This is a really fun – and easy! – technique for reverse applique using Ultrasuede or real leather or suede. You can even use other non-ravelling fabrics such as felt. You will need:
*Freezer paper that has one waxed side (I use Reynolds)
*Xacto knife – I like blade #11 as it is very sharp and fine
*washable glue stick (I buy them in bulk at an office supply store)
*pencil or pen for tracing
*straight stitch or open toe presser foot
Here, I am working on a pillow for my son’s bed. He requested an old English initial. The red fabric is Ultrasuede Light, the backing fabric is an upholstery-weight microsuede.
Step 1: Cut your freezer paper to fit the fabric section you are working on. Trace a reverse image of your design onto the paper side of the freezer paper. If you have a light box you can use it – I tape mine onto a glass door for tracing.
Step 2: Press the freezer paper onto the back of your fabric or leather using a dry iron.
Step 3: Using the Xacto knife and a cutting mat (or wood cutting board), carefully cut your design out. Notice here that part of my design will be lost once the main letter is cut out. I will applique that piece back on later. Once you have finished cutting out your design you can peel off the freezer paper. If you are working on a complex design you may want to remove the paper one section at a time.
Step 4: Carefully trace around the edges of your cut out design with the glue stick. Apply backing fabric and allow to dry (I’m impatient so I hurry it along with my iron).
Step 6: Carefully trim away excess fabric. That’s it, you’re done!
And, thank goodness, this concludes my back-to-school sewing! While most of you were making great new clothes for your kids to wear I was making a tailored bed skirt and pillows. I have to admit, I don’t love Home Dec. sewing but sometimes that’s the only way to get exactly what you want~