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Mojumper

November 21, 2015

It’s Movember and I’m standing side by side with my mo brothers for this post.  Evidently I can’t grow my own ‘tache this month to raise awareness and funds for the brilliant Movember Foundation so I thought I’d do my version and hopefully encourage some of you lovelies to find out more and make a donation.

The Movember Foundation is a global charity committed to men living happier, healthier, longer lives. Since 2003, millions have joined the men’s health movement, raising £402 million and funding over 1,000 programmes focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity (click here to find out more about their work and strategy).

I love how you can tart up a t-shirt or zhuzh up a jumper with a spot of appliqué.  So I’ve combined ‘tache and appliqué to make my ‘Mojumper’.   I’ve shared the way I did it below so you can make one too and feel inspired to donate to the cause.  It’s really easy and you can donate online here.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  1. Plain coloured jumper
  2. Fabric for your ‘tache
  3. Bondaweb (you can buy by the metre at any haberdashers)
  4. Pencil or pen
  5. Cardboard
  6. Scissors
  7. Scrap of cloth to protect your fabric and iron

You’ll need an iron, ironing board and sewing machine too.

Draw your ‘tache shape on a  piece of cardboard to the size you want on your jumper.  For inspiration, search Google or Pinterest for different shapes but bear in mind you will be going round the shape with your sewing machine so the more elaborate you make it, the more difficult it will be!

Create your 'tache template and choose your fabric

Create your ‘tache template and choose your fabric

Cut out the shape so you have a cardboard template.  You can use this over and over for multiple Mojumpers and Motees!

Choose your fabric and cut a rectangle of it that comfortably covers your ‘tache template with about an inch all around of spare material.

Iron out the creases or they will be there forever!

Iron out the creases or they will be there forever!

Iron your fabric to make sure it doesn’t have any creases in.  If you don’t and you iron the Bondaweb onto it creased, those creases will be there forever.

Cut a piece of Bondaweb slightly smaller than the size of your fabric (but not smaller than your template).  Then place the Bondaweb with the glue side down against the WRONG side of your fabric.

Put your scrap of cloth over the top (a simple piece of muslin or cotton from an old sheet is perfect) to protect the fabric from getting scorched and your iron from getting any Bondaweb stuck on it. Then iron long enough to ensure the Bondaweb is well and truly stuck to your ‘tache fabric.

Draw round your 'tache once you've ironed your Bondaweb to your 'tache fabric.

Draw round your ‘tache once you’ve ironed your Bondaweb to your ‘tache fabric.

Once this is done, you can draw round your template on the fabric/Bondaweb combo. Cut out the ‘tache shape, peel off the remaining backing paper and you are left with a fabric sticker!

Place the ‘tache glue side down on your jumper.  Check it is in the middle – I put the jumper on, pin the ‘tache to where I want it and then carefully take the jumper off so I know it’s in the right place.

You can stop here but I think it looks neater (and is more robust) if you sew round the edges too.

You can stop here but I think it looks neater (and is more robust) if you sew round the edges too.

Then fix it in place on the jumper.  Once again, take your cotton scrap of material and place it over the ‘tache and jumper and press well with the iron until it is thoroughly stuck.  Check all the edges to make sure they are in place.

Either zig zag stitch over the edges with a machine or use running stitch if sewing by hand.

Either zig zag stitch over the edges with a machine or use running stitch if sewing by hand.

You can either leave it there or then over-sew the edges with your sewing machine on zig-zag stitch setting, or a line of hand running stitch if you haven’t got a sewing machine.  This makes the ‘tache more robust and also gives it a neater finish.

There you have it.   A #Movember #Mojumper for you to wear with pride when you’re out on a hot date with your #Mobro!

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