Last week I was making a poncho and using left over fleece to create the neck and binding. I still had more fleece left, so I decided to add an embellishment to the front of the poncho. I wanted something simple since fleece has a large amount of stretch and can easily be distorted. I decided applique would be perfect, but a traditional applique would put a lot of stitching on an already high loft and stretchy fabric. I decided on reverse applique. If you have never tried it, I highly recommend it. Instead of adding fabrics and sewing them down, you sew fabric down and then cut away the top layer of fabric to reveal what lies beneath. Let me share my process with you.
Once the design had been traced, onto the stabilizer, I attached the stabilizer to the wrong side of my embellishment fleece.
I then attached the stabilized piece of fleece to the wrong side of the front of the poncho, lining up my vertical and horizontal centers with the markings I had placed on the garment.
Once I had finished sewing the lines I wanted to use from the design, I turned the poncho right side out and decided what areas would be cut away.
Remember, when working with fleece, keep things simple. Too much detail does not work well with this fabric. I decided to cut away the largest parts of the design.
Once I had cut away the top fabric to expose the fabric underneath, I added the final embellishment stitching. I first stitched these lines from the back of the poncho, following the lines I drew from the original design onto my stabilizer. I used matching thread for my fabric so it wasn’t really noticeable from the front.
I then trimmed the stabilizer and fleece on the wrong side of the poncho to within a quarter inch away from the stitching all the way around the design and pressed everything with lots of steam.