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.
Having graduated in Costume design from Wimbledon school of art, London, in 2001.