Friday, September 23, 2011

{Tutorial} Mickey and Minnie Custom Tees

When I we started planning our Disney trip months ago, I checked out some amazing sellers on Etsy for inspiration.  I can't find my original inspiration, but I do love the look of so many of the items in Kynna Bebe Boutique's Shop.

{How stinkin' cute is this one from her shop?}

Anyway, I set out to make some custom tees for my little ones & my neices and nephew.


To Make your Own you need:
Fusible Web {I used Wonder Under}
Matching Thread
Sewing Machine

As for T-Shirts, I had some that I bought at Target for $5 a while ago, and some that I bought at Hobby Lobby for $1.50. I have to say that the extra $3.50 is worth it in my book. The quality and fabric is considerably nicer! Wash your shirts before doing this to prevent shrinking, etc.

Print out the template to the sizing of your liking. I just adjusted the scale on the image to get the size that I wanted. It took 3-4 tries to get the perfect size, but no biggie :)

Next trace the Mickey Mouse head onto the paper side of your fusible web. Roughly cut it out leaving a little bit of room around the edges.

Iron the rough side onto the wrong side of your fabric. Let cool for a minute and then cut out the Mickey Mouse head.

Remove the paper backing and iron onto your T-shirt.

Next, I used a zigzag stitch to do my appliquéing. I set my stitch length to a very short distance (around 0.3 to 0.5 on my machine) to give the super close zig zag. And I left the stitch width on the standard setting {maybe a 4 or 5?}. Practice this on a piece of scrap fabric to make sure your settings are right first. This next part is important if you have never appliqued using this technique before. You want the outer edge of the zig zag stitch to be right on the edge of your fabric. If not, you do not get the desired look and your shirt will look pulled and all funny. Trust me....I ruined a shirt this way :(

{This was a setting of 0.7 on my machine, I did the other ones with closer stitches around 0.5}

If your T-shirt is thin, put a piece of tissue paper or something thin underneath the shirt as a stabilizer. I didn't do this and I wish I would have.  If you look close, you can see where the edges of the ears are "wrinkly."  This is because the shirts were thin.  The nicer quality shirts {bottom right corner} did much better than the Hobby Lobby ones.

Zig zag all the way around the Mickey head. At the end, pull your beginning and end threads from the back to the front and tie them off.

Lastly, if you are making a Minnie instead of a Mickey, add a cute little bow!


{In case you are wondering, flower fabric was from Hobby Lobby and the camouflage fabric is from Wal-mart}

Happy Appliqueing!! 

Linking this up to some of my FAVORITE LINKY PARTIES!!


  1. So darn cute! We are going to DL in three weeks! Thanks for the great ideas! I also saw your other pins and want to do those too!

  2. What fun!! And great tips!!
    Thanks for linking up to Show & Share!!

  3. We are headed to Disney in January - thanks for the inspiration. I did freezer paper stencil Disney shirts when we went last February. You can see it on my blog:

  4. Hey! I just found this post. I was looking for instructions on how to do this and yours were great!! I have never appliqued before and I was able to follow your instructions and came out with a pretty cute shirt. So, thanks!! :)

  5. THANK YOU! I found this via pinterest for my daughter's 2nd birthday -- she is obsessed with Mickey. But I wanted something simple that she could wear the rest of the year too. I used red polka dot fabric & a walmart "garanimals" white tee. And followed your directions to a T -- My machine left it a bit gappy in between the stitches on the smallest setting so I went around twice (it looks more like your Etsy example when done). Its perfect!! And bonus it didn't take me long, which is great since the party is in 2 hours! haha :P

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