Some of our stockings didn’t really coordinate with the new Christmas tree skirt and we had a little fabric left over, so, with a little help from a free fun font called “Mouse Tags“, we were able to make new stockings!
We took a basic stocking pattern and cut it out. Then printed off icons from the Mouse Tags font at about a 400 pt. size. With a light box underneath, we laid the stocking on top of the printed icons and used disappearing ink to trace the design. We quilted it in matching grey thread and then assembled the stockings using the Cluck Cluck Sew Stocking Tutorial.
One stocking has the Polynesian Resort icon.
The other has the sorcerer’s hat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You know how it is . . . you go into the fabric store just for a zipper and another cute Disney fabric lures you in! This time it was at Hancock’s where we spotted this Mickey and Friends Cupcakes fine wale corduroy fabric.
We already had a pattern at home – Simplicity 1477 which is an adorable fox or raccoon jacket pattern that I bought last year.
It only took a little modification to make the pattern suit the cupcake fabric.
Instead of fox or raccoon ears, we made Mickey ears for the hood!
The jacket is lined and interfaced with fusible fleece, so should be plenty warm for southern winters. Choosing the lining was a dilemma. All the typical lining materials were too dull looking for such a whimsical jacket. So, when we spotted some wonderfully soft brushed back princess themed satin in the perfect shade of pink, we went for it.
It does kind of look like an explosion of pink and Disney, but that sounds like just the kind of thing that a 3 year old would love to wear!
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.
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:
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.
Sewing the t-shirt together is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Just follow the instructions on the diagram.
Everyone deserves a little sparkle!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Five days to go until Valentine’s Day. Isabella’s outfit started with a t-shirt using our free printable.
The next step was something to go with it. The polka dot fabric came from Isabella’s great-grandmother’s stash. We used this tutorial from Make It-Love It for the skirt. A couple of black buttons on the waistband were the finishing touch.
Hmmm….maybe we should have planned to run the Princess Half Marathon again so she could wear this in the parks?