DIY Lilo Costume for Halloween

DIY Lilo Costume
DIY Lilo Costume

How will you pick out the perfect costume for all the fun Halloween activities this month? Are you trick-or-treating or going to a fall festival? What about Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disney World or Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disneyland? Here’s Beth from Paper Angels Vlog to tell you all about how you too can make this simply adorable costume!

DIY Lilo Costume for Halloween

DIY Lilo Costume

If you are looking for an easy and cheap DIY costume, then this post is for you. This DIY Lilo costume costs under $10 and is super cute.

Supplies Needed

You will need a red shirt, two yards of flannel fabric, elastic, and a headband. Don’t forget to grab your scissors and glue gun too.

DIY Lilo Costume

Instructions

First, make the leaf templates. You will need two. One bigger template for the skirt and one small template for the headpiece, bracelets, and anklets. I made mine out of cardboard. You can get the exact measurements by using a ruler, but I just held it up to my little Lilo to make sure it was the length I needed.

DIY Lilo Costume

Next, fold your fabric in half. Trace your leaf template up against the folded side. This is so two leaves are attached. The exact amount you will need for the skirt depends on the size of the person the costume is intended for. I ended up with approximately 60 small leaf cutouts and 20 big cutouts. Then, start cutting. When you are finished your leaves should look like this. Measure how much elastic you will need for the waist, wrists, and ankles. I just hot glued my elastic, but you could sew them.

You will be tying your leaf cutouts around the elastic. The big leaves go around the waist elastic for the skirt. The small leaves are for the bracelets and anklets. Make sure you cover the entire area. You don’t want any of the white elastic showing. Save some small leaves for your headband too.

DIY Lilo Costume

Bonus Tips

Make the leaf templates bigger than you think you will need. It’s better to be too big than too small. If you run out of elastic, you could use ponytail holders. Make sure they aren’t too tight on the wrist though.

DIY Lilo Costume

The most time consuming part is the cutting. Try not to do the cutting all at once so it doesn’t seem so bad.Try it all on, add in your red shirt, and that’s it. You now have all the accessories you need for the perfect Lilo hula skirt costume. Grab Stitch and have fun trick-or-treating!

Thanks to our contributor, Beth from Paper Angels Vlog, for this awesome DIY post and photos!

DIY Glow Ears

diy glow ears

diy glow ears

DIY Glow Ears

Today I’ve got a simple and easy DIY for you! Although this one’s great for the Mickey’s Halloween parties, they’ll also be great for trick-or-treating in your own neighborhood. What makes this DIY glow Ears project so fantastic you ask? This diy is super easy and is great for anyone going to the parks year-round! Save big bucks on glowing Mickey ears and make these simple, re-useable glow ears instead!diy glow ears

Gather Supplies

•Headband
•Glow Stick Bracelets (2)
•Glow Stick Bracelet Connectors (2)
•Glue Gun
•Glow-in-the-dark Glue Sticks
•Tulip Glow-in-the-dark Paint

Assemble

Start by cutting the little bracelet connector piece in two and gluing the piece to the headband with the glow-in-the-dark glue sticks. There’s no exact science to this so don’t stress about the precise location of each one. This is supposed to be fun!diy glow earsStart with the top piece and once it has cooled, place the glow stick into that connector and curl it down to decide where the bottom connector piece should go. Mark the spot with a little dab of glue. Then proceed to glue that piece down. Pro tip: make a ring of glue around the entire headband so that the glue holding the connector piece won’t be pulled off once you place the glowstick. Repeat with both on the other side.diy glow ears

Make It Really Glow

By now, the headband has two ears that can be replaced with new glow sticks nightly. No need to make multiple headbands!! Just toss them nightly and get a fresh glow stick the next evening.diy glow earsWho wants to stop at just glow sticks though?! Starting at the base of the headband, run a line of glow glue around the edges of the headband. Repeat on the opposite side. This is also where you can use the hot end of your glue gun to help shape the already-cooled glue on the headband both around the connector pieces as well as under the headband (where the headband will sit against your head). Smooth it to your liking and you’re done! Or not…

Add Hidden Mickeys

If you’re a true Disney parks fan, you’ll want to add some hidden Mickeys too! Using the fine tip of a tulip glow-in-the-dark fabric paint bottle, squirt one larger and two smaller circles in the shape of Mickey on the top of the headband. For the next Mickey, turn it in the opposite direction and continue the pattern across the entire top portion of the headband.diy glow ears

Show It Off

Now that you’ve got some spiffy new diy glow ears, be sure to get out and show them off!! Mickey’s Halloween party at Disneyland and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween parties would be fantastic for this! Here’s all our spooky fun!Don't buy your Mickey Ears, make them! We've got a simple tutorial that shows you how. These DIY Glow Ears are so easy to make, and they're cute. Make yours before your next Disney vacation!

These fun and simple ears will also look amazing in any park areas that feature black lights (think dark rides and Pandora) since the glow glue reacts really well with black lights! Be sure to share a photo of your diy glow ears on one of our socials if you decide to make some!  ~Meredith °o°

DIY Fish Extender Magnets

DIY Fish Extender Magnets

DIY Fish Extender Magnets

Our next Disney cruise is 99 days away, and I’ve been super busy working on Fish Extender gifts. What’s a fish extender gift you ask? It’s an organized gift exchange on Disney cruises. You can read all about them here.

One of the cabin gifts I’ve been making for this cruise is Disney themed magnets. After working on these and finding out how super easy it was, I had to share it. This is such a versatile craft, and the options are truly limitless for what you can create. I worked with old Disney park maps, Disney cruise brochures (those turned out to be my favorite) and Disney scrapbook paper. You could also use pictures you’ve taken during Disney vacations, and make a truly unique keepsake.  Start to finish, these took me less than 30 minutes (not counting time for the glue to dry) and I made 20 magnets.

DIY Fish Extender Magnets are easy to make! This DIY project is simple and fun. It makes a great fish extender gift or gift for that Disney loving friend in your life. Check out how on our tutorial!

Supply List

  • 1 inch circle punch
  • Scrapbook paper, Disney park maps, brochures or stickers
  • Clear glass beads – you can find these in the floral section of most craft stores
  • Circle magnets
  • Modge podge
  • Craft glue
  • Foam brush

DIY Fish Extender Magnets

Instructions

Flip through your materials and pick out the images you want to turn into a magnet. Go through your papers, maps and brochures holding the glass stone over the images to see how they will look through the stone. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and step outside your comfort zone. If you mess up,  you can always try again! I found that some of my favorite finished magnets were images that placed by themselves are just part of an image, but when placed next to another magnet becomes part of a complete set.

DIY Fish Extender Magnets

Next, use your circle punch to cut out the image you want.

After punching out your image, put a coat of mod podge on the flat side of the glass stone.

Then, place your image face down on the mod podge. Wait 15 minutes or so for the glue to start to dry.

After the first layer of mod podge is almost dry, coat the back side of your image with another layer of mod podge. Allow it to dry completely. This will seal the back of the image and protect from water damage.

Upon ensuring the mod podge is 100% dry, then use the craft glue to add the magnet to the back of the stone. It should only take a few drops.

DIY Fish Extender Magnets

Let your project dry completely and enjoy your magnets!

DIY Fish Extender Magnets

I plan on packaging these up in sets of 4-5 magnets per cabin. These are easy enough that kids could help, or even manage to try some on their own.

DIY Fish Extender Magnets

I think they make a super cute, affordable and fun gift that will be a great reminder of our time at sea. Here are a few of our other Disney cruise inspired crafts if you want to check them out:

Disney Inspired Coasters

Disney Cruise Line Fan Graphic 

Happy crafting and cruising! ~Amy ºoº

Glitter Mickey Ornaments: A DIY Project

Hey howdy hey, it’s time for a DIY! A DIY featuring Glitter Mickey Ornaments, that is! Today we’ve teamed up with Beth and her kids over at Paper Angels Vlog to bring you this super fun and simple Christmas ornament craft. All you’ll need is some ornament bulbs, mop ‘n glo, extra fine glitter, and paint pens. And if you want to get fancy, you can add Mickey ears vinyl stickers and glitter blast them! This craft is great for kids and adults alike. Thanks for watching and be sure to subscribe to Paper Angels Vlog because I have a feeling we’ll be teaming up more in the future!

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If you’ve enjoyed this video, please let us know and be sure to include your own DIY Christmas ornaments! You can also find us on the following socials: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, & YouTube. ~Meredith ºoº

Disney Park Maps Video Tutorial

Remember that time I made a tutorial about how to make a Disney park maps ornament?! Well, our good friend Beth over at the PaperAngelsVlog has given us a little video about how they made their own version. I’ll let Beth explain better:

New #phototutorial up over in the blog! Check it out at www.mouseandmonorail.com/parkmapornament ~Meredith °o° #diy #handmade #howto #modpodge #glitter #disneyparks #disneyparkmap #ornament #handmadeornaments

Hi guys!

When I saw Meredith’s tutorial about the park maps ornament, I immediately added it to my to-do list and got the supplies. That was last year. Ha! We finally got around to making our own this year! We did our ears a little different. I wanted the sparkle of glitter without the mess so we used glitter paint. We painted the ears black and then added the glitter paint over it. The paint gave it a nice little shine.

Watch the video below to see how we did ours!

This was such a fun project. It looks amazing on the tree and reminds us of the special memories from the parks.

Thanks for watching and thanks to Meredith for the awesome tutorial!

And thank you Beth for that shout-out! You all did a fantastic job and they look amazing. If you want to see more of their Vlogmas 2016, be sure to find them on youtube here and subscribe!

Liked this post? You can find my original tutorial here and make your own! There’s also loads more Mouse and Monorail Christmas fun here, here, here,and here!

Want to pin it all instead? Find them here:

Park Map Ornaments Tutorial —–> here

“Sirenbucks” (Disney/Starbucks) Christmas Wreath Tutorial —–> here

Disney Store Ornaments —–> here

Top Five Last Minute Gifts —–> here

DIY Disney Parks Maps Ornament Photo Tutorial

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It’s Christmastime and I’m so excited to finally share this easy little mod podge diy. This one is perfect for making a keepsake from a recent or past trip with old park maps. As I’ve mentioned on the podcast recently, I love collecting the maps and using them for various projects. They work particularly well for decoupage because they’re slightly thin and absorb the mod podge really well.

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I made the above sans glitter version a few years ago (2012) when we got back from the parks and have always had this tutorial idea in the back of my mind. We’ll be making glitter ears today since my girls just HAD to use the glitter they received as a gift. So grab your old maps and let’s get started!

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What You’ll Need:

  • parks maps
  • paper maché ornament balls (I got mine from JoAnn)
  • mod podge (found the ones pictured for $1 at target!)
  • acrylic or foam paintbrush
  • cardboard or cardstock
  • scissors

Optional:

  • glitter (if you don’t want to use glitter, simply glue your ears down by the tabs and cover them with park map first before you cover the main part)
  • elmer’s glue
  • paintbrush for glue
  • glue gun
  • Cling wrap & baking tray (in case you’re crazy like me and let the kids help with the glitter part)

 

To start, trace circles on some card board or cardstock. I used a piece of cardboard that came in a photo shipping package and just used the mod podge bottle to trace the circles for the ears.

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Draw little square tabs on one side of the circle and cut them out. You’ll use the tab to glue the ear down to the ball.

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If you’re letting the kids help, place the cling wrap over a baking tray and keep the glitter over the cling wrap. This works two fold: the glitter sticks to the cling wrap AND when you’re done, you simply fold the edges in to keep all the extra glitter contained. Ball it up and toss it! 2015-12-08 18.55.592015-12-08 18.58.422015-12-08 19.01.10

Trim the map as needed to show parts that you’d like to have prominent. You can use one large piece of the Magic Kingdom map like I’ve done here, or cut smaller pieces of all the parks maps and piece them together around the ornament. Be creative and have fun with it!2015-12-08 19.05.492015-12-08 19.12.32

Once you get to the ear portions, cut along a line in front of the ear and a little section out so that you can wrap the pieces back and around the ear.

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*This project will naturally wrinkle and fold as you wrap the map around the ball. Be sure to get mod podge in between the fold layers too so that every layer will be properly glued down. 2015-12-08 20.04.532015-12-08 20.10.202015-12-08 20.22.48

 

And that’s it! Hope you’ve enjoyed out little photo tutorial. If so, let us know and help us share the love by sharing this post. Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned later this week for Friday’s podcast episode in which we discuss 2015’s two Pixar film releases: Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur! ~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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Coloring Book and Crayon Tutorial and Giveaway

A long time ago, in a sewing room far, far away…

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Hi everyone! I’ve been working hard on this blog post and am happy to finally be sharing it with you all. Now, I realize we have plenty of readers that can’t sew, and that’s quite alright!! I just happen to really enjoy it and am happy to share with all our crafty readers that can. But have no fear if you don’t happen to sew because I’ll be doing a random giveaway for this actual Star Wars organizer!! Simply like, share our fb link to this post, and comment “shared” on our fb link for a chance to win!! We’ll choose the winner using random.org and announce the winner in Friday’s news post. This fun little organizer would make a fun gift to give a child right before heading out to Walt Disney World and help keep them entertained during the long ride. You can customize the fabrics and coloring books to fit each child’s interests and doesn’t take much fabric or time. Now, let’s get started!

Note: This tutorial is really meant for your personal use. However, if you do decide to sell them, please give credit where credit is due and link back to this post on your seller’s page.

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Supplies needed:
•Fun coordinating fabrics. I bought 1/2yd of each and it was more than enough.
•Cardboard box
•Snaps, buttons, or hook and loop closure
•11″ of woven elastic
•Scissors and rotary cutter (not really needed but it is so much easier with it!)
•Mark-B-Gone fabric marker
•coupons for your store!!

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To start, cut your pocket pieces. The large pocket piece (for coloring books) should be 11″x14″ and the smaller pocket piece (for crayons) should be 11″x7.5″. Be mindful of how the fabric is oriented when you cut it because you’ll be folding the fabric in half so that only the bottom half of the pocket piece will actually show. Furthermore, some fabrics only work in one direction, like the text-based, yellow and black Star Wars fabric I’m using here.

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Once you get your pockets cut, you can cut your main body pieces. Again, think about what will be showing. You can move your large folded pocket piece around on top of the coordinating main body fabric to get an idea of what will be showing. Or you could, like me, just cut from the corner of your fabric. The main body pieces (2) should measure 11×13. You’ll also need to cut a strap piece(s). If you want a wide strap, you’ll cut two pieces measuring 3.25″x9.75″. If you prefer a narrow strap, you can just cut one and fold it in half when it comes time to sew it. For this project, I chose the wider because I wanted the strap to have the full Star Wars comic page showing instead of only half the text.

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Begin sewing by creating the pockets first. Fold each pocket piece in half and iron it for a crisp edge. You can top-stitch them along the top edge at this point for a clean, professional look, but you don’t have to. If you plan on using Velcro closure, then you’ll need to attach your Velcro piece in the center of the folded pocket facing outward at this time as well. If you plan to use snaps like I did, simply skip this step.

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Place the crayon pocket on top of the coloring book pocket and pin around. Then sew around the edges with a 3/8″ seam going from just above the small pocket down and across the bottom, then back up the other side to the top of the small pocket.

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Next, create your crayon pockets by marking with your washable fabric marker lines approximately 2″ apart. Honestly, I didn’t measure, I just eye-balled it. You can make your pockets larger or smaller depending on your preference. Mine are around 2″ and will hold about 3 crayons or 2 large markers. Sew along your marked lines and trim your thread ends.

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Once you have your crayon pockets made, place your pockets on top of your main body piece and sew around from the top of the large pocket down, across, and back up to the top of the large pocket.

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Now it’s time to sew on your back piece. Up until this point, you’ve been working with the right sides showing, but this time you’ll place the right sides facing each other and the fabric backs out. Pin around the entire piece and again sew from the top of the right edge down, across, and back up the other side with a 1/2″ seam to ensure that your other seams don’t show when you turn it.

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At this point, I also use a stitch to secure the edges much like a serger would, only I don’t have a serger. Instead, I use stitch #15 on my machine. If you don’t have one exactly like this one, a regular zig-zag stitch will work too.

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Turn your piece right sides out and iron your whole piece so that the outer seams are nice and flat. Now, you’ll fold the top opening down and in and iron that as well.

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Measure your full piece from side to side and top to bottom (be sure to measure once you’ve folded that top edge down!) so that you can cut a piece of cardboard to go inside for support. Leave about a 1/2″ at the top because you still have to sew along that edge and you won’t want to sew into the cardboard. Cut out your cardboard and slide it into your piece. You could also use heavy interfacing by sewing it onto the back piece before turning, but it’s expensive and I didn’t have any on-hand. Cardboard works just as good and it so much cheaper!

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Now it’s time to make the strap. Depending on which width you chose, either fold and pin or just pin the two pieces together (wrong sides out!) and sew around the edges. If you’ll be using hook and loop closures, you’ll want to sew the corresponding piece to what will become the backside of the strap before you sew the two strap pieces together.

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Turn your strap and run a top-stitch around the seam edges after you iron it flat. Lay your strap on your organizer piece and decide how long you want the strap to come down. I chose a little longer because I wanted the Star Wars text in the fabric to show, but you can decide for yourself how long or short. Fold your strap back and down at the top where the edge of the organizer piece is and iron it down, then slide the extra (the folded top portion of the strap) inside and behind the piece of cardboard.

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Center your strap and run a top-stitch across the top closing the organizer up and securing the strap to the organizer.

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You’re almost done!! Now, we’ll attach snaps. I’ve used babyville snaps which can be purchased from Hobby Lobby or Joann Fabrics. The kit itself was $20 but I used a $50% coupon and got it for $10! And it’s so worth it because I’ve used these snaps on so many projects. If you don’t want to do snaps, you can always use buttons or hook and loop closures. Just be sure to sew them on at the appropriate times before assembling the whole piece!

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To begin attaching the snaps, you’ll want to decide where they should go (again, I just eye-balled it) and poke the awl through both the strap and large pocket pieces so that your snaps will line up correctly. Place the snap back facing out on the strap and inside on the pocket so that the snappy parts face each other. Attach using the special pliers.

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Now, fold your elastic ends over and run a few stitches back and forth to give the ends a finished look and prevent fraying. I like to attach the female part of the snap to the elastic.

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Measure about 2″ out from a small strap or 1″ out from a wide strap (depending on which you chose) and poke holes for your top elastic strap pieces.

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Attach the coordinating snap closure ensuring that the back of the snap faces outward and the actual snappy part faces the back.

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I’ve used snaps and elastic because it will make installation on most vehicles quite easy. Just raise your headrest a bit, pull the elastic around the headrest bars, and snap closed. And that’s it, you’re done!! Add a fun coloring book and crayons, and this will be sure to make a kiddo’s car ride much more fun and keep your car much cleaner.

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Well, that’s it! Be sure to like, share, and comment on our fb link for your chance to win this actual Star Wars organizer!! I’ll be including the Avengers coloring book with the giveaway! (I won’t be including the crayons because I’ll be shipping from Alabama, and I wouldn’t want your fun new organizer to arrive with melty crayons).  You’ll have until 9 a.m. on Friday. Like I mentioned earlier, I’ll announce the winner in Friday’s news post. Thanks for reading and please come back tomorrow for an important Walt Disney World Public Service Announcement from your friends at the Mouse and the Monorail! ~M °o°

Wasabi’s Candy Sushi

sushiIMG_7783I’m back again! I hope you enjoyed my first post all about her party. Today, I thought I’d take this time to discuss how we did the candy sushi activity. As you can see in the above photo, we made two types: nigiri and fruit roll up rolls. The original pin only included the rolls, but we thought that the nigiri style would be easier for the ages of the kids that were attending. If you’d like more info on how to make the rolls, be sure to check out the original pin. I’d recommend you have a helper because the rice krispy treats have to be still warm when making the rolls and it’s difficult to roll it out once your hands are messy. And there’s pretty much no way to avoid getting your hands in it because if you try spreading with a spoon or spatula, you’ll end up tearing your fruit roll up. So, have one person open and stretch the fruit roll up, the other gently spread the rice krispy treat, and then the first person place marshmallows and gently roll it all together.sushiIMG_7764 The nigiri style was easy because we just made little elongated balls of krispy treats and saved them til party day. We purchased fruit by the foot instead of cutting the fruit roll ups because we tried one and it was terribly sticky and difficult. With the fruit by the foot, all the kids had to do was unroll and wrap it around the swedish fish and eat! We also purchased some chopsticks so the kids could “use” (let’s be honest, just to play) with them. The kids had fun playing and assembling their sushi and it was a fun activity to start off the party. sushiIMG_7766 sushiIMG_7768 sushiIMG_7771 sushiIMG_7772 sushiIMG_7774 sushiIMG_7776 sushiIMG_7778 sushiIMG_7779 Even if you’re not planning a birthday party, this activity is fun for any time! ~M ºoºIMG_7785Dance2015

Frozen Nails

Hey howdy hey, it’s finally Friday again! And today I’m going to cover something that I’ve wanted to post about for quite a while. To start, me and my girls were very excited for the release of Frozen. And because I like to theme our nails, Frozen definitely had to be on our list of fun nail designs! I did a first draft, and thought on it and came back for a second try.

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I decided to upload the photo from my phone to pinterest and wouldn’t you know, nothing really happened. That is, until the movie was actually released. Once the movie was out this lowly little pin I posted from my iphone started getting lots of repins. I really couldn’t believe how many in fact! As of now it’s at 170! And sure that may not seem like a lot, but for a photo I uploaded of my own, that’s a significant number. Well, with that many repins, I knew I had to get a hand model stat to paint and photograph how I did it. Hope this helps you all and please post and tag us if you try these yourself! We’d love to see them! ^_^

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You’ll need: Dark blue, teal, light purple, purple sparkles, and shimmery light blue polishes. Give each finger a base coat protectant and then a coat of each color as indicated. Be sure to use the light purple first on your pinky fingers so that it only takes one or two light coats with the sparkles. And because it got cropped out, the left hand thumb is teal 😉 Add glitter and tips then stripe or paint on the flower details. It doesn’t have to be perfect here! Just go for it!! This one really isn’t that hard and you’ll be surprised how easy it is!

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Then add dots and a basic snowflake pattern for your thumbs, or be creative and add Olaf or Elsa on the other! Finish off your pattern with a little Mickey ears detail and gloss them up with a shiny top coat. Not so hard and super cute!

If you liked this tutorial and would like to see more designs featured, please comment with what designs you’d like me to post. I aim to please. 🙂 And special thanks to Amy for being my lovely hand model.

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Now to change subjects just a bit. I’d like to begin by saying we’re so thankful to have the support and love that you’ve shared with us on this little blog adventure. One of our main goals is to help Moms make Disney memories, regardless of what type of memory it is. We want you to share things with not just us, but other Moms who might benefit from the memories you’ve made. We realize that you may not always want to share all of that information with EVERYONE on the web, so we’re opening up a private Moms’ group on fb where we call all share our Disney ideas, memories, and questions freely without having everyone we’re friends with read it. Please let us know if you’d like to be a part of this open and interactive group. We’d love to add you! Simply PM us from our fb page or comment “please add me” below. We hope this new group will help open you up to the idea of listening to others’ stories in hopes that we might benefits from theirs as well as sharing our own cherished Disney memories. Thanks for following along. We really can’t say that enough! ~M °o°