They’re reverse appliquéd airplanes that I’ve been meaning to get to for a while. And while nothing else on my KCWC list got done (like Halloween costumes, jackets and other t-shirts) these did.
Reverse appliqué is pretty simple. Start by tracing the design you want to appliqué onto some tissue paper. I actually used tear-away stabilizer for embroidery, but most of you probably don’t have that laying around, and tissue paper works too.
On the back of this piece I have the orange contrasting fabric pinned
Now just sew on top of your tissue paper design. Go slowly, hand-cranking the wheel when you need to.
Tear away the tissue paper
And use tiny scissors to cut out the top layer as close as possible inside the stitching
On the back side, trim off the excess
And then finish sewing your shirt!