These are actually my first non-cross-stitch embroideries.
For my Simpson's loving brother-in-law:
Yes, I did stick a pin into the wall so I could photograph the darn thing.
Originally I had planned to just backstitch the outline of the letters, but about it took me less than half an episode of Word World to realize the fabric is so busy it wasn't showing up well. So I switched to satin stitch. Wasn't too thrilled with it as I was working on it (another episode of Word World and two of Sesame Street), but in the end I think it turned out decent enough.
Had plenty of fabric left over so I made a little drawstring bag to wrap it in (which yeah, I know doesn't really belong in this category, sorry!):
For his son, my nephew (in-law, I guess) I used this: http://www.sublimestitching.com/zippered+pouch+tutorial
as inspiration. Well, I followed the embroidery exactly, but just did a basic zippered pouch instead of following that part of the tutorial. Sewing the pouch only took one naptime, and the embroidery took slightly less than one episode of Sesame Street.
The inside is lined with a random taupe-ish fabric from my stash that doesn't match the outside fabric at all, ooops.
Here's a close-up of the embroidery (one strand, all backstitch) and the incredibly wonky reverse applique:
P.S. All these episodes of Word World and Sesame Street were not all consecutive nor in just one day, I promise. That said, the kid is
starting to recognize her letters and numbers...