Turns out it is soooo EASY!!!! You just quilt together two fabrics and cut away sections of the fabric on on top. Well, it's a bit more complicated than that, but you can do it! I promise!
The pic above and the pic directly to the right are actually the same purse. I made a grey side with a print peaking through some sections, and I made the reverse side black with a more structured design of white showing through.
You can see all the random, ricocheting, top-stitching (or quilting) I did on the grey side. The sections of grey that I cut out were randomly chosen. The top-stitching on the black side is not so evident. It took some time and planning to stitch around that pattern. I drew it all out on a long piece of tear-away stabilizer and fused it to the top of the black fabric. This worked as a good guide, although it was a tedious job picking out all the stabilizer from the stitching!
<===This is a diaper bag I made for my BFF. The little heart on the pocket was crated by cutting out a heart-shaped hole in the red snakeskin. It's a good example of how simple it is to make embellishments. It would have been a major pain to create and hem a heart to sew on top of the flap. Another tedious option would be to finish edges if a fabric heart with a satin stitch. No way! This looks just as neat and finished and was so easy.
I was going to make another checkerboard, but came up with this variation instead. It is a more feminine version of the checkerboard.==>
<==There's a lot going on in this one. The black is cut away to reveal the purple. Then, I put in some silver thread and glammed it up a bit. Stars should be shiny, right? In case there is some confusion, this is a pic of a messenger bag with the flap flipped up.
This is a printed linen tapestry (or tea towel in the UK) that was revealed when I cut away the brown canvas on top of it. From what I had been doing, this is a whole new way to use reverse applique. ==>
I need to cook dinner now, before my kids starve to death! I promise to come back and proof-read this post later. For now, enjoy and please let me know what you think by leaving a comment!
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