Alyssa wanted to make gifts for her friend, McKinley's Birthday. A pillow with a big "M" on front. We used black fabric with really big polka dots. ( This was remnants from McKinleys scarf valances and pillow shams) . So I traced the letter on tissue paper and pinned to the wrong side of the fabric, over a piece of heavy interfacing. I basted a scrap of yellow fabric to the front of the black fabric. Alyssa then used a straight stitch, and stitched all the way around the initial.Then I trimmed away the yellow fabric as close as possible to the initial. We set zig zag stitch length and width to satin stitch. Then Alyssa zig zagged all the way around the initial.
Then we layered a purple fabric over the yellow, and repeated the process of outline, trimming away the excess, and zig zag. I'm so proud of my girl! Then she added colorful strips of blue, green, yellow, and orange to the borders and topstitched the flange. Then she stuffed the pillow, "herself", of course.
There was still fabric left, and you know we just can't waste good fabric,