Reverse Appliqué Tutorial :: T-Shirt Rehash!

Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a great week! I have a quick reverse appliqué tutorial for you today, thanks to my Emmalie. Emmalie is a sentimental soul, she latches on to a few special clothes each year and has the hardest time passing them down to the next sister when she out grows them. The green t-shirt below, is one of her very favorites, recently she brought it and the black long sleeve t-shirt to me, asking that I somehow combine them so she can keep wearing her shirt.

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Of course I mulled it over for a few days, then decided that reverse appliqué would be ideal, and add a special bit of interest too!

I used my rotary cutter to cut a square out of the shirt, with plenty of room around it. Then took it and some freezer paper to the window to trace the outline of the motif.

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The freezer paper does two things, it gives me a stitching line, and stabilizes the knit fabric. Next I found the center of the heart, and the t-shirt, and ironed the freezer paper where I wanted to stitch it. I also added a layer of fusible fleece to the wrong side of the motif, the fabric going behind. The fusible fleece adds stability to the fabric, and reinforces this well worn t-shirt.

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Next, I matched up the motif to the traced heart. This can be a little tricky, take your time to make it right. I started at the points, by putting  a pin through the point then matching it to the point behind. Then it’s just a matter of smoothing and working your way around the motif.

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Take it to the machine! I used a black (matching the top t-shirt) thread, and stitched just outside the line I had drawn.

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Gently remove the freezer paper, and pull the top fabric away from the fabric behind, to carefully start cutting it away.

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I also trimmed away the excess fabric and fusible fleece inside the t-shirt.

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Presto! A favorite t-shirt lives on!

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Emmalie has washed and worn it a few times already, and it’s holding up great! I would say the hardest part is actually starting this project – it was finished and done in 30 minutes.

Emmalie is happy, and her t-shirt is as unique as she is!

Have a great weekend friends :)


By |2017-02-06T09:17:56-06:00November 14th, 2014|Appliqué, Tutorial|3 Comments


  1. Carrie December 3, 2014 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    Amy, what a great idea! I’ve been hanging on to a T shirt my son’s grandma (who died a couple years ago) bought him. It doesn’t fit, but I didn’t have the heart to give it away. Now I can give it a second life. Thank you!

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