An Ice lolly stick
Scissors both paper and fabric scissors
Fabric of your choice
Don’t forget my useful stitches section, this make will use back stitches to join the two sides together. If you feel you need a quick reminder, read my useful stitches blog.
For the benefit of this make, a thick Contrasting colour thread has been used, so you can see the stitches.
There are many debates on how to start off your stitches, some like to back stitch a few times then start sewing, others create French knots, however I generally tie a slip knot, this is enough to anchor your thread to begin sewing.
The only star tip when hand sewing, is don’t use too long a length of thread. Too much thread tends to knot up when sewing making it frustrating to complete any task; a good amount to use can be measured from your finger tip down to your elbow.
1. Fold a piece of paper in half, and draw half a moustache shape on to the paper, starting from the folded side. Cut out your moustache pattern piece; unfold the paper so you now have a full moustache shape.
2. Fold your fabric in half, right sides of fabric together. Pin your moustache pattern onto your fabric, see diagram. Cut around your pattern shape. Unpin the paper pattern. You now have two sides to your moustache.
3. Using back stitchs, start sewing around your two fabric pieces right sides together. Start at the bottom of your moustache around 1cm from the centre of your moustache. Sew all the way around your two pieces, finishing and tying off your thread 1cm from the centre of your moustache on the opposite side.
4. Turn your moustache right side out, stuff your moustache on both sides starting at the tips on each side.
5. Take your lolly stick. Mark three dots towards one end, see diagram. Now for the slightly difficult part, ensure you place quite a bit of padding underneath the lolly stick, it is also best to use a needle as it is quite easy to split the wood.
It is just small holes that are needed for this step. It may be more advisable to get an adult to help with this. Push your needle through the wood on each dot you have drawn, to create the holes you need.
6. Rethread your needle. Insert your needle at one end of the stuffing hole, from the inside out. Use slip stitch to close around half a centimetre of the stuffing hole up, and then insert your lolly stick into the hole. Using slip stitches carry on closing the hole up, see diagram, but pass your needle through the holes you have made in the lolly stick. This will secure the stick to your moustache mask. Close the rest of the stuffing hole up.
There are endless possibilities with this make, all you need to work out is which moustache mask shape you want to wear.
Practice makes perfect, however if you do not know what to practice, it's all a little bit of a waste of time.
Here I set out some of the most fundamental basic hand sewing stitches. Some are purely decorative others will be used within most of my free tutorials.
1. Tacking Stitch
Is a temporary stitch, used to hold fabric layers together, helping to avoid the fabric from slipping while final sewing is completed. The large, single thread stitch is removed after the final seams are complete. Knot one end of the thread and work a long running stitch through the fabric.
2. Running stitch
The simplest of stitches, used for seams and gathers, push the needle into and out of the fabric. The stitch should be as even as possible.
3. Back stitch
Emulates sewing machine straight stitch. Just as with the running stitch push the needle into and out of the fabric, then pass the needle back over the first space and out again at one stitch space ahead, repeat.
This stitch joins folded edges, with an almost invisible effect. With folded edge to folded edge, bring the needle through the folded edge of the bottom piece from the back so the knotted end is secured inside the fold. Take a tiny stitch through the edge of the top fold, then go back into the top layer of the bottom piece of fabric and slide the needle a little way along inside the fold to come out again on the edge. Continue in this way until the seam is complete.
5. Ladder Stitch
Similar to slip stitch, but is not necessarily used on folded edges. This stitch is also used to join limbs and heads. Again this stitch should be almost invisible. Push the needle through from the underside of the fabric so that the knot is underneath. Bring the needle and thread over the gap and make a small stitch on the other side, beginning level with the original stitch and running parallel to the gap and make a stitch on that side. Continue working ladder stitches, pulling in the raw edges as you go.
6. Overstitch or Whipstitch
Whipstitch is used to create a firm seam edge. Insert the needle from back to front, at right angles to the finished edge, to make a small slightly slanted stitch. The stitches should be quite close together, and not too deep.
7. Stab stitch
At right angles to the fabric, thrust the needle through all the fabric layers. Then bring the needle back through. This stitch looks similar to running stitch, but stab stitch is used for heavier fabrics. It is often advisable when using heavier weight fabric to use a thimble, when sewing to protect your fingers.
8. Baseball stitch
Is a stitch used to join two abutted edges together? Insert the needle between the edges, pull the needle out from opposite edge, with a gap around 1-2mm insert the needle between the edges again. Make sure the stitches are kept close together to create a secure seam.
9. Blanket Stitch
Hold thread to the left with your thumb, insert the needle into the layers of fabric, make stitch down through loop.
10. Closed Blanket stitch
Make slanting stitches, first to one side, then to the other, with stitches meeting at the top. This should create a triangle
11. Crossed Blanket stitch
Sew as with the closed blanket stitch, however when slanting your stitches, cross over at the base of your stitches.
12. Graduated Blanket stitch
Is created with different sized stitches, you can also incorporate different slants and angles.
Having graduated in Costume design from Wimbledon school of art, London, in 2001.