We’ve been faithful about gathering a footprint from Isabella after each Disney trip, but got a little behind on finishing them up, so today, we’ve got two to show you.
First, is her footprint from our 2014 trip.
This was the first year that Isabella was tall enough to ride a “big” roller coaster and she loved it.
The next footprint is from our trip last month:
This year, besides roller coasters, Isabella was crazy for Chewbacca. Chewbacca will not sign an autograph, so this is our way of remembering her interaction with him.
It’s hard to believe that Isabella’s first Disney footprint was when she was only 2 months old. Her feet were so tiny!
And here’s from the year she turned 2 at Disney World:
We’re having fun making a little collection for her and trying to guess what her 2016 footprint will be! Making these is turning out to be one of our favorite (and free!) souvenirs.
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’s beginning to look and feel like Christmas and this year, we have a new Christmas tree skirt. The idea was to make one that looked kind of like a Disney viewfinder reel.
The pictures in the viewfinder reel are all paper pieced quilt blocks sized to 10″ square. Most of the patterns are available free on the fabulous Fandom in Stitches website. It is a treasure trove of paper piecing and embroidery patterns for fans of everything from Harry Potter to the Muppets to Disney characters. Alice in Wonderland was a previously untested pattern from the very generous and talented Alida at Tweety Loves Quilting. In addition to her patterns, she has held a year long “Stretch Your Skills” series that has been really fun to learn from.
Here are what some of the blocks that Alida designed look like closer up:
Pluto was a relatively easy block to make if you have any paper piecing experience.
I didn’t do a good job picking a background for Mickey because his white gloves don’t show up well enough, but it seemed like a lot of work to go back and remake it, so it is staying put.
Alice was a challenge to say the least. The pieces are TINY and there are so many of them that this was the most difficult block of them all. But, Isabella had such a fun experience with Alice in Wonderland on our last visit to Disney World, so I persevered.
Here’s hoping that it looks good under the Christmas tree with the Monorail running around it!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Another little “happy” headed out in the mail for Isabella. This time the manila envelope is decorated with Anna from Frozen.
There are some great video tutorials for drawing Disney characters on the Disney Parks blog. This sketch was from that series of tutorials.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Along with the standard question, “How long until we are going to Disney World?”, another frequent question is “What day do we do __________?” So, to help Isabella learn days, months, time, etc., we made her a Morning Circle Time Board. It has a calendar, learning clock, weather station, etc., but her favorite part of it is the moveable monorail to change the day of the week.
The board is a simple foam core board with various elements glued or laminated on. For the monorail track, we cut a slit in the foam core with an exacto knife above the days of the week.
We searched for a simple image of the monorail and printed it off on cardstock. We used ModPodge to adhere it to a piece of balsa wood (from Hobby Lobby) and sealed it with a top coat of ModPodge. The balsa wood was easy to cut with an exacto knife. We glued a small sliver of foam core to the back of the balsa wood to hold the monorail in the track and glued a flat washer to the back of that.