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Reverse Applique

Reverse Applique is an applique technique. In traditional applique, the design to be appliqued is placed on top of the background fabric and sewn in place. For reverse applique, the fabric is layered and the top fabric is cut away and stitched in place to reveal the design.  The fabric can be used in many layers to create complex designs. The top edges can be finished by hand or machine. The Reverse Applique technique is best represented by Molas from Panama and Hmong Embroidery from China, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, to embellish clothing and create works of art.. 

Benefits of Reverse Applique

Reverse Applique enables complex designs with thin edges of applique showing that would be difficult to do with other applique techniques.

Tools and Supplies for Reverse Applique

  • Applique needles
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Fabric
  • Applique Designs
  • Scissors
What I Wish I Knew When I Started Reverse Applique

REVERSE APPLIQUE on t-shirts and sweatshirts is a fun way to embellish kids clothes.

Reverse Applique Resources