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.
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.
We play a lot of “Disney World” at home in between trips. Stuffed animals are buckled in to the Mine Train (aka the couch), laundry baskets become It’s a Small World boat, and some “rides” even require the use of a fast pass.
So, we made our own “fast pass reader”.
It is made with a simple tap light similar to this available at Home Depot, Lowes, or even the dollar store:
We lightly sanded the underside of the dome and painted it with acrylic paint before re-assembling it. If we were doing it again, we might paint the Mickey outline with a brush and spray paint the rest with a yellow/gold paint to get a smoother finish, but Isabella doesn’t seem to mind the uneven paint job.
And at least we’ve found a way to play with the little collection of Magic Bands we are starting to acquire!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.