Reverse Applique Heart with Casa Crafty
Today Kelley is bringing us a refashion with a Valentine’s Day twist. Here’s Kelley: We all love a good Valentine craft. Something that brings to mind the fun things we do to literally wear our hearts. While this is a heart, and Valentine’s day is next week, I really just wanted to save this shirt from its stained and disastrous past.
This was a beloved shirt from Prairie Underground. It has these really neat pleated elbow patches, but it WAS a turtleneck, and it WAS white. Those two things alone kept it out of regular rotation. Then, it started to look dingy with washing, and I discovered several stains. So I chucked it into the refashion pile.
For this project we will be sewing, so get out your sewing machine, a jersey (or stretch) needle and some parchment paper.
You will also need:
1. old (or new) jersey knit shirt for refashioning. Old Navy and the Goodwill are my top resources.
2. chalk or disappearing ink fabric marker
4. small piece of lace for the reverse applique
5. dye ( optional- I attempted vegetable dye, more about that here. In the end I used good ol’ RIT and the sort of mottled uneven look was a happy accident)
Step 1: decide how big you want your heart, and where you would like to place it. I wanted the illusion of cleavage, but really the “v” is not deeper than a deep v store bought top. Cut your heart stencil from the parchment paper. Parchment is easy to tear off of stitches without pulling the stitch line.
Step 2: pin your paper heart to the right side of your top, pin your lace to the wrong side of your fabric so that when you sew over the edges of your paper heart you are catching at least 1/2″ of your lace on the reverse.
Step 3: lengthen your straight stitch to about 3/ 3.5 and stitch around your heart about an 1/8″ from edge of your paper heart. this can get a little tricky if you do not have a sleeve arm (I know. I don’t have one…)
Step 4: tear the paper away, and trim the lace up in a heart shape at least 1/4″ from the stitches.
Step 5: very gently, separate the lace layer from the jersey layer so that you can cut away the main shirt inside the heart stitch WITHOUT cutting through the lace. We want the lace to stay put. trim it up nice and neat.
You are done, unless you want to dye it!
If so, follow the manufacturers directions of your preferred dye, or over at Casa Crafty is a list of vegetable and natural dye resources!
You may have noticed in the beginning I said this shirt USED to be a turtleneck. Well, I choose to cut it down to a crew neck and hemmed it BEFORE i dyed it. Also, the purple gray color I got was from about 10 min in BLACK powdered RIT dye on the stove top.
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