For Week 2 at Project Run & Play we were asked to create a new look, using an old pattern. The pattern chosen for this challenge was the Sienna Dress by Lil Blue Boo, a classic upcycled T Shirt dress.

Reverse applique was a major part of my design for this look, and it was my first time working with this technique. I have to say, I was scared at first because one wrong snip, and it is over! But with careful cutting it turned out not to be a problem, and I was super happy with how it turned out!

This is the look I came up with…


Using reverse applique in your knit designs is really rather simple. Let me show you how to add reverse appliqué to your designs.

Reverse applique DIY  ||  How to do reverse applique.

How to do reverse applique  ||  reverse applique DIY


Skill level: some expressive required

Time needed: 2 – 4 hours


Step One – Cut 2 pieces of the pattern needed. Baste stitch around the entire outer edge to secure together, and pin again around the middle of the design you want to use revers applique on.

Step Two – Straight stitch around your design. Then very carefully cut out the middle, in between your straight stitches.

That’s it!

As you are using knit fabric, you don’t need to worry about fraying. And you do not need to use an entire second pattern piece either like I did, you can just simply use enough to cover your design work. but for lots of reverse applique detail, like the stripes that I incorporated into the jumper and hoodie, I found it was just easier to have the entire piece beneath it. Plus it acted as lining, so it was a double bonus :).

Of course using reverse applique is not necessary to recreate the basic elements of the jumper and hoodie I created for this Challenge. But it sure is fun to try :)

Ashley over at Lil Blue Boo was kind enough to give the green light for me to share the rest of the remix tutorial, using her pattern. (Thank you Ashley!!!) But I leave on Wednesday for a mini vacation with my family to the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’! YEAH! I love Disney :). Upon my return I will show off the tutorials for the jumper and hoodie.

In the meantime, I will still be revealing my look for Project Run & Play this week, so please do not forget to head on over there and VOTE on Friday!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…

Happy Sewing!