Molas Nouveau 5x7

Molas are made in the San Blas Islands off the coast of Panama by the Kuna Indians. They use layers of fabric to create reverse, traditional, and inlaid applique. Traditionally, these designs are made using bold primary colors.

This is my intrepretation of molas sewn in machine embroidery. I have attempted to recreate them as traditionally as is possible and still be practical for machine embroidery. You are welcome and encouraged to use your own imagination to sew these designs with whatever thread and fabric colors you desire.

These types of designs are primarily seen on clothing, purses, hats, etc. Because some of these items are a pain or impossible to handle on a home embroidery machine,I decided to make this easy and create them as ‘patches’. Once sewn you can attach them to whatever items you want.

lncluded with the set is detailed and illustrated instructions including a ‘patch’ method, a ‘nonpatch’ method and sewing them withand without fringe.

All of these designs are 125mm x 166mm (5x7inches) and can be sewn together to create a larger mola.


Mirrored designs are included with the set.



Sewn without the fringe.
It is still a patch but with a satin stitch finished edge.

See More Molas

Mucho 5x7
Mucho 4x4


Variations and Possibilities


Debra Sidler of Bernina Pfaff Sewing Center in Tampa made this purse

Donna Collins made this purse using her purse pattern Trendy Tote


Molas Nouveau 5x7

$7.49 US

Includes 5 designs.

All designs fit the 5x7 hoop.

These designs fit the 5x7 (125 x 175mm hoop)

Design sizes are clearly marked. When ordering, be sure to order designs that will fit in your sewing machine hoop. As with any software, refunds and exchanges will not be made for designs purchased that are not appropriate for your machine.

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Laura's Sewing Studio embroidery designs are for personal use. Designs and copyrighted images are intended for private, non-commercial use. Laura's Sewing Studio entitles the purchaser only to make projects for personal use. The embroidery designs are the copyrighted property of Laura M. Waterfield. No design, documentation, or associated graphic distributed as part of this collection may be shared, re-sold individually, re-packaged, or used in any commercial endeavor or instructional presentation without the written consent of Laura's Sewing Studio. Any modifications of these embroidery designs are for the personal non-commercial use of the purchaser only and may not be sold or distributed under this licensing agreement.

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