Every one of these shirts was either handed down, thrifted, stained or otherwise headed to the giveaway pile. With reverse appliqué (using other t-shirt and fabric scraps), these shirts have been given a new life. Reverse appliqué is not new in the crafting world, but it’s good to remember it’s not just a technique for creating new designs. It’s also an easy and practical ways to extend the life of your children’s old clothes. Let’s save those stained shirts!
How to do Reverse Appliqué
Disappearing ink marking pen
Scrap of fabric
1. With a disappearing ink marking pen, draw desired shape onto garment around stain or hole
2. Place scrap of fabric behind design and pin into place.
3. With sewing machine, straight stitch on top of marker lines.
4. Using sharp tipped scissors, cut into center of top layer of fabric and trim to design to ¼” from stitching line.
5. Wash and dry to soften up cut edges.
Download the Heart and Bow Applique template HERE (pdf).