how to make a reverse applique. :)

Want to make some cute inexpensive gifts?
This is super easy...and you will love how it looks.
Promise.
You need a stencil for the shape that you want on the shirt, enough fabric to cover the stencil and a blank shirt...my favorites come from Old Navy and Target.
Trace your stencil onto your fabric backwards...
obviously it doesn't matter for "M" but for "B" or something it will...
Now cut out around the shape you just traced...leave at least a half inch or so around the sides...DON'T cut out on the lines. :)
Turn your shirt inside out...and pin
(yes I actually pinned something)
the shape in the right place...on the backside of the front of the shirt.
Make sure it's straight.
Now sew all around on the line that you traced.
Use a small stitch.
You can click on the photo to make it larger...trim the fabric if there is loads.
Turn your shirt right side out...then carefully cut into JUST the t-shirt...
Cut out the center of your stenciled piece...
staying about 1/8in away from the line you sewed...
Personalized cuteness.
You can do any shape or letter or number. :)
Chances are good that I will be making bunches of these for Christmas gifts.

You can too...or you can send me a pile of shirts and I will gladly do them for you. :)

Have fun!
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18 comments:

Grace said...

Thank You! Great tutorial, now I am off to do some for birthdays and Christmas!

Amanda said...

I love it, and think I am actually capable of doing it! I saw something similar on Martha Stewart a few weeks ago, but they did a shirt full of eyes! Too funny! Thanks for the great idea!

Beth said...

i was wondering about this reverse business...thanks for sharing!

Evelyn said...

Thanks for a great tutorial! I might just have to whip up some of these for xmas. :-)

Salinda said...

I love these shirts! And, I'd bet my almost-7 year old would willingly wear something like this--if I let her add a few rhinestones!

A question: Do you use a stabilizer when you applique. I find that my stitches warp my fabric if I don't. I typically just use freezer paper. What do you use?

Simply Sara said...

Yes!
Something I think I may actually be able to do...thanks so much for sharing!

Jennifer said...

OH my goodness! Where were you two weeks ago when I did this, only my version was way crazy harder! I spent 30+min lining up my template on the front of the shirt with the applique on the back!!! Oh my, what was I thinking. Your way is awesome! It is now totally feasible that I might do this again! Thanks!

Amy said...

Great tutorial. I may be to try this one!!

-Amy
Crafting by Candlelight

Neisey said...

thanks for sharing. that is so cute and looks easy.

SarahRachel said...

those are so cool! Love your fabric choices!

Becky said...

This M shirt is awesome but then again I love everything you make!

I am trying to get a clothing swap going...please check it out and let me know what you think. Thanks.

http://beckywaldrop.blogspot.com/2009/10/clothing-swap.html

malerie said...

So cute! Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to try it.

Dana D said...

I wasn't brave enough to try it in reverse today, but... YOU inspired me to make a t-shirt for one of my boys! THANKS!!!

The Parrotts said...

This is SO super-fantastic! I can't wait to try it! :)

The Parrotts said...

This is SO super-fantastic! I can't wait to try it! :)

YaYa02 said...

Thanks for the great idea on the shirts. I've some great gifts to make thanks to you. Is there any way you can show me (us) how to make your messy flowers? I LOVE THEM!!!
Thanks

emily said...

Thanks for the great tutorial! I did a bunch of these today and had a great time doing it :)

sportzmom said...

Just made my first one. So much fun. Thanks for the tutorial!

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