Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Mustache and Monocle Pillow How-To

Today I'm sharing the how-to for the personality of my recently made-over mud room:  the mustache and monocle pillow.  

Super-fun and yet simple, this could be a great little accessory for all kinds of rooms.

To make this, I combined a few of my stand-by techniques including using canvas drop cloth for the fabric choice and freezer paper stenciling for the mustache and monocle.

I started by cutting the two pieces for the pillow.  Then, I printed a mustache using the same design as the one for this mustache hipster bag.  

For the monocle, I simply cut two circles, one slightly larger than the other, using a punch for one and  tracing the lid of my Mod Podge for the other.  Use whatever works for you, just remember you're making a stencil, so you will nest them together to create the look of a monocle.

Then, I just ironed the pieces onto the fabric and painted.  Click here to read more about freezer paper stenciling.

Next, I made the bow tie from a piece of fabric that was approximately 5" x 7".  I folded it together longways and sewed around the two sides and corners, leaving a hole so it could be turned right-side-out and pressed flat.

For the "knot", I cut another strip of fabric approximately 3" x 5", and folded and pressed the two long sides with an iron.

Then, I just pinched the middle of the bow tie to bunch it a little, then wrapped the strip around snugly, and sewed it.

Then, I hand-sewed the bow tie into place on the pillow top.

For a finishing touch before constructing the pillow, I added a little gold chain to the monocle.  You can  find this in the jewelry supplies at Hobby Lobby or your favorite craft store.

Just remove the unneeded links to get it to your desired length, then sew the ends in place with a needle and thread.

I love how the chain just sort-of hangs freely.  Tons of personality, I tell you.

Hope you like this!  Click here to see more of the mud room.


  1. Like it? I love it! It is just darling and you added the perfect finishing touches- xo Diana

  2. This is completely adorable! I love the pattern of the bow-tie, and the little monocle addition is genius. Thanks so much for sharing with us! This would be a great gift idea, too!

  3. I just wanted to let you know that I loved this post so much that I decided to feature it on my blog! I’m typing up the post right now! Thanks for such great inspirations!!!

    Anestazia @ Eccentric Delirium


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