{How To} Reverse Applique

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Today, I am going to share an easy technique –

Reverse applique!

This project is for all levels.

Skill Level- 1 Button

In all seriousness, if you can stitch on the machine, you can reverse appliqué.


  • scrap fabric
  • sewing machine
  • thread

Basic Instructions:

  1. To start, stitch your under layer to the back side of your fabric.  (for my example, I also attached an additional layer of denim.)
  2. Draw your appliqué design with a disappearing pen and on the right side of your fabric straight stitch all around the design.  **Tip- be sure that your design is large enough to expose the under layer when everything is cut away.
  3. After stitching your design, it is time to iron that disappearing ink away!
  4. To reveal the reverse appliqué, trim away the upper layer of fabric with a small pair of scissors.  You want to trim the fabric on the inside of the design; leaving about 1/8″ of seam allowance from the stitch line.
That’s it – Super simple!!
Here is a video “how to” from my Cool2Craft TV feature.  Stop by and join me for the live stream chat and full episode on June 18th.  We are all sharing fun projects around Red, White & Blue.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSnBoerROyc&w=480&h=360]
Stop back Wednesday for the rest of the pillow “how to”.


  1. You have a beautiful blog!

  2. This is a great simple technique! Thank you for sharing this and showing how simple it is! Found it on pinterest. Going to share on my facebook page! 🙂

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