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So, my oldest daughter turned 8 yesterday. 8! 8 is great! And in honor of 8, I made her a new t-shirt using reverse applique that I was first introduced to reading the Alabama Chanin books.

So, directions.

Take a tshirt, ours was purchased at Walmart for less than $4. Create your design. I used Illustrator but it can be done in Word, by hand, in Photoshop, etc. etc..

Trace your design on freezer paper with the wax side down. 

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Cut out the areas of the design that are going to be appliqued and iron the freezer paper onto your shirt.

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Get your fabric paint ready. You just need a tiny bit.

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Make sure you have a piece of freezer paper positioned under the design and paint around the inside of the design.

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Peel off the freezer paper to reveal your painted fabric after it has dried.


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Put another piece of jersey or knit fabric behind the painted area and stitch around using DMC floss. Once you have your design stitched around, take a pair of embroidery scissors and cut out the upper layer of t-shirt to reveal the knit fabric below.

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Easy and cute!

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