A couple of years ago I shared an idea to use scraps of trims and whatnot to do a Messy Ribbon Reverse Applique for my spring holiday decorating.
And then a few days ago I used the technique to decorate my baby for spring
She liked it so much, it seemed I should share it. So let’s make a Messy Ribbon Reverse Applique Tee…Any image with a large open space will work well: shamrocks, eggs, sheep, flowers, rainbows. Really, anything.
Trace your image onto your tee in the desired location (this is great if you have a stain you need to cover up…)Cut the image out of the teeCut square of interfacing so that the cut-out will easily fit within itLay strips of trimmings: ric-rac, ribbons, selvage edges, etc on the interfacing. Iron to secure. I like to layer my trimmings, so after ironing down the first layer, I’ll add another layer that I just have to hold in place and adjust during the next step.On your sewing machine, sew diagonal, parallel lines across the be-trimmed interfacing. Place your trimming square inside the shirt, and figure out the best placement. Pin in place. I didn’t, but I’m a rebel, Dotty. Also lazy. Sew along the raw edge of the image, securing the trimming square. When sewing with knits, you want to use a stretch/jersey needle. A walking foot is also super helpful, if you have it.Outline your image in embroidery flossAdd a word or any other extra sumthun-sumthuns for detailingAnd lucky, you! You’re done!
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