I wanted to use Flair Designs airbrushed hummingbirds on a new
sample. Since I was working with light color linen and the hummingbirds were
airbrushed on black cotton, I wanted a way to reduce the amount of black
surrounding the birds.
Traditional appliqué (applied to the surface) would have left me
with a heavy black outline. Even if I used a light color thread to satin stitch
with, you still get some of the 'show through' of the background fabric.
Reverse Appliqué was the best way to make this work.
I made a clear plastic template from the design using overhead transparency
then added a dashed line a 1/4" away from the actual image.
dashed line was my cutting line.
I placed the template over the design and traced around it with a white chalk
|Why did I make a template? Why not just cut around the image a 1/4" away? Consistency. I was doing four reverse appliqués (two on the front, two on the back), and I wanted all of them to have the same edge. Notice how I have birds going different directions? I didn't need to make a new template, just flip it over!|
cutting the image on the white line, I pin it to the wrong side
of the top.
right side of the image is towards the top.
a very short stitch length (1.5), I stitched a scant 1/8" away from the
means 'almost' to people who sew. So a scant 1/8" is somewhere between
1/16" and 1/8". Use an open toe foot to see where you're going.
the right side, carefully trim away inside the stitched line, leaving
approximately 1/16" of the top fabric. Don't trim too close, or you'll be
in danger of your fabric pulling away.
stitch in a color of thread that matches the top fabric. No 'show through'
since I'm satin stitching over the top fabric not the black background of the