Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Reverse applique

Lately, I've noticed lots of articles in magazines and on the Internet about reverse applique. It's a great technique to use on t-shirts, especially if you have a favorite that has a small hole or stain that you want to cover. Basically, you sew a fabric patch on the back (wrong side) of the shirt, then trim out the front of the shirt, revealing the patch underneath. T-shirts don't really fray, so you can leave raw edges and not worry about it.

Yesterday, I worked on a sample for my (new) adult sewing class. The t-shirt was a men's XL for $3 at the thrift store, and I patched it with a couple old t-shirts and some yardage I bought recently. Of course I couldn't resist spicing things up a little: I used a gel pen to doodle on the light pink fabric before I sewed it.

Reverse applique hearts

The latest issue of Sew Simple (volume 12) has a nice article about reverse applique. I also found a great, straightforward tutorial here at the blog "that *darn* kat." The only tip that I would add is that if you haven't sewn knits before, this is a good way to start. Use a short stitch length, go slow to get around the curves, and enjoy the results!


Joanne said...

Oh, I've wanted to do that! My DH gave away some sweat type zip front jackets and I'm wearing them. I'm worried they are a bit masculine so I want to stitch a pink heart or something to girlie them up a bit. I'll post if I get around to it!

NM_Creatrix said...

Great idea, and glad to see that you are teaching! Haven't checked out your blog for a while, and I am enjoying what I am seeing!

Ron said...

Judy when I was a youngster my mom would iron on denim patches on the backside holes of my jeans. Would they count as "Reverse Applique",,,,I wonder? Come to think of it, I did the same to my son's jeans. Oh my....LOL!!