How to Do Reverse Applique

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    Reverse appliqué is a sewing technique that is used in a variety of crafts, most often quilting. It involves layering fabrics, and then cutting away at the top layers to reveal the fabric underneath in unique patterns. It is a good way to add dimension, color, shape and texture to a project, giving it an interesting twist. A throw pillow made with the reverse applique technique will add interest to a sofa, chair or bed.

    Things You'll Need

    • Two pieces of different colored cotton fabric
    • Fabric pencil
    • Size 10 sewing needle
    • Thread matching the top fabric
    • Straight pins
    • Embroidery scissors

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    Pre-wash, dry and pre-iron two pieces of fabric. Cut them both into squares or rectangles that are the same size.

    Transfer your pattern to the right side of the fabric that will be on top. You can trace, mark, or draw freehand, whichever works best for you, with fabric pencils. This transferred marking will be the cut line.

    Draw a dotted line 1/8 inch away from the seam line on the fabric, using a fabric pencil. This will be your seam line. Cut along the dotted cut line with embroidery scissors, creating a design-shaped hole within the top square or rectangle of fabric.

    Clip inside the curves and notch outside curves to seam allowance. Clip inside corners to seam allowance, and square off outside corners. Make very small clips that do not reach the seam line.This technique will help your reverse appliqué lay flat.

    Stack the two pieces of fabric right side up. Pin them together with straight pins.

    Stitch the fabrics together by hand, using the tip of a size 10 needle to push the top fabric under to the seam line and attach the to fabric to the bottom fabric with very small stitches.

    • Use contrasting fabrics for reverse applique.