I do the watercolor top first, put the batting and back on next, and then apply all the embellishments to the front. I hand sew all the things on with little tiny stitches going thru the top and batting but I don't go all the way thru the back. The little picket fence was made out of white binding. Some of my bugs and butterflies were the iron on appliques but I still stitched around the outside of them to make sure they were kid proof. The yo yo flowers were stitched on tightly so that no little fingers could pry them off. I've made 3 of these watercolor gardens for my 3 granddaughters and have one more to make for the baby yet. They loved the little touch of me embroidering their names hidden in the flowers.