Unicorn Reverse Applique


My daughter will be attending her best friend’s birthday party this weekend. Since I really like this little girl, I wanted to make her gift. She is crazy about unicorns and, of course, sparkly things.

The shirt is made with cotton knit in 2 colors, and some sparkle synthetic that’s left over from ice skating costumes. I used reverse applique for most of the motif, then appliqued the mane over the top. The pattern is a regular t-shirt pattern from Ottobre.

Detail shot of the applique and reverse applique



  1. Shams
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 11:15 am | Permalink | Reply

    Oh wow, she’s going to love that!

  2. Posted February 9, 2012 at 11:25 am | Permalink | Reply

    It’s so cute. I’m sure she’ll love it. And I see you used cuffs and bands to get around the lack of a coverstitch, but how did you bind the neck?

    • Posted February 9, 2012 at 11:39 am | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks! It’s not a neck binding, it’s a neck band. I serged the neck band on. The neck band is a long skinny piece (maybe 2″ by 12″). I serged the ends together, then folded it in half longways. I marked the point opposite the seam with a pin (this is the center front). I pinned the seam at the center back of the neck opening, and pinned the pin mark to the center front. Then I stretched the neck band piece and serged around to attach it to the neck opening.

  3. Posted February 9, 2012 at 11:32 am | Permalink | Reply

    That’s amazing. I’ve never done applique with knit, but received Natalie Chanin’s book for Christmas. Might have to give it a try!

    • Posted February 9, 2012 at 11:36 am | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks! This shirt is very heavily influenced by Natalie Chanin’s work.

  4. Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I think that is the cutest top ever. What a great idea. I think this will be the birthday girls favorite gift!

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