What is reverse appliqué? Essential guide
Join us in getting to grips with how to do reverse appliqué. In this step by step guide we'll show you 2 different methods: freezer paper appliqué and raw edge appliqué. Then you'll learn how to make appliqué portholes! Let's go
Test out your new skills! Make an appliqué mini quilt
Put your new-found skills to the test with our oh-so sweet mini quilt
You will need…
- Background fabric 26in square
- Fussy cut print, at least one (1) fat quarter (see notes below)
- Five (5) print fabrics, ¼yd each
- Scrap fabric, two (2) 5in squares (for porthole facing)
- Batting 28in square
- Backing fabric 28in square
- Binding fabric three (3) 2½in x 42in strips
- Freezer paper 16in square
- Embroidery thread (optional)
- Download our Free applique pattern to make this project
- Finished size: 24in square
- Seams are ¼in throughout, unless otherwise noted.
- WOF = width of fabric.
- For fussy cut fabric, you may need more fabric to cut the motifs you want.
- We used Packmates Sorbet fabric by Michael Miller (see EQS for stockists)
Reverse appliqué instructions
From each of three print fabrics, cut two (2) 1¾in x WOF strips. From one remaining print fabric cut two (2) 2in x WOF strips, and from last print fabric cut two (2) 2½in x WOF strips.
Sew one of each strip together along the long edges, with the 21⁄2in strip at the top, followed by the 2in strip and then three 1¾in strips. Your strip set should be approximately 7¾in x 42in. Repeat to make a second strip set.
Download and use Free triangle appliqué pattern to cut eight (8) identical triangles. Make sure the pointed end of each triangle aligns with the 2½in strip. Sew the triangles together in pairs, then sew the pairs together to form a circular block, carefully matching seams.
Download and use our Free flower appliqué pattern on your freezer paper four times to make an eight pointed flower. Use the freezer paper method (above) to create a flower in the bottom left corner of your background fabric with the pieced circular block underneath.
Now make the portholes…
To complete our quilt top, we added two 3in diameter portholes in the bottom right corner and a 5in diameter raw edge circle in the top corner, with fussy cut prints underneath.
Quilting and finishing
Make a quilt sandwich with your backing, batting and quilt top. Quilt as desired – we used coordinating embroidery thread to quilt circles. Trim to 24in square.
Sew your binding strips end to end and use to bind your quilt. We used two colours for a scrappy binding.