A heart shaped plushie with assorted smiling chocolates rests on a white background.

Calling all sweethearts! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and Heidi Kenney, designer of all things cute and tasty, has created a chocolatey treat especially for you. Using just a fat quarter of Polartec® Fleece, Heidi’s Valentine Chocolate Box Pillow design is perfect for your best friend, your mom and even your one and only true love (yourself, included!) Our favorite thing is that this chocolate box won’t melt or go bad—it’s meant to last as long as love itself. Follow along below with Heidi’s simple step-by-step tutorial and make your very own Valentine plushie.

Look no further for a gift that comes from the heart this V-Day! Make this loveable plushie that will melt your Valentine’s heart. Give a real box of chocolates in case their mouth waters at this gift. Spoonflower’s Polartec® Fleece is the perfect fabric for this project! It’s soft, cozy and offers a vibrant color. While you’re gathering your fabric, consider stitching a fabric label to add your signature to this personable gift.


  • 1 fat quarter of Polartec® Fleece in Heidi’s Valentine Chocolate Box Pillow design
  • Sewing machine
  • Coordinating thread
  • Fiberfill
  • Scissors and/or rotary cutter
  • (optional) ruler—to evenly measure and cut your fabric in half
  • (optional) sewing pins

How to Make a Heart Shape Plushie

Step 1: Cut your fabric out

Cut out your two hearts and the long red strip from your fat quarter fabric.

Heidi cuts out her fat quarter design at her wooden work station.

Step 2: Cut the strip in half

Using your rotary cutter or scissors, cut your long red strip in half longways.

Two images side-by-side as one. On the left Heidi uses a rotary cutter and ruler to cut a red strip in half vertically. The picture to the right shows her holding two strips side by side.

Step 3: Sew your strips together

Take your two strips and sew them together at one end, creating one long strip. Notice, the red sides are facing.

Heidi holds up hew two red strips sewn together as one. Her hands are near the seam indicating where the two strips where sewn together.

Step 4: Arrange your red strip to your fabric heart

Place your ribbon on the heart shaped fabric with the chocolates on it. Align your red strip so the seam lines up with the center of the heart. Grab some safety pins to help keep things in place as we get ready to sew. Make sure the fabrics are facing as you insert pins.

Heidi places her sewn together strip to the heart cut out that includes the smiling chocolates. She's determining where to place her strip before sewing.

Step 5: Sew the strip and heart together

With right sides facing, sew your strip to your first heart.

Heidi stitches her strip to the heart shaped cut out with the smiling chocolates. Her hands are guiding the fabric through the sewing machine.

Step 6: Attach the other heart

Line up the other heart along the other edge of the long red strip in the same way you did the first heart. Pin in place and sew along the entire heart leaving an opening near the bottom of the heart about 3″ long. This opening will allow us to flip the heart right side out, and stuff it with Fiberfill.

Heidi is using safety pins to secure the second heart shaped cut out to the other side of the red strip.

Step 7: Flip heart and fill

Turn your pillow right side out, stuff with Fiberfill and hand stitch the opening closed.

Heidi is holding up the sewn together heart before filling it with fiberfill.

Frequently Asked Questions

What fabric should I use to make a heart shape plushie?
In this tutorial we use Polartec® Fleece because it is soft, stretchy and easily passes through a sewing needle. In other plushie tutorials, we also use Minky.
Could I use other designs to make a heart shape plushie?
You most certainly can! Consider buying this design to use as a template, along with your other design for your project. Check out our Fill-A-Yard® program if you plan to make more than one plushie.
What is the skill level to make a heart shape plushie?
The tutorial is beginner-friendly.

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