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.


 

8 comments:

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

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  2. Looks good. Mizzou Tigers!

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  3. Awesome Tutorial, thanks for sharing.

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

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  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!

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

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

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  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!

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