Reverse applique airplanes – KCWC

Alas, I spent more time on patterning (which makes for boring posts) than I did on sewing for my first Kids Clothing Week Challenge. I definitely put in much more than my 7 hours this week, but these are all I have to show for it:

They’re reverse appliqued 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 applique is pretty simple. Start by tracing the design you want to applique 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

Back side

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!

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  1. Stacey says

    Wow, totally blown away by these. My littlest guy love airplanes and I’m partial to the bi-plane which you don’t see very often. You’ve got a great blog here, I’m now a follower!

  2. sighofrelief says

    Cool! You make it look so easy as well…going to try this for sure, I just need to come up with a design.

  3. Randi~Dukes and Duchesses says

    Those are just adorable and I love the idea of sewing right over your tissue … you definitely get a nicer outcome. Love the blue and orange together!

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