This may be one of my all time favorite Disney t-shirt designs – the Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bar t-shirt. It’s simple but just outright adorable. When I posted this photo on our Mouze Kateerz facebook page several weeks ago, a Mouze Kateerz fan named Suzanne Manning from Buffalo, NY, told us she had made her own similar version for her family to wear on a Disney vacation. Of course I had to ask for the instructions, and she graciously obliged.
1) Make your pattern. This may take several attempts until you achieve the design you want.
2) Now start with the Heat N Bond applique. The applique was 3 pieces; 1 for the stick, one for the head, and one for the bite. The Heat N Bond was purchased at JoAnn Fabrics, although Wal-Mart sells it as well in the sewing notions department. Heat N Bond instructions are on the packaging. You cut a piece of Heat N Bond roughly the size you want. Suzanne said she made it bigger than the fabric piece. For the Mickey Mouse head, she cut a square piece bigger than the head.
3) Now you iron the Heat N Bond onto the back-side of the fabric. Follow the directions on the package for iron setting and timing. Then you draw the shape you wish, the Mickey head in this example, on the paper side of the Heat N Bonded fabric piece. You can hold it up to a window and trace something if it is a complicated design, and then cut out the shape on the fabric with the Heat N Bond ironed to it.
4) Peel the paper off of the cut-out fabric shape. The Heat N Bond will leave a non-sticky adhesive coating on the backside for your fabric, which will adhere to the shirt once you iron it on.
5) Put all the pieces in place where you want them. Suzanne placed the stick first, placing the head over it. Then she cut off a tip of the right ear and placed the bite on.
6) Once everything is in place, iron it down.
7) Satin stitch with a sewing machine all around the edges. Match the thread to the fabric; tan on the stick, brown on the Mickey head. Suzanne said, “I like to use patterned fabric, you can see some swirls on the Mickey head, to give the design a bit of dimension.”
Suzanne said if you don’t sew, you could seal the edges with fabric paint. This would be a good idea, otherwise, it may peel off after a few washings. If you don’t sew the edges down, Suzanne also recomends the heavy duty Heat N Bond, and not the Heat N Bond light. Heat N Bond light is easier on the sewing machine needles.
Here is Suzanne’s finished product.
I think another variation of this idea, for the sewing-challenged out there, would be to use fabric paint to paint the design onto the shirt.
So there you have a crafty way to make the Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bar t-shirt!
A special thanks to Mouze Kateerz fan Suzanne Manning for her instructions and photos. Not only would this be less expensive than the $24 Disney t-shirts, they would be great personalized attire for your Disney vacation.
Thanks for stopping by for a photographical Disney ride, and we’ll see you in the parks, wearing our Disney t-shirts.
Idea contributed by Mouze fan Suzanne