I have been doing some research on reverse applique. I like the idea of revealing the final design at the very end as you cut away the fabric. I already had a project idea ready for the boys, when I stumbled upon a reference to multi-layer reverse applique, called Mola, that the Kuna women of Panama make. I was very intrigued, because using more layers of colors opens up a whole new world of design possibilities. I wanted to try it. To start simple, I picked 3 colors, the amazing Kuna women can work with up to 7. To make things even simpler, I wanted to make scarves out of knit fabric, so I would not have to worry about fraying. I got 1/2 yard of rib knit in brown, blue and green. Cut two 6 inch strips of each. And from the leftovers, I cut four 5 1/2 inch squares in each color to be used in the designs at the end of each scarf.
Next, I used green thread and sewed in the petal detail. And cut away the next layer.
Notes: I did not like sewing around the paper. It was not easy and the pins bothered me a lot. I am trying something different next time.