Where To Find the Perfect Disney T-Shirt

Ways to Score the Perfect Disney T-Shirt

Let’s be honest here, no Disney vacation is complete without some sort of Disney-inspired fashion. Whether you’re subtly rocking your inner geek with light saber earrings or boldly proclaiming you’re one of 57 other family members on a reunion vacation, the chances are pretty likely you’re going to give your travel attire that special Disney flair. And what better way for us to share all this Disney t-shirt acquisition knowledge, than by giving you a list of our favorites?! Before you get going with this post, be sure you’re read the first part of this post over here. Well, go on. I’ll wait.

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Now that you’ve read the 4 ways to find cute Disney shirts, let’s get on with the update! I’m going to start by adding to what we mentioned in that first blog post.

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Shops Sarah mentioned above:

A few more worthy of noting are:

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Wait, don’t go running and screaming just yet! There are LOTS of way to make a super cute Disney t-shirt and most of them can save you some money. Saving money is great if you’re planning a trip to any Disney destination! The wonderful thing about making shirts for yourself and your family/friends is that it’s so customizable. Everyone can have their favorite characters and colors, and Uncle Jerry can have his moisture-wicking active wear too! Seriously though, making shirts on your own is a great way to really show off your Disney favorites.

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Don’t just limit yourself to favorite characters either! Maybe your kiddo loves Space Mountain? Why not make a super fun Space Mountain shirt?! Another great thing about DIY Disney shirts, is that there are so many different ways to make them.

The Pirates League Disney T-shirt at Magic Kingdom

Here are a few of my favorite ways to make Disney shirts and all of these techniques can be easily searched on pinterest with countless results:

  • Silhouette Cameo (or Cricut if that’s your jam!) and siser easyweed and glitter htv
  • Screen Printing
  • Freezer Paper
  • Tie-Dye
  • Fabric Paints/Markers
  • Bleach/Bleach PensTie Dye Disney T-shirts

Be sure to check out our pinterest boards for more fun DIY ideas. Check back with us here for another fabulous DIY shirt tutorial soon!

4 Ways to Find Cute Disney Shirts

Hey howdy hey everyone! I’m here to share all about those cute Disney shirts you always see people wearing while at Disney. I’m also here to share some exciting news: We’re having another giveaway!

 

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Hold up though, let’s backtrack for a moment. Last week I had the pleasure of heading back down to Walt Disney World and enjoying a couple nights with my best friend. And while we didn’t actually visit the parks (heaven forbid! haha) we had a great time exploring the resort areas and dining experiences. Our main park day was spent at the Universal parks (yeah, I said it) while our resort stay was at WDW. Simplify the combo of our resort stay and our parks experience into terms like “mouse” and “patronus” and combine it with our excitement of planning a super last-minute trip and what do you get? My DIY heat-transfer “My Patronus is a Mouse” design of course! And while there are lots of great places online to choose from, I knew that because we were so last-minute I’d have to make ours instead of ordering online.

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To start, be sure you’re following Sarah, Amy, and I over on our instagram account! I posted the below photo last week while we were there and it got some good love both from instagram as well as people actually at the parks and the entire Disney resort. But, that story will have to wait til the podcast, (yeah, I’m gonna plug it too) next week! So if you love Disney AND Harry Potter, that is the episode for you!

The moment we decided we’d be heading down, we hit pinterest to get some ideas for planning our shirts. Since it would be just us two adults, we wanted something fun that combined the two well. We found and pinned lots of things but they were mostly one or the other (the mouse or the wizard) and I only found one that really had both. And while it’s super cute and I’ll always sigh after seeing the word always when referenced with Harry Potter imagery, but for us the phrase needed to match both the mouse and the wizard.

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I liked the idea of the deathly hallows symbol with the mouse ears like above, but just couldn’t find anything that worked with it. Or made sense with it. So then I started searching Harry Potter quotes and phrases and it hit me after seeing someone else’s design with “My Patronus is a flamingo.” My Patronus is a Mouse!! It’s perfect and with a little help from Sarah and Amy on design details (mostly what to edit out, I may post my edit on Instagram.) it was done and ready to be cut with my silhouette cameo machine.

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The black glitter design looked great on both our grey and coral colored shirts and would look equally great on most any shirt color. If you’re like a few of my friends who just had to have one, well then you’re in luck because here it is: the big giveaway! Since I’ll be cutting the decals myself, I’m going to give the winners (yep, gonna give THREE away!) a choice of car decal, iron-on decal, or nail decals! Yes, you read that right! I also made nail decals and while they don’t feature the patronus phrase, they’re still super cute!

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If you’d like a chance to win, then be sure you’re following us on instagram and are a part of our private fb group. If you’d like to be added, just search mouse and monorail on fb and click join. I’ll be posting instructions on both instagram and in our fb group so as long as you’re following and have joined the group, you’re ready to play for your chance to win! The first game will be on instagram tomorrow, Friday 11 March to give you all time to join our fb group. The fb games will begin on Monday of this next week. And if participation goes well, I may even give more away leading up to the Harry Potter podcast episode!

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Okay, so what if you’re not into the whole Harry Potter thing and want to go full-on Disney for those super cute matching Disney shirts? Fear not because there are lots of great places to look!! Here’s 4 ways you can score those super cute Disney shirts:

1.The most obvious here is the Disney store online and the shop Disney parks app both have a good selection of apparel that will keep your Disney look sharp and fresh as they have a good bit of the latest trending looks. With this option you can snag fun shirts that are specific to the parks, however you won’t be able to get them all matching for your family since some styles are only available in certain sizes.

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2. There’s other websites to order from too! Don’t forget places like Redbubble and Zazzle!! Redbubble features plenty of fun Disney looks from dinglehoppers to snarfblats, there’s a little bit of everything! Amy got her little mermaid inspired shirts from Redbubble and Sarah found her super cute Starbucks and Disney tee at happily ever tees.

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And don’t miss out on our own exclusive merchandise over on Zazzle!! You can find our shop here.

3.Buy from a local Mom who makes custom stuff!! You can get exactly what you want when you order from someone local and it’s a great way to support local businesses. We have several friends that make custom shirts and while I’m definitely going to give them a shoutout, you can always ask around in your own community to see who might make custom Disney shirts as well.

Sarah’s instagram friend @HadleyKateDesigns made these adorable cruise shirts and I’m sure they looked fantastic aboard the Magic.

My friend Jennifer makes some super cute monogrammed stuff over at her shop The Peppermint Pig. (And isn’t her logo just the cutest?! Not like I designed it or anything.. 😉 )

 

And my friend Kim at Stitches etc by Kim can work with you to create just about any look you’d like!

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4. DIY. Seriously! You don’t have to be super crafty to come up with some fun shirts! To start, check out my post with easy instructions on how to create your own tie-dye Mickey ears. This project is great for kids (if you do the setup work) and my kids LOVE that they actually added the color to their own shirts!

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Because I have a silhouette cutting machine, I was able to make our mouse patronus shirts pretty easily, but if you don’t have one there’s a way to create a stencil using freezer paper! No really!! Go search Pinterest for freezer paper stencil. You can do lots with it! I had a blast making these best friends shirts for my kids and their bff’s. You can also join groups on fb like “Disney silhouette crafters” to find project ideas, exchange tips, and even download shared files! Have fun with it and search for easy DIY projects for ideas to jumpstart your project. Most of all, believe in yourself and just go for it!!

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With several options to choose from, whether you make them yourself or purchase them online, you’ll be decked out in no time for your next Disney vacation!

Be sure to share your Disney shirts with us either over on our Facebook page or tag us on Twitter and Instagram! We’d love to see your Disney look! And be looking for my first giveaway game on instagram tomorrow!! ~Meredith °o°

The Force Is Strong On This Ship

Hi everyone! Did you know that Disney’s Cruise Line is featuring a day aboard the Disney Fantasy themed to Star Wars?! It’s true! This is not new news as they first announced these sailings back in February. For select sailings, this epic day will include things like a deck party celebration, character meet n greets, themed activities for younglings, specially-themed food and beverage offerings, and exclusive merchandise!

The sail dates for the rest of 2015 and early 2016 are as follows:

 

  • January 9
  • January 23
  • February 6
  • February 20
  • March 5
  • March 19
  • April 2
  • April 16

The new news is that the Disney Cruise Line Blog just released that the merchandise specific for these sailings will now be available for pre-purchase. Cruisers who have booked the Star Wars themed sail dates will be able to participate in this pre-purchase opportunity. The dates shown below show the sail date and the order by date:

 

 

Some of these items are so cool! Check out Disney’s Cruise Ling blog post to view them all and if you’re set to sail on one of these special dates, you can view the actual purchase page here. From Dooney and Burke to commemorative coins to collectible trading pins to apparel, there’s a little bit of everything!

 

You can even find a pdf catalog for all of the items here. So, what’ll you be purchasing for your next Star Wars-themed cruise? ~Meredith ºoº

 

 

DIY Guide to Tie Dye Mickey Ears Shirts

DIY Guide to Tie Dye Mickey Ears Shirts

Welcome back everyone! Today I’m back to tell you all about how I made these cool tie dye Mickey ears! Many people love to wear tie-dyed Mickey ears shirts for their Disney vacations and making them yourself can help save you some money AND be a super fun project for the whole family. That said however, the kiddos won’t be able to do EVERY step, so I’ll let you know which steps are great for the kids and which ones would be best left to the adults. 2015-08-04 23.33.56 copyI’d also suggest reading through this tutorial completely before deciding to take on this project. It’s so much fun, but could become frustrating if you haven’t read and prepared. And what’s the point if you don’t have fun?

Getting Started

There are several great tutorials on how to do these that I found on pinterest. Each of the pins I found had great info, but as always, I just read it and then go for it on my own. This allows me to include info that I might deem useful that I couldn’t find elsewhere.

2015-07-26 16.03.23copyI’d like to add that several of the diy posts about this method included photos that weren’t their own. All of the photos featured on this blog post are my own photos I shot while making this tutorial, with the exception of the last one by my very good friend Beth over at Paper Angels Photography. We had a blast doing this together with her and her family and I LOVED her photo! Now, let’s get to it!

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Supplies Needed

•t-shirts (or anything white you’d like to tie-dye)

•dyes in your favorite colors (Tulip and dharma dyes are recommended. DO NOT use RIT!)

mark-b-gone sewing marker (you could use a pencil too but it’s harder to write on and see than the marker)

•Mickey ears template (I used a Mickey ears egg maker and a Mickey ears cookie cutter for different size Mickeys, but you could always print out a Mickey template)

•rubber bands

•dental floss (just trust me on this)

•sewing needle

•baking/cooling rack

•paper towels

•cling wrap (like saran wrap)

color catchers (found near the dryer sheets in the laundry aisle)

washing soda (also found on the detergents aisle)

•gloves

•old clothes or an apron

 

Step 1

2015-07-20 01.48.14Decide where you want your Mickey to go on the shirt. For my girls, I liked the Mickey lower on one side of the front only. Be creative and have fun with this. Just remember to not place it too low in case someone wants to tuck the shirt in. (Yes, Belle tried to tuck it into her skirt and it completely hid the Mickey! haha) Let the kiddos help you outline with the marker, because what kid wouldn’t want to draw on a brand new shirt with a MARKER?! 😀

Step 2

2015-07-20 01.53.10Sew your Mickey head. Take a deep breath, let the kids go play, and relax!! This is the easiest sewing you’ll ever do! Using the dental floss as thread, simply go up and down around the outline of the Mickey. This is also the time to decide if you want to have the Mickey show on both sides, or just one. If you’d like it to show on both sides, then you’ll sew through both layers of the shirt. If you only want the Mickey to show on one side, then only sew that one layer. We chose to do one-sided. You don’t really have to make your stitches little or the same size, they just need to stay on the outline you drew.

Step 3

2015-07-25 23.28.46Tighten and tie off. Once you’ve gotten the entire outline sewn, then take the ends and pull tight. Tie the ends as tight as possible (without breaking the floss) and trim the excess.

Step 4

2015-07-25 23.29.34Section off with rubber bands. Place a rubber band around the marker outline. This step is so much easier when using the mark-b-gone marker because it can be terribly difficult to see the pencil line once it’s tied off. You’ll want to place the rubber band directly over the outline leaving the highest part of the rubber band right at your mark line. Be sure you don’t let your rubber band go above the line.

Step 5

2015-07-25 23.29.59Rubber band the rest of the fabric. This part is where you can get creative. Most of the tutorials I’ve seen feature the spiral effect where they take the Mickey and twist the shirt until it looks like a cheese danish shape. I’m not a huge fan of this because it’s difficult to see the spiral effect. With it banded this way, you’ll simply hold the shirt by the Mickey and pull down and place rubber bands down the length of the entire shirt. It ends up looking like a snake and when opened up, it will have the same type of colored rings as the spiral does and it’s much easier to dye. I’d also say that this is definitely the way you should go if you plan to have the kiddos help! I sewed and banded the Mickeys and then let the kids help me with the rubber bands. It’s also good to note here that if you’re doing a lot of people’s shirts and they’ve requested different colors, you can attach a small colored ribbon to one of the rubber bands and note which person is which color so that when you get to the dying process you’ll know for sure whose shirt you’re working with. Just be sure to take the tag off once you start dying it.

Step 6

2015-07-25 23.30.18Soak all your shirts in soda ash. This step is easy! Decide about how much water it would take to have all your shirts soak and mix your water and soda ash accordingly. Be sure to use gloves for this part as the soda ash can be a skin irritant and let the kids sit this one out. Washing soda is not pure sodium carbonate (soda ash) so you will need to use 1/3rd more because it is 33% less pure than Soda Ash. Use 1 & 1/3 cups per gallon of water. Soak for 20 minutes or more. I prefer buying the washing soda and using the 1/3 more because I can buy a large box of arm and hammer washing soda for around $2 and get several dye sessions out of it whereas the soda ash available where the tie dyes are in the store can be up to $5.99 for ONE dye session! So, even if you plan to only dye once, it’s still cheaper to get the washing soda. Here’s a great resource if you’d like to know a little more about the soda ash process. Wring out the soda ash as much as you can. You can even toss them all in the washing machine and spin the excess water out. Just be sure to not run a rinse or wash cycle!! If you end up rinsing or washing, you’ll need to re-soak in the soda ash again.

Step 7

2015-07-25 23.30.45Decide your colors and mix your dyes. Your shirts are now soaking, so now’s a good time to mix your dyes and prepare your workstation. I purchased the tulip dyes in the packs and it takes about 1 & 1/2 tsp of dye to 4 oz of water. You can also purchase the tie dye packs that come with the squirt bottles, dye, rubber bands, and gloves. Now, set up your workstation. I used a cloth-covered card table with a plastic tablecloth from the dollar store so the kids could reach the table better. You can also use your kitchen countertop or if you’re working alone, simply sit your baking rack across and over your sink. If you’re setting up on a table, place a few paper towels under each baking rack to soak up the excess dye.

Step 8

2015-07-20 02.09.14Apply the dyes! It’s time to bring the kiddos back for the fun part!! Start by showing them how to use the squirt bottles. It’s better to place the tip of the nozzle onto the fabric and let the dye soak in rather than squirting onto the fabric. It helps keep the dyes contained to separate sections so you won’t have random dots of color that may or may not have mixed well. Believe me, it’s no fun to open your finished piece out to find that the random squirt of blue onto your orange section yielded one very odd mark of brown. If you only purchased a few colors, you can always mix them to make more colors. If you’re not sure what colors mix to make other colors, just give it a little try on the paper towel before you go for it on your shirt.

Consult the Color Wheel

I like to start by selecting what color I want the actual Mickey to be and then pick a coordinating color. If you’d like a reference, you can consult a color wheel. My Belle chose pink and green because they are across from each other on the color wheel making them complimentary colors. Also because she really likes pink and green. 🙂 Here’s some more info on the actual process.

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First, carefully dye the Mickey section, then alternate your colors down the sections of the shirt. As you dye each section be sure to wipe your (or your kid’s) gloved hands with a paper towel to remove any dye before touching another section. If you explain this to the kids before you let them begin dying, it’s much easier to keep them clean. I let the kids do ALL of the dying for these shirts and they did a great job!

Step 9

2015-07-20 02.11.33Wrap them up in sections with cling wrap. Once you’re done with a shirt, use cling wrap to first wrap the Mickey head so that it won’t touch any other part of the shirt, and then continue to wrap the remainder of the shirt.

Step 10

2015-07-20 02.13.06Place in bags and wait. I usually place them in ziploc bags too, but it’s not necessary if you’re not going to be moving them around. Now, you can relax and let them batch for however long you wish. You can go overnight or just a few hours. The longer they batch, the darker the colors will be. I let ours batch for only 4 hours because I wouldn’t be home the next morning to finish the process and they were plenty bright and saturated enough for me.

Step 11

2015-07-20 02.15.42Rinse by sections and remove rubber bands. Carefully remove the cling wrap and rinse each section before you remove the rubber bands. Try to remove as much dye as possible and the water runs clear using cold water.

Step 12

2015-07-20 02.17.26Snip dental floss and remove. Once the bands are off, you can pull apart the fabric and snip the floss. Just be careful not to cut your shirt! And be sure to call your kids back for the big reveal! That’s the best part!!

Step 13

2015-07-20 02.19.04Wash your shirts in the washing machine on hot with detergent and a color catcher. The color catcher will soak up any dye and keeps one shirt’s dye from ruining another shirt. You may want to wash them several times before getting them wet (like on a water ride etc), as they may run just a bit if you don’t.

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Additionally, after I shot all the photos and uploaded them, I began to write out the instructions to this post and stumbled across a method (I was searching for soda ash reference links) where you can use a bleach pen to essentially “erase” the dye around the Mickey shape if it doesn’t end up exactly the way you want it. I haven’t tried this method myself but seems like a great way to fix any problem areas. However, I didn’t have a need for this and if you rubber band your Mickey tight enough, you shouldn’t either. 🙂

That’s it!! Enjoy your awesome new tie-dye Mickey shirts. You can now proudly stroll through Main Street sporting your very own DIY Mickey tie dye shirt!

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If you liked this tutorial, please help us share the info with everyone else! You can like and share on fb as well as tweet it out and pin it to your pinterest board. Thanks and can’t wait to share another tutorial soon! What type of Disney craft should I do next? ~Meredith ºoº

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