Walt Disney World provided me with 2 single-day passes to their parks. These DIY Mickey Tees tutorial is otherwise unsponsored.
We went to DISNEY! It was my first time at Walt Disney World. If you can believe it my first time at DisneyLAND was last year (and I grew up a few hours away!). I’m actually glad I never went because I have been able to experience the first-time magic right along with my kids. We had a super long and super fun day! I made the kids DIY Mickey Tees, with big mouse ears on the shoulders.
The ears are made with felt stuck into the raglan sleeve seam. It hints at Mickey without being too gimmicky. Sometimes I love the blatant gimmicky character tees, but I feel like it’s easier to buy those than make them. So, when I DIY, I prefer modern take. The kids enjoyed wearing them, so I think that’s a win!
It was crowded the day we went, so it was hard to get a good picture of the castle without people everywhere! And I guess the crane was still up removing Christmas lights, but I think we got some good photos anyways.
So let’s make some Mickey tees! This is a quick project, it takes about 30 minutes!
DIY Mickey Tees
–Recess Raglan Pattern
-Black Felt, washed and dried (so it won’t shrink later)
-Mickey Ear Raglan Add On (free download!)
-Fabric Scraps for Minnie Mouse Bow, optional
Cut out 2 ears based on the size you’re making. I like to lay out the front bodice and sleeves as shown above. Then stick the ears right on there where you want them. You’ll want them about centered in the sleeve seam.
Take the sleeves out and place the ear right side DOWN on the front bodice. Right sides will be together.
Place the sleeve on top of the ear with the front bodice. The right sides of the sleeve and bodice will be facing and the ear will be sandwiched in between.
Sew it up, turn right side out and press seam allowance down. Topstitch along bodice to hold seam allowance.
Use black thread to tack the ear to the shoulder, just about 1″ below the top of the ear. Go over it a few times with your thread to hold the ear there. Make sure to only catch the front layer of the sleeve.
And you’re done!
I love how the ears stick out from the shirt. They are so fun!
To make this a “Minnie” Tee, use this tutorial to Make a Bow, using a small scrap of fabric. Attach the bow to the ear right where the sleeve meets the bodice with a needle and thread.
We stayed all day! We had to see the fireworks, hah! The kids were falling over in our rented stroller, but they still talk about the fireworks so I think we accomplished a memorable day!