Frugal Fun Projects - Punched Quilt
Quilts. Some contain geometric patterns. Some tell a story. Some functionally use scrap fabric while
others include carefully planned colors and fabrics. Regardless, all of the quilts infuse a feeling
of home and warmth with their beauty and skillful construction. But, quilting takes time. Our instructions
show how easily you can complete a beautiful punched quilt heart within a small amount of time using
inexpensive materials and tools.
Frugal Fun Projects: Punched Quilt Heart Materials and Tools:
- 9 x 9 inches square of 1/4 inch thick foam core board
- White fabric for background
- Gingham fabric for top of heart shape
- Small gingham checked material for two of the squares in the heart shape
- Fabric with small white hearts on red background for other two squares
- Red fabric for frame around the square
- Note: the pieces of fabric should be a light weight to medium weight woven
fabric. Thick fabric becomes too difficult to punch into the foam core.
- Felt fabric to finish the back of the project
- Sharp knife (craft or kitchen knife)
- Nail file to punch the fabric into the foam core (dull side of a knife would work as well)
- Ruler or straight edge
- Paper towel to clean any glue mishaps
- Pattern (Click here for the
The Steps for How to Make the Frugal Fun Projects: Punched Quilt Heart:
Print two copies of the punched quilt heart pattern. Center and glue one of the 7 x
7 patterns within the 9 x 9 square of foam core board. Let the glue dry.
Using the second printed pattern, cut the individual pattern pieces
Select the fabric for each piece and cut the shapes allowing for 1/4 inch extra fabric around each
pattern. This extra fabric will be punched into the foam core board.
Similar to sewing, clip the curves and corners. This removes excess fabric from the punched quilt heart
"seams" and makes it easier to push the fabric into the foam core board.
Likewise, pin the pattern to the background fabric, and cut the heart shape allowing 1/4
inch extra fabric on the outside and inside of the pattern.
Clip the curves and points inside the heart shape and cut the outer corners on the diagonal.
Cut four pieces of fabric for the outside frame. They should be 9.5 inches long by 2+ inches wide. The
width should include the punched seam allowance (1/4 inch), the width of the frame (1 inch),
the depth of the foam core (1/4 inch) and enough fabric to wrap to the back (at least 1/2 inch or
Cut the felt backing into a square 8 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches. The slightly smaller dimensions prevents the
felt from overlapping the back edge.
Use a sharp blade (craft or kitchen knife) to score the foam core board along the lines of the
pattern glued to the board. Cut through the pattern, the top layer of the foam core board
and the middle core of foam. Be careful NOT to cut through the bottom layer of the foam core board.
A few cuts into the back are fine, but consistently cutting through all layers destroys the structure of the foam
Use a ruler or straight edge to make cutting the straight lines faster.
Make sure all the lines are scored before removing the pattern. You can leave the pattern attached if
the printed lines won't show through the fabric. In this example, the black lines on the pattern would show
through the white fabric.
For the four corners, cut a diagonal line from the square to the outer corner of the foam core. (The
craft knife points to one of the corner cuts below.)
Position the fabric background over the cut lines in the foam core board. Use a nail file to push the fabric
edge into the cut channels. You can use a dull knife instead for pushing the fabric into the
To anchor the fabric, push the fabric into the foam core on opposite sides - top and bottom, left and right,
inside and outside of the pattern. After the fabric is anchored, you can punch the rest of the "seams" into the
Use the same technique to add the heart pieces to the foam core.
For the frame, position the fabric along the edge, trim the ends diagonally with an extra 1/4
inch to punch into the foam core board.
After punching the frame fabric, wrap the material to the back of the foam core board and hold in place
with drops of glue. Center the felt backing on the foam core board and attach with glue.
With a small of time and effort, you have a cheerful and pretty quilted square that can sit in a frame
or hang on a wall.
The punched quilt heart takes only a few scraps of material to make. As a beautiful alternative, you can use
scraps of children's worn or outgrown clothing to make a remembrance heart. Or, many piece goods stores offer
scraps of fabric at an inexpensive price.
Regardless, you can have fun making this beautiful punched quilt heart square to be enjoyed in your
own home or to be given to friends or family as a gift from your heart.