Monday, August 12, 2013

Reverse Applique Tutorial

I thought I tutorial would be in order for the reverse applique I used on my bag.  You get a pretty picture for the tutorial button  and a more basic design for the tutorial steps.

The fabric I selected was marine vinyl from Joann's.  You could use pleather, leather, suede, vinyl or any type of fabric that does not ravel.  In this tutorial I will refer to the main fabric as vinyl.

Step one:

Find the middle of your project.  I use a chalk marker on my vinyl, it wipes right off.  I also marked the top for the bag closure.

Step two:

Here you can see all my markings, the top (on right), the bottom (on left) and the center.  I added two more marks 1/2" on each side of center to equally space my letters.  I printed out my letters from Word and cut them out.  With this pattern, I can trace with the chalk marker.  If you make mistake or don't like the spacing, take a wet cloth and erase what you traced

Step Three:

I cut out the letters with nice smooth cuts following the chalk lines

Step Four:
On the wrong side, place the fabric pieces over the pattern.  I used tape to keep these in place.  Just pull on the to keep the fabric tight.

Step Five:

I then stitched the vinyl to the cotton fabric.  I used a teflon type foot and used one of the markings to keep a straight line.  Remember to just go slowly and if needed reach under the vinyl and pull your cotton fabric tighter if needed.

Step Six:

The stitching all complete, admire your work.

Step Seven:

Wipe off the chalk marks and admire your work.

I hope this helps.  The reverse applique was for Kailtyn's laptop sleeve, she heads out Wednesday.



  1. Thank you very much! Very interesting master class.

  2. Looks good. Mizzou Tigers!

  3. Awesome Tutorial, thanks for sharing.

  4. Great Job! Will have to give it a try.

  5. I loved how it looked on your bag and the technique can be used on so many things. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  6. Thank you for putting this tutorial together. I've done lots of regular appliqué, but never thought about reverse appliqué. Neat effect.

  7. I loved the bag and the laptop sleeve! My mind is churning with ways to use this technique! Thanks for the tutorial!

  8. I love this tutorial! I live near columbia, so have been wanting to find a way to make something for the college students. I'll be able to use this a lot. I've been wanting to try out sewing w/ vinyl and now I'm motivated! Thanks!

  9. I love the blog, because the writer have explained in an amazing way and I read about the textiles , really they write in an amazing way High-Performance Textiles.


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