DIY Disney Shirts

Friday, February 17, 2012

Hey y'all and Happy Friday!  The kids I nanny for are going to Disney World next week, so I thought I'd send them off with some customized Disney tees.

I made two of the white Pirate ones for the boys, and the red one for the little missy.

I started out with red tees for all three from Hobby Lobby, but after I washed them, they shrank beyond all recognition so I had to eat that $9 and buy some quality ones from Tar-jay.  I'm actually kind of glad that happened because I like the white better for the boys.

Anywho, here's how you can make your own.  Believe me, if I can do it, you can too!  There's very little sewing, and what sewing there is is mostly for aesthetics, so you really can't screw it up!  This tutorial by Vermillion Rules was my starting point, but these are so easy to customize however you want!

First of all, find an outline of a Mickey head that you like.  Bethany at Vermillion Rules used a template from a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Cake, but I couldn't get that one as big as I needed it, so I used this one.  Print it at different percentages until you get it the size you need it.

Now cut it out!  Very important: cut inside the black line so you don't have a big fat head.

Pin your template to a sheet of Heat n Bond Lite (omg, this stuff is amazeballs), and cut out.

Now you have a Mickey head shaped piece of Heat n Bond.

Lay out your fabric wrong side up, and iron on the Heat n Bond Mickeys, following the directions on the package.

Using your fabric scissors, cut out your fabric around the Heat n Bond.

At this point, I chose to make some embellishments to add to my Mickey heads.  I lightly traced around my original Mickey head template and then freehanded a little pirate bandana over it.

After cutting out my bandana template, I made sure it fit nicely over my Mickey head.

For the bandanas, I chose to just trace my template onto the Heat n Bond paper (remember to flip your template over because this will be ironed to the wrong side of the fabric, making the end result reversed).  Cut out.

For the girly one, I chose to freehand her initial (using the Waltograph font as a reference), mostly because I was too lazy to bother with printing it.  Same deal with this as the bandanas.

Now iron your embellishments onto the wrong side of the fabric.  Remember if you're using a striped fabric or a fabric with a certain design on it to position your Heat n Bond the way you want the design to look.  This results in some wasted fabric, but it's worth it to have it the way you want.

For the initial, I went ahead and ironed it on to one of the Mickey heads.  I did not iron on the bandanas at this point.  You'll see why in a minute.

Now, iron the Mickey heads onto the t-shirts following the directions on the Heat n Bond package.

Next comes the fun (and scary!) part.  Using contrasting thread, stitch all the way around your Mickey heads.  I used a straight stitch, but you could easily zig zag it if you want.

After my (so not perfect) stitching was completed, it was time to iron the bandanas onto the boys' shirts.  I didn't want to do it before because it would have made the stitching that much more complicated.

Switch your thread to black (or whatever color looks good to you) and stitch around the bandana the same way you did the Mickey head.

Yeah, I didn't really strive for perfection on these, and honestly, I'm just so proud of myself that I actually tackled a sewing project all by myself.  Hooray for small miracles.

For the little missy's shirt, I didn't do any contrasting stitching on the initial, but I made a bow and hot glued/sewed it onto a bar pin, so it's easily detachable for washing!  Cute, huh?

There you have it, easy DIY Disney shirts!  This project cost me $15 for the shirts, $5 for the fabric and $3.50 for the Heat n Bond.  Three shirts for under $25?  Not too bad!

So are you wondering what I'll be doing while they're at Disney?  I have a list a mile long... :)

Linking to these parties.


  1. Very cute! I hope they loved the shirts!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing! We go to Disney often and I always comment on the cute DIY shirts that kids are wearing. I DO NOT SEW but just may have to weather the storm and try this!

  3. These turned out SO adorable! I might have to "borrow" this idea for when my nieces go. Thanks so much for linking up to this weeks Tutorial Tuesday!

    Newlyweds on a Budget

    P.S. I've started putting all the fun things I'm going to mail to you together this week-hopefully if all goes well you'll get it sometime next week!

  4. Love this! We have our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party going on now and would love for you to share this!

  5. These are super cute! Great job!

  6. Is Disney all over you for this yet? They don't like people using their "people". They are very sue happy about such things. I know it's a big business but they never learned to share in the joy.

  7. do u HAVE to stitch the patterns or is it just a design option?

  8. Jamie - if you don't sew the appliqués on, they will start to peel up after the first wash. The Heat n Bond just helps with reinforcing the appliqué and holding it in place while you sew. Hope that helps!

  9. Hi! I love your tshirts!! I'm making some for our trip this fall. I was wondering if you put some no fray around the edges and if you didn't, did they hold up will through repeated washings? Thanks!

  10. Did you do anything to keep the edges from fraying?