Monday, February 6, 2012

Get Creative With The Lorax: Vinyl Mustache Pillow

I was asked to be part of a blog tour to help promote Universal Pictures upcoming movie: Dr. Seuss' The Lorax. (Eep! I'm so excited!)
The Lorax lands in theatres on March 2nd. For a preview, downloads & games, click HERE.
 Visit The Lorax facebook page HERE.

Today I will show you how to make a hip mod Lorax Mustache pillow.
 (It's super easy!)
•Orange upholstery vinyl (fleece or felt would work fine too)
•Faux fur (preferrably in yellow, but I used white)
•Rit dye in "golden yellow" (don't need this if you found yellow faux fur)
•Mustache template (Click HERE for the link to download)
•Orange & yellow thread
•Sewing machine

I purchased orange vinyl upholstery material (with a soft backing) & cut out 2 square pieces. You can make them whatever size you want. Mine were 12 inches & I used a 1/2 inch seam allowance when sewing on the machine.
Next, I searched high & low for the perfect yellow faux fur material to use for the mustache. My local shop only had white, so I died it yellow using some Golden Yellow RIT dye. I was uncertain whether it would work or not, but I gave it a go. My first test piece came out the perfect color. But my 2nd batch came out much lighter. Still, it'll work. (I think I dyed too much of the material at once. I dyed the whole 1/4 yard I purchased, when I should have just cut the size I needed & dyed that.)

TIP: I found that it shrunk a tiny bit. I used the stovetop method. (Directions are found inside the RIT dye box.) So, just keep that in mind when you're figuring out how much material you'll need for the mustache.
Download the mustache template (listed in the SUPPLIES above) & cut that out. It's actually a pumpkin carving template. Pin the template to your faux fur, trace, &  cut out.

The faux fur will be kinda messy, with hairs falling off after you cut. You may need to comb it out to get all the loose shedding bits off.

Pin the mustache to the right side of your fabric & carefully sew around the edges on the machine, using your yellow thread.

Place right sides of your orange pillow pieces together & pin in place. Starting at the bottom, sew around all 4 sides---leaving about a 4 inch gap unsewn.

Next, snip the corners of the pillow. This will help the corners of the pillow to have a nice pointy shape when you flip the pillow inside-out. Which is what you'll do next.
After you've flipped the pillow inside-out, poke a chopstick or blunt knitting needles or something poky yet unsharp into the corners to get them all nice & corner-ish. Stuff the pillow to your desired puffy-ness & handstitch the 4 inch gap on the bottom of the pillow with the orange thread & needle.

That's it!
And now you have a funky little Lorax 'stache accessory!

The girls & I are SO ANXIOUS to see the movie.
We can't wait!!!

I'm stop #5 of TEN stops on the "Get Creative With The Lorax" BLOG TOUR.
In case you missed it...
Feb. 1: Temporary Tattoos over at Today's Creative Blog
Feb. 2: Recycled Puppet Theater over at Katydid & Kid
Feb. 3: Truffula Tree Pencils over at Zakka Life
Feb. 6: The Lorax Game over at Smashed Peas & Carrots
Feb. 7: Mustache Pillow right here at WhiMSy love
Feb. 8: Garden Planter over at Little Birdie Secrets
Feb. 9: Yarn Pom-Poms on Twigs over at Art Projects for Kids
Feb. 10: Stenciled T-Shirt over at Dabbled
Feb. 13: "Unless" Garden Stones over at Prudent Baby
Feb. 14: Lorax Themed Party Table over at Tonya Staab
(I'll post direct links as they are published!)

Disclosure:  This post was written as part of theGet Creative With The Lorax Blog Tour in support of Universal Pictures DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX that is in theaters on March 2.  I was compensated.


  1. This is awesome! I love the idea... and it's really nice to find your blog through this tour :)


  2. Is that a pom pom pillow I see on that chair too? Love it. My kids would love these in their play room, and is it wrong that I want to rub my cheek on that mustache.

  3. How bout' eyes and a nose? :-)

  4. I love this site it gave me a great idea for a project


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