Disney Mouse Ears | DIY

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!

 

xoxo Faith

 


Materials

Item Price
Fabric Quarters
(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
100% Nylon
Exact one used
Butterfly/ French Barrette $1.10  – Walmart
Pack of 10
Poly Fill $4.19  – Joann 
2oz Bag
Hot Glue Gun+ Sewing Machine
or Fabric Glue
 Varies

Instructions

The Ears:

  1. Unfold the solid black fabric quarter and take out the cardboard in the middle of it.
  2. Fold the cardboard in half to create a symmetrical  triangle. Note the cardboard is not a perfect square to begin with.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Cut out the larger shape, you should end up with four black ears.
  6. 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.
  7. Sew each ear to the lace as close to the edge as you can, then trim off the access lace.
  8. Place two of the ears wrong sides together, lace to lace. Pin the two ear together then sew leaving the dented portion open. Repeat.
  9. 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.
  10. Hand sew each ear closed.
  11. 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.

The Bow:

  1. Take out the cardboard from the middle of the red with white poka dot fabric.
  2. Fold the fabric up one forth and cut out one square length.
  3. Pin the fabric right sides together (pretty side facing each other).
  4. Sew the square all the way around leaving a large enough opening to flip the fabric.
  5. Flip the fabric and hand sew the opening closed.
  6. Fold the square in half, begin scrunching to create the bow pleats then sew the middle to make them permanent.

Together we Go:

  1. Take the glitter fabric/ ribbon and wrap it around the middle by tying a knot.
  2. Place a dot of glue on the barrette then loop the glitter ribbon around the barrette to tie a knot for extra security.
  3. Cut off the ends of the remaining glitter ribbon, place hot glue on the raw edges to prevent them from fraying.
  4. Use a needle and thread to add some stitches to the sides of the barrette to avoid any twisting or flopping.
  5. Place the two ears on the back of the bow pin them to the bow.
  6. 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.

    Video Tutorial

DIY Knot Scrunchies |Easy

After my usual window shopping or shall I say internet browsing, I usually find something that is cute yet too expensive to justify purchasing. This happened to be one of those times, instead of just laughing and clicking out I thought why not try to make my own. At Alo Yoga this scrunchie is selling for $12.00 which is a bit pricy as it only includes one.

As a fellow crafty curly gal I decided to challenge myself by only using scrap material from previous projects. Next I realized that I really did not want to create a scrunchie as it seems a bit challenging plus I am not a fan of the scrunchie in the first place. Yes, this post is still titled diy knot scrunchies so I’ll explain, don’t worry. Instead of making a knot tie that was bound to one type of hair tie, why not create one that can be used on any type. I prefer invisibobbles which was my motivation for creating the tie for any preference.

Even though I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design I still struggle with sewing. Needless to say this is definitely a beginner’s project, for all diy lovers. Since this is an easy level project I have included in the tutorial two examples. Also, learn how to fix major sewing mistakes and how to do it right the first time. Follow the tutorial below.

If you give this a try let me know in the comments or tag me in your creations on instagram. HAPPY CREATING!!

XOXO Faith

 

Accessories Trends | Spring / Summer 2019

Previously we discussed in an earlier post that trends are not the be all end all in fashion. If you happen to love a trend try it. On the flip side if you hate it you do not have to wear it just to be fashionable. Fitting in goes against fashion as it should be a unique personal thing that varies from person to person. Your style gives people a personal glimpse of your personality, likes and dislikes without even uttering a word to them.  Trends are simply to inspire creativity in fashion and usually they are on a wide scope so it is unlikely someone would adapt all of the season’s trends.

According to WWD (Women’s Wear Daily) the leading accessory trends for spring and summer for 2019 include the following: bohemian, neon, oversized items, feathers, large logos and artistic jewelry. After looking at some of my favorite stores online for accessories I have included all of the following trends I found.


Sunnys!

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Cat Eye vs. Snowboarder Shades

Above are the two main shapes that I saw not including the average year around sunglasses. The left is more of a narrow cat eye shape and the right is similar to  snowboarder shades. If I had to pick between the two I would gravitate towards the snowboard shades. What do you call your shades? Sunglasses, shades or sunnys? Let me know.