How to Reverse Applique a Tote Bagcomments (31) November 1st, 2013
Now that we've completed the larger details, we can add some smaller ones. Let's add some brown centers to these pale green shapes. Pinch up only the pale green layer, and snip with scissors.
Since we're creating a smaller shape here, we may not even need to cut out the center. Instead, we can just cut a slit and then clip the fabric out to the drawn lines.
When you're appliqueing smaller shapes like this, it's especially important to clip the fabric a lot so your applique will have smooth curves. See the difference between these two brown shapes? The shape on the left was clipped more than the shape on the right. See how angular the shape on the right turned out?
From this point, you can sew up your tote bag according to the pattern instructions. Once you've sewn the side and bottom seams, you can remove your hand-basting.
Now that you're comfortable with reverse applique, keep in mind that you can always use more than three fabrics, not to mention create more intricate designs. For inspiration, take a look at the fantastically detailed reverse-appliqued molas, stitched by Kuna women in Panama and Colombia.
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