Thanksgiving= “12 days” break+ a sewing project

First things first: The winner of The Light Gives Heat giveaway is… Jennifer Chase!  I found it especially funny to draw her name because I responded to her comment yesterday saying “surely” as in, surely you’ll finally win one of my giveaways. Too funny! Congrats Jenn!

Thanksgiving week has been pretty wonderful. I had some vacation time saved up and decided to spend a week at home with my kiddos. It’s been so nice to hang out in P.J.s and read stories with them. I even had time to work in a few sewing projects. My goal is to finish all their little Christmas outfits this week.  Here’s a quick tutorial on reverse appliques and some super sweet pics of Charlotte and my niece Bella modeling their new outfits.

Reverse Applique: Quick Tutorial (Easiest project ever!)

Step 1: Get a cutie pie to help you cut. Check. Choose your shape and draw or trace it onto sturdy paper. Candy canes aren’t terribly challenging so I drew this one.  As you can see, it still took me a couple of tries.

Step 2: Cut a piece of fabric big enough for the shape you cut out. Use fusible webbing and iron it onto the wrong side of the fabric. I’m using a nice red and white stripe here.  As you can see I did not have fusible webbing.  Instead I used a scrap piece of blue flannel and fused it to the wrong side of the fabric using wonder under.  Work with what ya got! This actually worked out quite nicely.  When your fabric piece is cool trace your shape (backwards) onto the wrong side, back side, of the fabric.

Step 3: cut around your lines, not on them.  You will want to leave space around your lines as shown above.

Step 4: Turn your shirt inside out. Pin your fabric shape onto the shirt with your fabric facing down as shown above. Your shape should be backwards, opposite of how you will want to see it on the front of the shirt. (My stripe fabric is laying face down.) Pin it in place.  Please use more pins than I did here.  I was being a little lazy. (=

Step 5: sew along the lines that you drew.  Make sure you are only sewing through one layer of the shirt. Once you have sewn all the way around your shape once or twice, following the lines, take your shirt off the machine and turn it right side out.

Step 6: You will see the stitched outline of your shape! Carefully snip the fabric to make a hole in the center of your shape.  Carefully cut away the fabric close the stitching but not too close.  Make sure not to cut through any of your stitches.

And it’s finished! Easy as frozen pumpkin pie.

I used this technique to make two more shirts for Charlotte and Bella.  I found a quick and easy tutorial for crinoline skirts over at Somewhat Simple. I used an old pillowcase for the lining of the skirts, and that makes me happy.

Happy Thanksgiving!! Check in with us on Saturday when we resume our 12 days schedule.  Lot’s more fun to come!

About the author


Erica is an advocate for simplicity, family time, making a cozy home and loving others well. She is the community coordinator for One Orphan, the orphan care ministry of America World Adoption Association. Erica and Calvin have four young children; Elliott, Charlotte, Lola and Liam. They currently reside in Nashville, TN.


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