One Night Project: I’ve been making applique tees for several years now, and they couldn’t be easier. Whether you are going on a Disney World vacation or want to make matching tees for a party, this No-Sew Mickey Mouse Applique Tee couldn’t be easier to make. No need for expensive special-orders or experience with a sewing machine. Finish in one night.
While I have a sewing machine (my mom’s), I’m still learning how to use all the “fancy” stuff, so I quickly learned how to do an Easy, No-Sew, Applique project.
Inexpensive: Applique shirts are adorable, but quite pricey if you buy them online. The cost of the shirt is the biggest expense, and you can get simple t-shirts for $5 or under with sales and coupons.
No sewing machine is needed. Love that! If you want to get a bit fancier, feel free to add stitching around the edges, but it’s not necessary to look great.
This Mickey Mouse shirt was the very first applique I did. Not bad, huh?
We were heading to Disney World and I had found these cute zebra skorts at a local store. I didn’t particularly care for the matching shirt, but I thought it would look adorable (maybe at Disney’s Animal Kingdom). So, I found matching zebra material at a local fabric store (such a small amount needed – 1/8 yard) – and voila!
Instant matching outfit! Mulan was impressed!
You can make one too!
I start by buying basic cotton t-shirts. I like shirts I’ve found at Old Navy and The Children’s Place – WITHOUT pockets. I usually grab a few with a great coupon.
- FRUGAL TIP: For seasonal projects, be sure to buy a shirt that is a bit larger than the child currently wears. I do that in the hopes (usually works), that the shirt will last 2 holiday seasons.
I decide on a design. This time it was going to be a simple Mickey Mouse head.
You can use stencils or even a cookie cutter (like I used). Another option is to google Mickey Mouse shapes and print your favorite off. Use any of these to create a simple pattern on paper. Cut the pattern out.
For most shirts, you’ll need just small pieces of fabric.
I discovered that JoAnn’s Fabrics will actually let you purchase as little as 1/8 of a yard (as opposed to my Hobby Lobby, where it is 1/4 yd). Ask your local store….also know that you can ask for samples of material.
- FRUGAL TIP: Before throwing out your child’s pants or shirt that is stained or full of holes, cut the material that you can use from it.
Simply pin your created pattern onto the coordinating fabrics you have chosen.
For my Mickey Mouse, I kept it simple and used only one fabric. If you want to get fancy (see below), you can add different fabric pieces. More on that later.
I then cut out my fabric using the pinned pattern. I keep any small scraps for the future……just think how little material you need for things like noses, eyes, etc.
Instead of sewing, I use Steam-A-Seam 2 Double Stick Fusible Web…..available at fabric stores, hobby stores (I got mine at Hobby Lobby w/a 40% off coupon), or online. It comes with several sheets within it.
Full price at Hobby Lobby was $4.99 – I had a 40% off coupon though. 🙂 Mine came with 5 sheets, each 9″ by 12″. Each project I’ve used 1/2 a sheet so far. So you see how inexpensive this is. Price of shirt, investment of Fusible Web, and small amount of material (hopefully you have scraps).
Follow the instructions on the Fusible Web….I was a bit confused the first time, but really it works easily. I placed my material on the sticky fusible web, then peeled away the back side…………
NOTE: I prefer to create my own pattern on paper, so I don’t use the step on the packaging where you trace your pattern on the fusible web. Instead, I place my material directly on the sticky part, my pattern was gone long ago.
Now for the fun part. I place the material/fusible web on the shirt. If you get it in the wrong spot, the fusible web easily picks up.
Iron it for 10-20 seconds. If adding any embellishments to the Mickey Mouse head (see below)
You could easily turn this Mickey Mouse into a Minnie Mouse by adding a bow or other fun embellishments on top. When using more than one item for Applique be sure to see my Thanksgiving Turkey Applique Tutorial . There I did a Turkey Shirt, where I had many feathers, eyes, beak, etc. It was a multi-step process yet still super easy.
There might be some threads on the outside after laundering……I think it gives it a cool shabby chic look. But if you prefer, I have used a bit of Fray Check to go along the edges before wearing the first time. Prevents fraying really well. Found online or at the fabric store.
If you’ve never used Fusible Web before, be sure to see my Fusible Web Applique Tutorial from a Thanksgiving Shirt post I did.
It couldn’t be easier! Have fun!
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