How to Reverse Applique a Tote Bagcomments (31) November 1st, 2013
Next, make a small snip with your scissors through this top layer.
Then, carefully cut away the top layer of fabric, leaving about a 1/2" border inside your drawn line, as shown.
Clip into this border with scissors, being very careful not to snip outside your drawn lines. These clips will allow you to make nice curves in your reverse-applique, so make plenty of them for the smoothest results.
Begin turning this clipped edge under with your fingers, so that the folded edge follows your drawn line. Press the fabric in place with your fingers. I like to turn and press just a small section at a time, and then stitch it before moving on to the next section.
I like to use a small, sharp needle for reverse-applique, like a quilting needle. Stitch around the folded edge of the applique using a tiny hem stitch: take a tiny stitch into the lower layer, and then a tiny stitch into the upper layer. You may find it easiest to lay your work flat on a table as you stitch.
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