March 10, 2013

Reverse Applique Knee Patches Tutorial

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Here is what I have been working on for so long.... A while ago my cousin (Sandra over at Rivas & Co.) commissioned me to make a t-shirt into short-alls and a pair of leggings with diamond shaped reverse appliqued knee patches with a matching bib. It took me FOREVER, or at least it felt that way!! I goofed SO many times on this.... I think I made 4 different sets!!! The first time my machine at the leggings. GRRRR!! The 2nd time I cut and/or sewed the patches in the wrong way. The print is a little crazy and the lines are not straight. I had to cut, pin and sew them JUUUST right. Then on the 3rd, I did every thing just right but when I went to cut the top layer over the patches, I cut the leggings instead!!! YILES!!!! Finally the 4th time was a charm! Good grief! LOL

So here is what I did.

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The 2nd and 3rd attempts were made from this black t-shirt. The 4th attempt was from a different one. The 1st attempt was from some black jersey knit.

First I cut off the sleeves and collar. Then I cut the shoulders and sides. That left me with enough fabric to make 2 pairs of toddler leggings.

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Then I cut the legs. These are for leggings so the legs are skinny and there is more room in the seat. ;)

When I cut them, I used the t-shirt hem for the leggings hems. ;)

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Next, I cut the diamond shapes from 2 fabrics, 1 main and 1 for stabilizing.

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Then I pinned and sewed the patches to the INSIDE of the leggings.

Next, I trimmed the excess from around the stitching. Be very careful here! THAT'S where I cut the hole in the leggings!!!

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Now, I very carefully snipped the fabric from over the top of the patches and cut off the excess.

After that is done, you simply sew the leggings like you would any pair of pants. :)

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This is the matching bib. :) I hope she loves them!!!

If you would like a step by step tutorial for making the leggings, you can follow my tutorial for the T-shirt Tunic and Leggings.

If you feel that you would prefer a pattern, try SquigglyTwigs Designs Quick Pants (you might recognize the model over there), just be sure to cut the legs narrower. :)

My next few projects will probably be very hush-hush. ;) I'll be working on my Pay It Forward gifts for 2013! I can't wait to get started!!



  1. I like them! I've done this technique before, but never knew it was called reverse applique! Thanks, Stacy!!

  2. So sorry they were such a pain..But the end results are fantastic..Cute as can be..
    Know, she will love them. Happy sewing.

  3. I do LOVE them! I can't wait to see them on Liam! Eeee! :D

  4. I mailed them out today!! I sent them Priority so you should have them by Wed!! :D

  5. [...] promised pictures of my little cousin Liam in the clothes that I made, there he is in his leggings and bandanna bib that I made for him!!!! Isn’t he an absolute DOLL?????  If you want to more pictures of Liam [...]

  6. […] from a remnant I picked up last year at Hancock’s. The sleeves are the left overs from the Reverse Applique Leggings and Bandanna Bib I made for my little cousin Liam. I got that print from Joann’s.  A word of […]


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