Molas design area is 12 1/4 x 9 1/4 stitch painted by hand on 13 count canvas. Threads include 10 skeins of watercolors and 1 skein of planet earth silk (green). 3 skeins white and 3 skeins of a shaded black are provided for the background. One of the 3 ply of watercolors is suggested for stitching.
Molas are hand-made using a reverse appliqué technique. Several layers (usually two to seven) of different-coloured cloth (usually cotton) are sewn together; the design is then formed by cutting away parts of each layer. The edges of the layers are then turned under and sewn down. Often, the stitches are nearly invisible. This is achieved by using a thread the same color as the layer being sewn, sewing blind stitches, and sewing tiny stitches. The finest molas have extremely fine stitching, made using tiny needles.