cool! they're not padded or anything though?
No, not at that scale. I did do the method where I drew the design on a piece of paper, and then embroider over the paper, though. Since it won't be washed, it's not an issue. When I do a larger piece, I do either a line of close running stitch just inside the stitching line, or that plus random lines all through the middle of the blank are, to give a little bit of body under the stitches.