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.
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.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away I did a lot of smocking and heirloom sewing. Over the years, my skills have gotten rusty and smocking has fallen so far out of favor that even the venerable Sew Beautiful Magazine is ceasing publication. One of the problems is that smocking hasn’t adapted to a more modern aesthetic. The other is that smocking plates with popular characters can’t be sold due to copyright, so there is little incentive for an experienced smocker to design one unless they are feeling very generous.
That leaves it to those of us who are amateurs. With some smocking graph paper in hand, I took some colored pencils and drew out Yoda. If you have ever done picture smocking, you should be able to follow the graph. Yoda’s cane was stitched going across two pleats down the length of the cane. This will mean doing a few half cables to fill in his cloak. It isn’t colored in that way on the graph, but, since it is free, who can complain?!
Originally, Yoda was going to be inset in the yoke of this Oliver and S Class Picnic Blouse, but in a size 3T, the yoke was too short to accommodate him, so he became a pocket. For a good tutorial on how to do a smocked insert, click here. The pocket was made by inserting the smocking into a piece of Kona cotton, putting another piece on top of it right sides together and stitching almost all the way around. It was turned inside out through the opening that was left in the stitching, the opening was stitched closed and the pocket stitched on.
The lack of an embroidery machine meant hand stitching the words, but I may unstitch them because they look a bit too sloppy for my taste.
Here’s the “smocking plate” that I drew up. Feel free to print it out and give it a go. As Yoda says, “Do or Do Not, There is no Try.”
This Disney Look for Less again cost $0. The green fabric was from my stash and was won in a giveaway several years ago. The yellow was leftover from a quilt. The Oliver and S pattern was one I already had and the smocking materials were on hand already as well.
As part of our “Year of Living Disney”, we plan to share our projects, trip planning ideas, etc. First up is a new t-shirt ready for Valentine’s Day and you can make one just like it!
To make Isabella’s Valentine’s Day t-shirt, we started with a new cotton t-shirt and a package of June Tailor Print ‘n Press Iron-On transfer paper. This paper should be readily available at your local craft or fabric store.
Then, we designed a heart in the iconic Mickey Mouse style. If you want to make someone happy with their own custom Disney Valentine shirt, just right click on the image below and save it to print as is. Or import into your favorite photo editing program to add a name like we did.
If you choose to add a name to the design, don’t forget to flip it horizontally (mirror image) before printing. Set your inkjet printer to plain paper/normal quality setting and insert the transfer paper and print. Wait a minimum of 30 minutes before ironing on the transfer.
Trim around the image and press with a hot, dry iron. The t-shirt can be machine laundered inside out after wear. The transfers have held up extremely well in our experience.
Coming up in the next few days are some treat ideas to go with the shirt, a trip report from our Christmas stay at Walt Disney World, and how we are going about planning our next trip for later this year.