How cute is this outfit for a first time Disney World guest?!
I consider my sewing level to be extra beginner (I can sew a straight line, and that's about it), so pretty much anyone could do this project.
-Fabric for the silhouette
-Sewable Fabric Interfacing (mine is from Silhouette)
-Contrasting Thread and a Needle
-Emellishments/Buttons for Ribbon
-Silhouette SD or Silhouette CAMEO (I used my SD, but this is optional as the shape is very basic)
*Before I started the project, I washed and dried the zebra fabric, pressed it, and trimmed off any frayed edges. I also downloaded a Mickey silhouette shape into my Silhouette software, but the shape is so simple, I think you could easily replicate your own template on cardboard. The Silhouette interfacing comes with very specific instructions, but I'll loosely "translate" here so you can see how it works.
1. Cut a piece of interfacing large enough to fit your shape, and be sure it will fit onto the cutting mat.
2. Iron the interfacing onto the wrong side of the fabric, leaving about an inch around the outside edges.
3. Trim the extra fabric off.
4. Peel the backing of the interfacing off. You'll notice the back of the fabric has a shiny side to it now!
*At this point, I ran the fabric/cutting mat through my Silhouette and it cut the shape for me. I peeled the excess fabric off and I had a nice clean Mickey silhouette. You could do the same with a cardboard template and disappearing fabric ink for a simple shape.
5. Iron the silhouette shape (shiny side down!) onto the t-shirt.
6. Using the zig-zig stitch option, stitch all the way around the shape to keep it from fraying.
7. Admire your rather sloppy haphazard stitching (oh, maybe that's just me).
Now it's time to make your Minnie Mouse bow!
8. I cut a length of ribbon and sewed the two ends together to form a loop. Another small cut of ribbon was sewn on top to form a closure.
9. (Optional) Sew a button onto the center of your bow.
10. Secure your bow somewhere on the silhouette.
11. (Optional) Add another cute button. Now you have a Minnie Mouse!
The shirts and skorts were from Wal-Mart, and I had the bows custom-made by Harper's Hat Box. The girls were so excited to have outfits made by Mommy that they totally bought my "these are for the beach this summer" story. This made the news of our Disney vacation even more of a surprise!
This shot was worth all the time spent cutting, ironing, and sewing:
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