Mustache Applique Pillow

Whenever I teach an applique class things move very fast.  I am trying to teach the very basics of applique alongside creative applique ideas.  It’s a three hour class and I’m covering the basics.  This doesn’t leave a lot of time for a fun and creative project to take home.

For my upcoming summer class, I thought I’d put together a super easy and really fun tutorial for my students to do once they get home.

And what, may I ask, is more fun than a mustache?  How about a mustache pillow?

Before starting on the applique, you will need to get your pillow parts together.  You will also need a fusible web product like WonderUnder or Steam A Seam 2.  These can be purchased in packages or by the yard at Joann’s and Hobby Lobby.

Step One:  The Pillow Front

Choose your pillow form.

I’m working with an 18″ x 18″ pillow form.  You can find these at Joann’s and Hobby Lobby {check for sales or coupons}.  The applique for this project will also fit a 16″ x 16″ pillow form or a 12″ x 16″ pillow form.

Choose your pillow fabric.

I am using a canvas drop cloth from Home Depot for my pillow.  I’ve bleached and neutralized it before beginning my project.  If you want to make this project for gifts or to sell at craft shows, this is your best option because it looks kind of linen-y but costs kind of cotton-y.

Step 2:  Cutting out the Pillow Front

Cut a square for your pillow front that is 1″ greater in length and 1″ greater in width.  I cut out a piece that is 19″ x 19″ since my pillow form is 18″ x 18″.   Be sure it is square.

Step 3:  The Pillow Back

Since this is an Envelope Pillow, you are going to need a piece that is a little bit wider for your pillow back.  To make the envelope part, follow this simple formula:  Add 1″ to the length and 5″ to the width.

For our pillow, that means cutting out a piece of fabric that is 19″ x 23″ {because my pillow form is 18″ x 18″ and 18 + 5 = 23}.

Once you have your pillow back cut out, find the center 11.5″ from the side and draw a cutting line with a pencil.

Now, cut the pillow back in half on the cutting line.  This will leave you with two pieces that are 19″ x 11.5″.

OPTIONAL STEP:  Finishing the Raw Edges

***If you have a serger, you may want to consider serging around the raw edges of your pillow front and your pillow back pieces.  The drop cloth fabric tends to unravel and stretch.   This additional step will make attaching the front and back easier because you won’t be dealing with lots of unruly threads.  If you don’t own a serger,  this can be done with a wide zigzag stitch.  Or you can skip this step.

You will now need to finish the edges that form the ‘envelope’ for your pillow back.  

Fold the long edge (the side that is 19″) under 1/4″ and press.
Turn under a second time and press.
Stitch down the folded edge using a 2.5mm stitch length.
Repeat on the other pillow back piece.
Set your pillow front and pillow back pieces aside in order to work on the mustache applique.

Step 4:  Mustache Applique

I’ve drawn two pdf’s for you to use and stored them here.  I am only showing the mustache, but I’ve included the glasses in case you want to make a set of pillows. 

Just open the link and download your designs; print and you will have two templates.  

Cut out the half mustache design.  Fold the fusible web in half, rough sides together.  Place design on the fold of the smooth side of fusible web.

Trace the design onto the smooth side of the fusible web.  Flip fusible web over in order to trace the other half of moustache.  Then rough-cut around the design.  Leave a margin around the design to get a cleaner cut when you apply the design to the fabric.

Place the mustache, web (or rough) side down, to the back of your fabric.   With a hot, dry iron, press for 5-8 seconds.  Let cool.  HINT:  If you are new to applique, I recommend that you put a clean tea towel or a sheet of parchment paper over the design.  This will prevent you from accidentally getting gooey fusible web on the surface of your iron.

Cut out the mustache on the drawing lines.  Here’s the front.  Notice those clean edges.
Here’s the mustache back with the smooth paper backing ready to be peeled off.
 Step 5:  Appliqueing Mustache to Pillow Front

Lay the pillow front onto a flat surface and, using a yardstick or quilter’s ruler, find the middle.
On the back of the mustache, mark the center.  Since the paper backing that you’ve just marked on is going to be peeled away, be sure to stick a pin through the center mark.
Carefully peel off the paper backing, revealing the fusible backing. Keep the pin in place.  
Place the fusible web side of mustache onto the pillow front matching the point of the pin with the center point.  It is very important to make sure that the mustache is straight.  Pin in place to hold.

Fuse the mustache to the pillow front using a hot, dry iron.

You have several choices for stitching your mustache to the pillow top.
I’ve used a heavier weight thread {12 wt. by Sulky} and a straight stitch to secure the mustache.  All purpose thread will also work.  If you prefer covering the raw edge, you may want to use a zigzag stitch to secure.
Step 6:  Making the Envelope Pillow 

On a flat surface, lay out the pillow front with the mustache design facing up.  With right sides together, lay the left pillow back piece on top of pillow front, matching the left corners.  Pin to hold.
Next, with right sides together, place the right side of pillow back on top of pillow front.  This piece will overlap the left side of pillow back.
Using a 1/2″ seam allowance, stitch around the entire pillow.  Turn pillow right side out.  Slip the pillow form into the envelope opening in the back…
…and enjoy.

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  1. Pinta says

    Thank you for the idea, also for the PDF. i have been confused to find cute present for my friends baby boy, i think to made this pillow and put the baby name applique under the mustache.

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