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T-shirt Reverse Applique

  • 2022-09-27
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • 10


  • 12 and up

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Cruces Creatives Instructor Sandy Smith

I really love the versatility this technique allows in customizing clothing. I have even used it to address those unfortunate stains in a favorite garment.

Appliqué means to apply material on top, reverse appliqué means to cut away the surface to reveal material beneath. In class we will use stencils to help us mark, stitch, and then cut new life into an old t-shirt. While the class is focused on t-shirts, it also works on skirts, dresses, and sweatshirts. As long as it is a knit fabric, this technique works well!

I will provide a few stencils for use in class, and will have some t-shirt scraps available. Needles and thread will also be provided.

If you have strong opinions about specific colors you want to use for your appliqué fabric, and embroidery floss, I highly recommend you bring your own materials. We will be using 6 stranded embroidery floss (like the stuff used to make friendship bracelets).

Basic knowledge of hand stitching is helpful, though not required.


Class will cover:

  • Selecting an appropriate stencil

  • How to use the stencil to mark your stitch lines

  • Which stitches to use

  • Best practices for cutting your design after stitching


Students should bring:

  • a t-shirt that fits well

  • old t-shirt(s) that can be cut up. Select colors that complement the shirt that fits well.

  • Safety pins (if you have them – no need to go out and buy any)

  • Duck bill scissors (if you have them – they are super handy but not essential)


Please remember to wear closed toe shoes in the makerspace.

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