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

Affordable & Comfortable |Halloween Costumes

Tis the season for frights for some and comfy sweaters for all. So you’ve been invited to a Halloween party but you’re not sure what to wear? Well you’ve come to the right place! This year I am focusing on affordable ways to dress up once again with a twist called comfort. Many girls dress up to look skanky on Halloween, however, here I try to keep it classy without looking frumpy. Seeking some Halloween d.i.y. costumes? Don’t worry d.i.y.’s are definitely on there way, patience, starting Saturday will be the first Halloween d.i.y. of this season, for now enjoy the d.i.y ideas in this post.


The Boyfriend, The Fiancee, The Husband

Are you the creative one and him not so much? Would he feel tortured to walk around in a full blown costume made of itchy fabric and hours of your hard work? Try a onsie, he will love you even more for it! If you want to be pooh bear try a yellow dress with a cropped red top paired with d.i.y ears. He can be Eeyore to match plus you’ll both be able to reuse the outfits thoughout the year. Want to be Sally? This one is a little tough to diy so I would suggest heading to Hot Topic to pick up the costume dress which you can still rewear thoughout the year, if you’re a die heart fan. He can be Jack in comfort and style, who wants to really walk around with a giant skull head anyway.

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Budgeting 101| Freebie

Adulting always seems as if you’ll be jumping into this magical fairy tale where you get to paint the walls without permission. Then you get there and realize all the negatives that align with them such as figuring out how to afford all the paint.ha. I’ve learned a lot in a short window of time but budgeting has always been a part of me, it’s fun. A game you cannot afford to lose, quite literally.

Buttons & Hook and eye Closures | Beginner

Back in high school I remember my favorite pair of pants button falling off through the mid school day. It was odd since the rivet on the jeans only popped off the top circle portion rather than the entire thing. After trying to press it back on, I scrambled to find anything to keep them closed until lunch when I could change. Eventually, my friend found a safety pin to temporarily fix the situation. It was beyond embarrassing even though only a couple people knew. Now I always keep safety pins in my purse, backpack, car, literally everywhere.

Learn how to fix a broken button on your pants with tips I learned from fashion school. This tutorial is for beginner level sewers, it’s easier than you think. Also, find out how to add extra security to your pants with a hidden hook and eye closure for those pairs you love a little too much.

Have you ever had a fashion mishap in public? Let me know your story down below.

XOXO Faith

Eliminate Stress | Rule of 5

The last couple of weeks I have been allowing my stress to consume me. While I should have pumped the brakes sooner, I am now integrating two strategies into my daily routine. Instead of fixating on multiple stressors for hours at a time this new way of thinking implements a set block of time. Thus, pulling the negative toxic energy away from the task.

Recently, I have been searching for a house to rent in a highly competitive area with an extremely small-time frame to find “the one”. Not to mention all the stressors that piggy back off of moving in general to a new area for the first time nonetheless. What furniture to get, can we afford new furniture at this time? Oh, I almost forget to mention I also need to find myself a job. If you also have multiple stressful events hovering over you try out this method.

First write out the title of each block you have. For the very first ten or so minutes of each block focus on writing out bullet that need to be accomplished in that one block. Breaking down each block into smaller sections makes it easier to see exactly what needs to be done to accomplish each goal.   Whenever something regarding one your blocks pops into your head jot it down on a piece of paper or an e-list to revisit during that specific blocks time. Tasks get accomplished and play time stays well playtime without underlining heavy guilt of wasting time. Set a timer for third to ten minutes to work on each block, if you have the energy to flow into the next block right away go for it, if not take ten to fifteen minutes to rest your mind.

Once your blocks are all titled create a rule of five, five things you will prioritize daily. If you find the idea of five overwhelming slim it down to two to start with. These things may seem monotonies to take the time to write out but it is a daily reminder of your intentions each day. Do not just say exercise daily because that could mean so many different things which leads to a fade out. See below for my rule of five as well as the main stressors clouding up my mind lately. There are multiple ways to create a visual of all your goals this is just one of them make it your own, be creative.

Comment down below what stressors are clouding up your mind?

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