Reverse Applique Tutorial

Reverse Appliqué Tutorial

In this lesson we will learn how to create a reverse appliqué heart block.

On paper draw and cut out a heart template that measures approximately 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.

From your background fabric cut a square 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2”. Cut your heart fabric slightly larger than your template.

Trace around your template onto your background fabric, this will get stitched under.

When you have finished tracing remove the template and draw a line approximately 1/4″ inside the line you just drew.

Cut out your shape on the inside line.

When your shape is cut out clip the fabric from the inside of the heart to the outside line. Be sure not to cut into the line. You may do this around the whole shape or just on the curves and at the two points.

The points (both inside and outside) should be cut so that there is a straight line to them.

Layer your background fabric on top of your heart fabric and pin securely into place.

Using your needle start turning your seam allowance under being sure that your drawn line is folded under.

Take very small stitches catching only 2 or 3 strands of fabric as you go. Work in small sections, folding only a few stitches ahead. Start on a flat edge if possible, not on a curve. You can remove the pins around the outside as you go.

When you get to either of the points take an extra stitch to secure the fabric in place.

To finish take a few stitches in place to secure the end of the thread, clip. Trim the extra fabric from behind the background then press your block.

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