Disney’s iconic mouse ears can be a bit pricy and the knock off alternatives look too cheap. Even the authentic ears tend to hurt after wearing them for a couple of hours. Today I am going to teach you how to make your own Minnie Mouse Ears without the annoying headband for a fraction of the cost. For your crafting convenience I have included both written instructions and a video tutorial.Don’t know how to sew but still want to make the ears? Where it says to sew opt in fabric glue.
For the average crafter these ears will cost between $2 to $6 since most of the materials will be in your craft closet. If you do not have any of the materials see the breakdown below for the estimated cost. All of the prices listed below are for larger amounts than needed which means you are making an addition to your craft collection. yay! If you see no need for the full yardage of ribbon, simply take it to the cut counter for a shorter length.
I want to see your ears, share them in the comments below or send me a message with a picture of them!
(1) Solid Black
(1) Red & White Poka Dot
|$0.79 each – Walmart
|Glitter Fabric or Ribbon||$1.50 – Michaels
0.38″ x 5yd.
|Lace Ribbon – White||$5.99 – Michaels
3.5″ X 3 Yards
Exact one used
|Butterfly/ French Barrette||$1.10 – Walmart
Pack of 10
|Poly Fill||$4.19 – Joann
|Hot Glue Gun+ Sewing Machine
or Fabric Glue
- Unfold the solid black fabric quarter and take out the cardboard in the middle of it.
- Fold the cardboard in half to create a symmetrical triangle. Note the cardboard is not a perfect square to begin with.
- Use a pencil to sketch out a circle with a dent at one end then cut it out. These will be the inner structure of the ears.
- Fold the black fabric in half twice. Pin the fabric to keep all the layers in place. Trace the cardboard structure of one ear with a pencil then add about an inch to the shape all the way around for the seam allowance. A seam allowance allows room for the stitch otherwise it will be significantly smaller than you want.
- Cut out the larger shape, you should end up with four black ears.
- Place an ear on top of the lace ribbon then fold it over to cover both sides. Pin down the ear to avoid any shifting. Cut the lace then repeat once more. Cut both pieces of lace in half. Place each ear on a piece of lace then pin them together in the center.
- Sew each ear to the lace as close to the edge as you can, then trim off the access lace.
- Place two of the ears wrong sides together, lace to lace. Pin the two ear together then sew leaving the dented portion open. Repeat.
- Flip each ear inside out so that the lace is on the outside. Place one inner structure in each ear then begin stuffing with poly fill on both sides of the cardboard.
- Hand sew each ear closed.
- Optional: Use scrap pieces of black fabric to cover the bottom of each ear, this is simply to create a finished look. Pin the fabric to the ear, cut off the excess then hand sew the fabric onto the ear.
- Take out the cardboard from the middle of the red with white poka dot fabric.
- Fold the fabric up one forth and cut out one square length.
- Pin the fabric right sides together (pretty side facing each other).
- Sew the square all the way around leaving a large enough opening to flip the fabric.
- Flip the fabric and hand sew the opening closed.
- Fold the square in half, begin scrunching to create the bow pleats then sew the middle to make them permanent.
Together we Go:
- Take the glitter fabric/ ribbon and wrap it around the middle by tying a knot.
- Place a dot of glue on the barrette then loop the glitter ribbon around the barrette to tie a knot for extra security.
- Cut off the ends of the remaining glitter ribbon, place hot glue on the raw edges to prevent them from fraying.
- Use a needle and thread to add some stitches to the sides of the barrette to avoid any twisting or flopping.
- Place the two ears on the back of the bow pin them to the bow.
- Once you are satisfied with the placement begin hand sewing the bottom of each ear to the bow. Be careful to only pierce through the first layer of the bow so that it cannot be seen on the front.