Minnie Mouse Dress Applique DIY

Hello all, it is has been some time since I posted a DIY project. Instead of going into detail about ice storms and toddler and grown-up sized sinus infections, I’m going to dive right into the project for this post! ūüôā

Baby girl’s party is just a few weeks away, so I decided to get her dressed up for pictures for invites, thank you cards, gifts, etc. I knew I wanted her in a Minnie Mouse outfit, but I wasn’t sure what. I came across this adorable pink tutu dress at Target on clearance! It was perfectly pink, and already came with a bow!

 Target tutu dress

The rest of this post is going to walk you through the steps for creating an applique’.

When I get ready to embroider anything, I always like to use these stickers to mark where I want the center of my design to be sewn.

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Once the sticker was in place, I use spray adhesive found at Hobby Lobby to attach the tear-away stabilizer and hoop it. My embroidery machine is the Brother SE-400.

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I selected the Minnie Mouse design I uploaded to my machine and stitched out the design. You can see the bow being stitched below:

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Once the design is stitched on the dress, I prepared the applique’ fabric to be stitched. I used this Stick-N-Washaway stabilizer because I thought it would make it easier to place, but I think I will be sticking with the tearaway stabilizer and spray adhesive.

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I used this fabric for the Minnie Mouse head:

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And this fabric for the bow:

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Once the design is stitched out, I cut it out and  used the adhesive to place it over the already-stitched outline on the dress.photo 3 (5)photo 1 (8)

The machine then sews around the parameters of the design to secure it, and it’s finished!

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We took baby girl outside to take pictures, and her new dress was one of her outfits. Adorable!

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Did I mention she’s turning 2? She loves the outdoors and would not stay still!!!

Thanks for reading! More posts are coming soon.

Birthday Party Planning: DIY

As mentioned in the first post, this special young lady turns two in April!

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Well, April is just around the corner! The party is 12 weeks away¬†from tomorrow, which sounds like a lot of time. However, if you’re like me (wanting to create a lot of personal touches), 12 weeks is just enough time to create the Minnie Mouse party I see in my mind.

When I sat down to plan her party, I came up with the following categories:

  • Party theme
  • Party date and time
  • Guest list
  • Invitations
  • Decorations
  • Favors
  • Activities/schedule
  • Menu
  • Cake
  • Photography

Once I had the categories, I researched to see how much each should cost, as well as when we need it by. I split the total cost up over January-April budgets, and will slowly purchase everything needed between now and then. My motto for this is: “Slow and steady wins the race”.

Last year, we had her first birthday party at our house. While it went well, there was a LOT to be learned from the experience. I spent a lot of time of Pinterest (and I do mean a lot), and came up with ideas for each category listed above. I have started enlisting the help of those who are needed to pull this off, and I have made my list to DIY projects for the party.

The posts over the next several weeks will show the process behind completing those projects. They include:

  • Pin the bow on the Minnie like this:

Pin the tail

  • Centerpieces like this:

Centerpiece

  • Minnie/Mickey ears like these:

Ears

  • Favor bags like these:

goody bags

  • Birthday outfit like this (I think….I may do a cloth tutu):

Outfit

  • And, info board like this:

Info board

I plan to tackle the Minnie/Mickey ears first, so expect to see how those turned out on the next post (1st Friday of February). So that’s it, y’all! A (very) brief synopsis of how I get the ball rolling when planning a small event. I’m sooo looking forward to digging in to all of the DIY awesomeness!