Monthly Archives: November 2014

Embroidered Disney Shirts on a Regular Sewing Machine

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Disney monogram shirt DIY

 

There are so many cute Disney embroidery and appliques available, but what if you don’t have an embroidery machine?  This Minnie Mouse monogram was done with my 20 year old sewing machine and one special foot.

This was made with a technique called “couching”.  A good description of it is found here.

For this shirt, I drew the design out on tear-away stabilizer and then pinned it to the front of the ready-made shirt.

Machine embroidery on a regular sewing machine

 

This foot is called a “braiding” foot and has a hole that braid/yarn/cord can go through so you can zig-zag over it to hold it in place.  I did a standard width zig-zag first to get the yarn in the right place and then switched to an open toe applique foot to do a tight zig-zag over it to cover the yarn better.  After stitching everything down, carefully tear away the stabilizer and you are left with a nice raised embroidery design.  To keep the embroidery from being scratchy when worn, I iron on a soft fusible lining material on the inside that can be found at Hancocks or Joanns.

The Minnie ears and bow were easy to draw out.  I made the circle monogram here.

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R2D2 Trick or Treat Bucket – Tutorial

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R2D2 Trick or Treat Bucket

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there were other princesses besides Elsa and Anna.   Isabella settled on Princess Leia as her outfit of choice for this Halloween and her costume got a lot of attention in the sea of Elsa’s we saw.

Princess Leia costume with R2D2 bucket

Making her dress was pretty easy, we used the Oliver and S Field Trip Raglan T as the base.  The body of the tee was modified into an a-line shape and lengthened.  The sleeves were also modified to flare out.  A hood was added to the back and the neckline was raised to match Princess Leia’s dress.  The dress was made out of a white cotton interlock from Hancocks which ended up being a good weight for any weather and was super comfortable.

Isabella’s belt was sewn with “outdoor fabric” that looked like leather from Hancocks and was made using this tutorial.Princess Leia and R2D2 toddler costume

On to the R2D2 bucket and a little disclaimer.  Taking step by step detailed photographs isn’t our cup of tea, but we did sketch out the basic steps it took to make this R2D2 bucket.

How to make an R2D2 bucket

Basically, it is an oatmeal box with paper towel tube arms covered in paper mache’ and then painted.  We ran a ribbon handle through the paper towel tube arms before covering them with paper mache’.  The top of R2D2 was a 6″ styrofoam ball with the bottom cut off.  We made a tape hinge so it would open and shut for trick or treating.  Isabella loved it and was asked about it over and over.

R2D2 Halloween bucket