Monday, July 19, 2010

Reverse applique tutorial

So, most of you probably have this one figured out, but I thought I would share it anyhow!
For this you will need:
knit T-shirt
cotton applique fabric
sewing machine
matching thread

Start by turning your shirt INSIDE OUT
Cut out the shape you want your applique to be. (Stars, Anchors, initials, numbers, etc. would all be cute!)
Then pin your applique face down to your shirt which is inside out! I recommend plenty of pins to keep it in place. However don't let them get too close to the edges of the applique so you don't have to take them out while sewing it on.

Now use thread that matched your T Shirt, and sew around the edged of your applique. I do this twice. After the first time around I take out the pins, so it is easier to do the second time. I leave about 1/2 an inch around the edges.

I am not a perfectionist when it comes to the second time around, because the matching thread hides most imperfections when you turn it right side out.

Turn the shirt right side out, and lift the knit shirt away from the applique and make a little snip in the fabric so you can cut out the knit.

Cut all the way around your shape.

And there you have it! My new favorite way to applique!
(that rhymed. not on purpose.)

1 comment:

Jessie said...

I cannot wait to try this. I love that your zebra fabric is an old shower curtain :)