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How-To: Reverse Applique

As I posted earlier I purchased the Reverse Circle Applique set from Planet Applique.  Here is a project I did using one of these designs.  I hope you enjoy these details and pictures! 

1. Start by choosing your front and background (the fabric you
will see through the applique) fabrics.

2.  Hoop a piece of tearaway, position your background fabric in your hoop, and secure with adhesive spray.  Make sure that your background fabric is large enough for the design.

3. Place a medium weight water soluble stabilizer on top of your background fabric.  This helps protect your background fabric when you are cutting in the later steps.

4. Put your front fabric on top and pin securely to avoid any shifting.

5. Stitch your design.  These designs stitch out very quickly and have a low stitch count.

6. Cut out the background areas of the design with a sharp pair of applique or thread scissors.  These snips are my favorite to cut out sharp corners.  Leave the design in the hoop to give you an extra set of "hands" in holding the fabric flat.  Here is where using a water soluble layer helps you cut the design out without damaging the background fabric.

7. Unhoop the fabric and cut around the back of the design.  I cut rather than tear the tear away stabilizer since I am wanting a clean circle for the tissue cozie I am making.

8. Once you have finished the above steps you are done!


  1. You're very creative - wish I could learn to sew!

    From New Friend Friday

  2. I just got this applique from Planet Appliuqe but haven't tried it out yet. Thanks for the tips!

  3. I never quite understood the reverse applique until now. Thanks!

  4. I wish I had seen this before I tried the reverse applique on my son's pillow. Ugh. :D Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!


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