Reverse Applique: A Tutorial

Sorry no post yesterday, I was out all day with my friend Tracy, and had intentions of writing up a post, but instead passed out lol. Hopefully this post will make up for it ;). Have you ever wondered how people do reverse appliques on fabric? Me too…and then Pinterest was created…and now I don’t need to wonder about anything lol. I found this tutorial on Pinterest a while ago and have made a few things since. It’s a lot fun!! The first time I tried it, I practiced on a plain tank top. It came out great, but when I washed it, it fell apart :(. The person in the tutorial I found used interfacing, but I didn’t/still don’t have any, so this time I just cut further away from the thread. I would suggest using an interfacing though, as it gives an extra reinforcement.


So, I started by making a stencil. I saw a picture on Pinterest where they put their monogram on a pillowcase, so I decided to do that. Using my computer, I got my “B” and traced it out, like I did with my Like a Rolling Stone Tee, and Shark…Day! posts.


Then, I put it over my fabric (right side down and the stencil backwards) and traced it using a pencil.


I cut it out about a 1/4in around the pencil line, that way I can use them as my sewing guides.


I placed the fabric where I wanted it on my pillowcase, and pinned it down. (Pillow case inside out, my “B” right side down.)


Using the pencil lines as my guide, I sewed (very carefully!) along them.


Turn it inside out (or really, rightside in!) and make sure it looks good.


This is my favorite part, because you really get to see how cute it’s going to be! You have to be reallllyyy careful while cutting, because you don’t want to cut into the other fabric, or the thread. You want to get as close as the thread as you can without cutting through. I cut a little further away because like I said before, I didn’t use interfacing.


Here it is all done!! Isn’t it adorable?! (Ignore the wrinkles, I’m too lazy to iron!) Aren’t you thinking….OooOohh what can I make?! I know…I have a list of things that I want to make using this method!! πŸ™‚


**Have a project you made using one of my tutorials? Show it off! I, along with all my followers, would love to see it! πŸ™‚ I’ve started a new page on my blog called “Your Pictures!”, located right next to the “Home” and “About This Blog!” links at the top of my blog. Check it out for more information, and to see other fan pics! (Just added a sweet one today!!)**

Until tomorrow!!


17 responses to “Reverse Applique: A Tutorial

  1. so cute! love it! will have to try this! question- how did you cut the insides of the B on the fabric? just with scissors?

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