentine outfits for her granddaughters reminds me that this celebration of affection is just around the corner.

For Laurel, my 7 year-old granddaughter, I am smocking a pink bishop nightgown with a matching one for her AG doll.  But I have left a small section at the center front with no pleats.  Machine embroidered in this area is the fil tire’ heart.


I’ve used this design several times for Laurel, most recently on last year’s Easter dress.

My overly ambitious plan was to have these nighties finished by now, feature them in this post and offer the design free to readers.  I thought this might give you enough time to use it on some Valentine project.

This is just a very small token of my gratitude for those of you who read this blog, those who have made purchases to help me in my de-stashing efforts, and those who have offered your friendship.  I do so appreciate each one of you.

Well, neither gown is done but ….tick*tock*tick*tock…time passes by.  So I am re-running this  Pink Diamond Baby Pillow post and a photo above from the Heart Swag Baby Shawl post to show you what the heart looks like.  It also includes detailed instructions for stitching it out.

fil tire’ heart in winter colors, 1.56″ x 1.92″

So, Dear Readers, happy Valentine sewing to you.  Just leave a comment requesting the design and I will e-mail it to you in .pes format.

Note that the free design is for the heart only, as shown in the winter color sew-out above.  The floral swag on the pillow is made up from bits and pieces that I put together from the Fil Tire’ and Fancywork Elements  collection. On the Swiss flannel blanket, the floral swag  is a large design from Combinations.

And please, please, before stitching this design, read the instructions below.  You need to  know when to use your wing needle, when to use 50-60 wt. thread (for the tendrils—or skip this portion of the design) and a few other particulars.


lace edging is E-2, $1.50 py –click on “heirloom lace edgings” in the category menu, under “A STORE”

For several years now, I’ve been collecting old Herrschners, Aunt Ellen, S.S. Kresge, F.W. Woolworth and other vintage needlework catalogs.  If ever you lack inspiration,  these old marketing publications offer unlimited creative vision for everything from bedding, table and kitchen linens, infant and children’s clothing, quilts or any other sort of handiwork.


A 1927 Herrschner catalog featured ready made, hemstitched pillowcases with contrasting “patches of rose or blue” for $1.. For outlining, lazy daisies and one stitching.”  I wish I could still order them! Even though a self addressed envelope was included with the catalog, it seems unlikely that an order would go through.


But it did get me thinking about how I could replicate the design with the inserted “patches.”    The white batiste baby pillow with hemstitched pink diamonds shown above was the result.

Sequencing seemed to be the secret to getting this right. First, a template showing the hem edge of the pillowcase was made.  The heavy black line was for placement of the raw edge of white batiste.


This was traced onto the batiste with washaway marker, extending the line on either side of the diamonds across the entire pillow hemline. The fil tire’ heart and floral spray were machine embroidered above the center scallop, between the two diamonds.

Next, lace edging was slightly gathered and straight stitched on the line with scallops. Excess batiste was cut to 1/2″ below the lace stitching line and then curves clipped and pressed up, away from the lace. Two squares of pink batiste were cut, starched, pressed and then trimmed on two sides with pin stitched lace edging.

A four-layer sandwich was made of:

  • 1. template
  • 2. 8″ wide Stitch N Ditch stabilizer
  • 3. pink diamonds stuck to stabilizer with glue stick
  • 4. embroidered white batiste.

Everything was pinned together except the template, which was removed after pinning. A pin stitch was worked along the lace edging, right through the pink diamonds and on to the far side of the pillow hem edge. Excess pink fabric from the diamonds was cut away.

Finally, a feather stitch echoed the hemstitching. At the peak of each scallop, a web rose was worked. The fil tire’ heart design and the web rose are from the embroidery collection, Fil Tire’ and Fancywork Combinations, by Suzanne Sawko and me.

I would love to see this pillow made up with blue or yellow diamonds. The more I study the old needlework catalogs, the more inspiration I get from yesteryear’s handwork.

124 responses to “Free ME Fil Tire’ Heart Design

  1. Hello;

    I am looking for a back issue of Creative Needle – namely Sept./Oct 1995. Do you know where I might be able to obtain this issue?
    Thanking you in advance for your response.

  2. Judith, I do have that issue. I will write to you privately about it.

  3. Hello, I am just starting to try some of these heirloom dresses for my foster daughter and we’re having our first granddaughter in March. I need some help as to how to pick the right pattern, amount of fabric and trims that I need. And of course I have a very tight budget so I don’t know if it is even possible. But my foster daughter really loves looking at these dresses and I think she deserves one. So I thought that I would try. I see that you selling some things and thought that you might have something with a flaw for a bargain. By the way Matilyn will be five in Feb. but she is really small . I will appreciate any ideas or feed back you might have to offer. Thanks

  4. Tammy, I will write to you privately on Sat. Sorry but I have been tied up alllllll day.

  5. Carolyn Rhodes

    I would love to have the heart design
    Thank you in advance,

  6. Carolyn, the design has been sent. Happy stitching!

  7. Janice,

    I have enjoyed browsing your website and getting inspiration from your beautiful work! I just found out that I’m having my third child this summer (my first girl!!) so I have a lot if sewing to do! I would appreciate it if you would send me the heart design as well as the Baby design in an earlier post.

  8. Anna, this is such exciting news! Congratulations on the upcoming arrival of your precious daughter. The designs have been sent so I hope you find good uses for them in all your sewing. If you get a chance to send a photo, I would love to see a photo of any projects you do with the designs.

  9. I would love to have your little heart design. Thank you!! Carolyn

  10. Carolyn, the fil tire’ heart design has been sent. I hope you enjoy stitching it.

  11. Janice, I would love to have the heart design.
    Can you also please tell me how to buy the FilTire collections.
    Thank you, Lyn

  12. Lyn, the design has been sent and I have sent the info to you in that message.

  13. Hi Janice,
    Beautiful work – I would love your heart design. Thank you for sharing

  14. Zari, the fil tire’ heart design has been sent. Happy stitching!

  15. Beautiful!!!! May I pls try the heart design. Thank you;)

  16. Debra, the design has been sent. I hope you find many uses for this sweet design.

  17. EU SOU BRASILEIRA E AMEI OS DESENHOS .I have a embroidery machine format PES (BROTHER ) I’ m from Brazil and I loved yours embroiery designs.
    obrigada …Thanks

  18. Hello Katia and hello Brazil! The fil tire’ heart design has been sent. I hope you enjoy stitching it.

  19. Debbie Busbee

    I am interested in a swag design in addition to the heart but cannot seem to find where to purchase that. I am not certain
    it will work on nice broadcloth however. I have a Brother PE770 embroidery machine. Will your designs work on that? (Transferred via flash drive). You mentioned a wing needle and I am not familiar with that. I think I may be out of my league here. I have never done heirloom sewing.

  20. Debbie, I will write to you privately and include the free fil tire’ heart.

  21. Breathtakingly beautiful! I would love the fil tire heart if it’s still available. Regardless, thank you so much for posting this.

  22. Fran, the fil tire’ heart has been sent. I hope you enjoy stitching it find useful on many items.

  23. Carole Ulrigg

    Please email the fil tire’ heart. Thank you. Your granddaughters dress is beautiful and what a heirloom!

  24. Carole, the fil tire’ heart has been sent. Thank you for your kind remarks about the dress.

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