T-shirt Revival: Reverse Applique

Yesterday I fused two t-shirts together, to extend the wear of both of them. I only ever wore the yellow shirt as pajamas, or during the weekends under a sweater or hoodie. I’ve been wearing the blue shirt, however, almost weekly for the past 6 years and the wear was showing (it’s from www.philosophyfootball.com). With the bleach marks, I began to relegate it to weekend wear as well, which makes me sad because I love the anti-racism message.

Two t-shirts to be upcycled into one

This was the first time I’ve stitched together and cut out two t-shirts. This is called reverse applique.  I measured where I would put the blue shirt, cut it out, and put it face down on on the inside of the shirt, zig-zag and then regular stitched it to the yellow. I turned the yellow shirt right side out and cut through the front of it to reveal the blue shirt.

Two t-shirts to be upcycled into one. Hope Not Hate. | Riotflower's Realm.

Since they were both knitwear and need flexibility, I thought the zig-zag stitch was necessary, but it was ugly and after removing it, I’m much happier with the overall look. You can see the ugly extra stitching in the photo of me wearing it.

Two t-shirts to be upcycled into one. Hope Not Hate. | Riotflower's Realm.

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2 thoughts on “T-shirt Revival: Reverse Applique

  1. I love this idea! I’ve got several shirts my son loves but has grown out of, and now I know how to save them! Thanks for the inspiration. Love your blog.

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