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Disney Knits are Here!

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It doesn’t take much to find Disney fabrics in every substrate from fleece to quilting cotton, but the one thing that has been missing has been cotton knits.  FINALLY, they are available, but so far, we’ve only seen them online.   Disney knit fabric

These knits are a light to medium weight cotton knit that is substantial enough that it is not see through, but are light enough knits that the fabric edges curl up after washing.  They are a good weight for t-shirts, but not leggings, etc.

This shirt is the Oliver and S Field Trip Raglan pattern sewn with the Many Faces of Mickey fabric we purchased from Fabric.com and black cotton jersey from Hancocks Fabrics.

Disney knit fabric

This shirt is a basic t-shirt pattern split diagonally in the front and back so we could use both the Anna Sketch fabric and Elsa Sketch fabric together.  This fabric was also ordered from Fabrics.com.

The fabrics are 58″ wide and were listed at $12.98/yard.  They are made by Springs Creative who is the manufacturer of the Disney fabrics at Joanns/Hancocks, etc., so hopefully, those stores will start to carry some of the knits in the near future.

 

Wonderful World of Disney Sewing – Experimenting

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When you are out on a run and your mind is wandering, it is easy to come up with some crazy ideas that you can’t wait to get home to try out.  That is the genesis of this next top.

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When we purchased the letter buttons for the corduroy jacket, they came with a set of colored buttons with the same letters.    We had some fabric at home that looked ok with the button colors so decided to try the free Izzy top pattern from Climbing the Willow.  But, we wanted to add a little twist to the bodice to tie it in with the MICKEY buttons.

The crazy running idea was to see if it was possible to make a Mickey head with honeycomb smocking.  I drew dots in a circle at 2 points along the radius for a Mickey head and Mickey ears.  Then, I did honeycomb smocking of the head first and then ears.  I wasn’t sure if it would work or not, but the fabrics were leftover pieces from some old quilt projects, so it was no cost if it didn’t work.

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The dots for the outer perimeter of the circles were 1/4 inch apart.  If I were doing it again, I would place them closer together.

After the honeycomb smocking was done, I basted around the shape of the Izzy pattern top to hold the fabric in place and then cut it out.  The bodice is lined, so the back of the smocking is covered.

Free pattern, leftover fabric, and an idea that kind of worked!  Guess that means we better lace up our running shoes and head back out.

Wonderful World of Disney Sewing – Princesses

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This has been a good year for finding Disney fabrics that are a little more artistic and subtle than the usual cartoonish fabrics that have always been available.

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The first top is made from the Children’s Corner Abbie pattern.  It is a lined tunic that sewed together very quickly.  The fabric is called Fashionable Princesses Word Badge and was from Joann’s Fabrics.  This kind of fabric seems to show up randomly there and disappears pretty quickly. 0817151439

The second top is the Oliver and S Puppet Show Tunic made with another Joann’s find.  The Disney fabric this time is Disney Watercolor Princess Patch.  Again, I only saw this fabric one time at Joann’s and haven’t seen it since.

It’s great to see Disney licensing different styles of fabric, but now, it would be nice to see the manufacturer/distributors branch out and offer a greater variety of substrates other than fleece and quilting weight cotton.

Girls Love Star Wars, Too! More DIY

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There’s a new Star Wars movie coming out in December – The Force Awakens.  Maybe this means that Disney merchandising will awaken and start to stock more Star Wars shirts designed for girls and women.  Until then, it’s more DIY and more glitter!

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Making t-shirts is easy, especially if you have a serger, but sometimes you can find them on sale for less than the price of fabric.  This t-shirt was $4 at Target.

We did another image search for Star Wars silhouettes and Star Wars title.  We traced them onto the back of the glitter sheet, cut them out, and ironed them on.  Don’t forget to reverse the image for letters.

diy star wars sparkle t-shirt

Here’s another t-shirt with Princess Leia.  The tee was on a $5 sale at Old Navy and the silhouette material is part of the original pack that we got at Hobby Lobby.

DIY Princess Leia sparkle t-shirt

Sparkle Castle T-shirt with Free 4T pattern

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DIY Disney castle sparkle t-shirt

We’ve already started sewing for our next Disney trip (or just for playing princesses every day!).    This shirt came about when we saw these Tulip Glitter Iron On Sheets at Hobby Lobby.

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First, we cut a simple cap sleeve t-shirt out of white cotton interlock.  Here is the pattern for the t-shirt that we drew:

3 step t-shirt pattern

You will need to draw it out full -size with each square equaling one inch.  Cut out the t-shirt and apply the glitter applique to the front before you sew it together.

We just did an image search for a castle silhouette and traced around it onto the back fusible side of the shimmer material.  Then, cut around it and iron in place.

sparkle castle applique

Sewing the t-shirt together is as easy as 1, 2, 3.  Just follow the instructions on the diagram.

Everyone deserves a little sparkle!

Seven Dwarfs Ruffled Peasant Tunic

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seven dwarves ruffled tunic diy

Isabella wanted to meet Snow White on our second day at the Magic Kingdom and she was just tall enough to ride the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, so the search was on for an outfit to fit the occasion.

A trip to Joanns yielded this adorable seven dwarfs fabric which was perfect for that day:

Seven Dwarves fabric

Isabella’s top was a basic peasant-style tunic with a ruffled collar attached and princess style sleeves.  There are a number of free peasant dress patterns and tutorials online including this one from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom and this one from Create Kids Couture if you want to make your own.

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We used the free Flounced Ruffle Capri pattern from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in a cotton interlock for her pants.

Our goal is to find/make unique, but comfortable outfits for Isabella.  Snow White gave this one her seal of approval.

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Tinkerbell Christmas T-shirt Printable

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Isabella’s favorite Christmas song is Jingle Bells.  As we got ready for our Christmas break trip to WDW, she started singing “Tinkerbell, Tinkerbell, Tinker all the way!”

SO, her clever Mama designed a graphic for a shirt for her to wear to the Magic Kingdom to meet Tinkerbell.

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It was one of the only Tinkerbell shirts we saw on this trip and Tinkerbell herself heartily approved!

The shirt is made from our trusty Oliver and S Raglan t-shirt pattern and a cotton interlock from Joanns.  We used an iron-on transfer paper to get the design on the shirt.

Here is the graphic if you want to make your own.  Remember to flip it horizontally before printing or the text will be backwards when you iron it on.

Tinkerbell Christmas Iron-on Printable

Tinkerbell Christmas Iron-on Printable

Disney + Star Wars DIY Shirt (free printable!)

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We’ve just come back from another amazing trip to WDW and this time, we planned ahead and came up with shirts for each park.  The first one was for Hollywood Studios.

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Star Ears – May the Mouse be With You!  Perfect for Isabella who likes Star Wars, but loves Mickey.

Isabella’s clever Mama came up with the idea which we then “designed” in Word.  Here are 2 versions if your little Jedi wants one for their next Disney trip.

Star Ears Printable

Curved Mickey Head Star Ears

Star Ears Printable

Star Ears Printable

We used iron-on transfer paper from the fabric store on a purchased dress.  Just make sure to flip the image horizontally before printing or the text will be backwards when you iron it on.

 

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.

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