Reverse applique can be very easy and really pretty. It’s also a great way to use up all your scraps, especially those really pretty ones you just can’t part with but are too small to piece (for some :). For these coasters I used some red linen and beautiful Liberty prints voile.
What you’ll need:
Linen fabric as much as you’ll need for 5″ squares (front and back) for as many coasters you would like to make, I made 4
Begin by cutting out two 5″ squares of your main fabric for each coaster. Cut out one 5″ square of batting for each coaster.
As pictured above, place your fabric scrap on the WRONG side of your main fabric (you can pin if needed) and then stitch in your contrasting thread a heart, go over several times taking a slightly different path at each pass. Remember this is supposed to be very “artsy” looking so don’t be perfect!
Get those sharp, small scissors ready. You need to pull your two layers of fabric apart so you can make a little snip and begin to cut away the inside of the heart to reveal the contrasting fabric.
Be sure to two layers are apart so you don’t cut your contrasting fabric!
I don’t have applique scissors so I’m sure to keep mine very flat so I wont cut my contrasting fabric.
See that blue long thread just pull those through to the back to get them out of the way. Next step put your layers together, batting then backing right side up and your reverse applique right side down, pin and then sew, being sure to leave a couple of inches un-sewn for turning.
I use my walking foot so that my layers won’t slip.
Snip off your corners to make your corners nice and sharp.
Turn inside out , push out corners and press.
After pressing top stitch around perimeter with your contrasting thread, close the opening with the blind stitch, then you’re done!
This is a pretty and quick project and the possibilities are endless. Experiment with shapes, textures and colors.
I’m sharing this at: Little House In the Suburbs