When I was 14 I went to Mexico…actually we were on our way to Vienna but the first part of the trip took us by boat to Genoa via the Panama Canal…I remember being fascinated by a kind of reverse appliqué that the women were selling near the port in Acapulco…they placed layers of different coloured fabric on top of each other and cut through the layers to let the different colours show through depending on which layer they cut down to. The mola below matches my memories pretty well:
Anyway, here’s a tutorial for a cushion I make in my classes based on a simplified version of this idea.
and a 3″ X 3″ square of light pink felt to make the heart…girls in my classes LOVE pinks…but use whatever colours appeal to you.
Draw an 8” square on the pink felt.
Cut a heart from the light pink felt. Pin and sew into place.
It’s a good idea to trim the excess white felt from the back of your work.
Place your work on top of the remaining 16″ square of pink felt. Pin and sew together along the line that you drew with the pencil.
Remember: don’t sew right around this line…leave a gap of about 3” to put the stuffing in before you sew the gap closed.
Cut fringes all around the cushion. Add pony beads.
And that’s it.
A Very Simple Fringed Felt Reverse Appliqué Beaded Heart Cushion: