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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Curved Mickey Head Star Ears
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.
May the fourth be with you! To celebrate Star Wars day (May 4th, naturally!), we whipped up a quick little Jedi Mickey t-shirt for Isabella.
The total cost for this t-shirt was $0. Here’s how we did it. The shirt pattern is the Oliver & S Field Trip Raglan pattern which I already own and use all the time. The fabric came from 2 t-shirts that had seen better days.
First, I drew a Jedi Mickey Mouse. Right click on the image below and print it out if you want to use it to make one for your little Jedi.
Trace it on to the non-shiny side of a piece of freezer paper. Then iron the shiny side of the freezer paper onto the back side of the front of the t-shirt. This stabilizes the fabric for painting and gives you a pattern to fill in with paint.
I mixed acrylic paint with fabric medium which can be purchased at any craft store. The fabric medium turns the acrylic paint into a washable, non-cracking paint for fabric.
Then, it is simply a matter of filling in the image with paint. Kind of like paint-by-numbers!
If you aren’t using a ready-made t-shirt, all that’s left to do is finish stitching your shirt together, and with this pattern, that only takes a matter of a few minutes.
On our last trip to WDW, we came across this shirt:
Cute, yes? And perfect for a fall game day here in Alabama. At $40, it was pretty pricey for a toddler to wear, but since there were none available in her size at that time, we weren’t faced with that decision.
On a trip through Target, I saw this sweatshirt on the clearance rack for $6.
This is one of those times when an embroidery machine would come in handy, but with inspiration from the shirt above, I was able to make a custom University of Alabama themed Mickey Mouse football sweatshirt with a little time, a regular sewing machine, and some scraps of fabric all at a total cost of $6.00!
Here’s how I made it. I started with an image downloaded here and traced it onto stabilizer. Starting with the segments of the picture that are the furthest in the background, I reverse appliqued the fabric onto the stabilizer and trimmed away any excess. It is a technique learned in an online class called “Double Reverse Applique” by Ellen Lindner.
Her technique is designed for art quilts and not kids clothing, so after the applique was finished. the raw edges were covered with satin stitching. Then the whole patch was sewn onto the back of the sweatshirt.
On game day this fall, Isabella will be showing her #DisneySide. Roll Tide!
A few months ago, we sent a letter to Goofy. Last week we got a postcard back! Isabella thought it was the coolest thing to receive her very own mail, signed by Mickey and his friends, no less!
You can get your very own postcard from Disney characters by writing to:
Walt Disney World Communications
P.O. Box 10040
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-0040
(for Walt Disney World)
Walt Disney Company
Attn: Fan Mail Department
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
Disney inspired yard toys to DIY
What Disney ride is free, has no waiting line, and is available all the time? It’s Isabella’s new Mickey Mouse seesaw!
The plans for this seesaw are from the fabulous Ana-White website. My husband built it and when he was getting ready to put the seat on, we asked him to cut it into a Mickey head shape. It ends up being extra comfortable, especially when there are two people sitting on one end!
Isabella and her friends are having a great time on her personal Disney ride. She likes it so much that we even resorted to bringing it inside when the temperatures dropped too low to play outside!