Wednesday, August 3, 2011

NEW PROJECT - Reverse Applique

Last night (well, actually in the wee hours of this morning), I did my first reverse applique.  This is when the main item, a shirt in my case, is trimmed off of or away from a fabric that is placed underneath.  I'd been wanting to try one of these designs.  So when I monogrammed a shirt that I wasn't happy with, that gave me the perfect opportunity!  Bye Bye monogram.  Hello Cute 'Lil Apple!  The new shirt is perfect for back to school or Fall apple picking!
Here's where I started...this monogram will be cut out in a later step.  I have the fabric that will be the apple underneath the shirt inside the hoop.

I took this next picture because I was amused by the machine's report that this takes 6 minutes.  That's 6 minutes of stitching - doesn't include choosing the design, thread & fabric, hooping the shirt, trimming, ironing, etc.  It'll be worth it in the end.
Anyway....I rotated the design 90 degrees and away we go.....


The tack down stitching is done & the monogram is trimmed away.  (Except for that small little bit at the top, but I'll take care of that.)  Then there is a decorative stitch that goes around the apple to hold everything secure.  The inside edges of the knit won't fray.

There you have it!  And I've now added apples & caramel dip to the grocery list!  YUM!

1 comment:

  1. Ok, this is a genius idea for repurposing a shirt with a boo-boo! I've heard of adding a patch over a mistake, but that makes the whole thing thick, and the evidence is still on the back. Cutting away the error and doing reverse applique is perfect! I actually just did my first reverse applique last week.
    I'm stashing this into my idea bank!! :)