Halloween DIY Disney Mickey Pumpkin Appliqued Tee

Halloween DIY Disney Mickey Pumpkin Appliqued Tee

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Yellow Loop. Today we are sharing Halloween craft ideas.

Do you love having custom boutique clothing for you and your kids when you visit the Disney Parks? Me too! I’ve been creating and selling appliqued tees for years in my Etsy shop, The Painted Butterfly Studio. However, I know not everyone has the time or inclination to perfect satin stitching or proper technique for seamless applique. I came up with a technique for applique that anyone with a sewing machine can accomplish!

Halloween DIY Disney Mickey Pumpkin Appliqued Tee

Supplies needed:

Halloween DIY Disney Mickey Pumpkin Appliqued Tee

1. Take your coloring page or design and flip the page over. Outline the bold details with a Sharpie marker. This is the side that you will trace on.

Halloween DIY Disney Mickey Pumpkin Appliqued Tee

2. Place a piece of fusible bond (bumpy side down) onto your design and trace out each individual shape using a Sharpie marker (ball point pens or pencils will smudge or smear off onto your iron, so a Sharpie is best).

Halloween DIY Disney Mickey Pumpkin Appliqued Tee

You’ll have a piece for the pumpkin, the stem, the leaf and the individual pieces of the jack-o’ lantern face.

Halloween DIY Disney Mickey Pumpkin Appliqued Tee

3. Cut around each piece of fusible bond but NOT on the Sharpie line (see image above on left). Iron them (bumpy side down) onto the appropriate color of fabric.

  • One orange pumpkin shape
  • One lime green leaf
  • One brown stem
  • One black jack-o’ lantern smile, one nose and two eyes.

4. Cut out each piece on the Sharpie line.

Halloween DIY Disney Mickey Pumpkin Appliqued Tee

5. Lay your shirt down and iron out any wrinkles in the design area. Starting with the orange pumpkin and brown pumpkin stem,  peel off the fusible bond backings and place down onto the tee. Tuck the brown stem slightly underneath the orange pumpkin. Make sure the design is centered and straight. Do not iron yet!!

Lay your coloring page down (the original side, not the one that you traced) on top of your design to make sure the pieces line up before pressing with the iron. I flip the page back and forth quickly so I can compare the design and make sure I have pieces in the correct position. Use a smooth pressure to apply the pieces to your tee shirt with the iron on a “cotton” setting.

Halloween DIY Disney Mickey Pumpkin Appliqued Tee

6. Moving on to the leaf, use the same technique, comparing the coloring page to the fabric design before ironing in place.

7. Repeat with jack-o’ lantern pieces, matching the correct position by comparing to the coloring page before ironing in place.

8. Once you have all your pieces securely ironed on, cut a piece of stabilizer slightly larger than the size of your design.

Carefully turn your shirt inside out and follow the package instructions to secure to the inside of the shirt (some stabilizers must be pinned on; I use one that can be ironed on and easily removed).

Turn the shirt right side out. Do not skip this step of using stabilizer! Stabilizer holds the design straight while you sew to avoid warping, puckering or rippling.

Halloween DIY Disney Mickey Pumpkin Appliqued Tee

9. Thread your sewing machine bobbin with the same color of thread as your t-shirt. You will start by sewing the pieces on top, the black jack-o’lantern face. When appliqueing, always sew the smaller pieces on top first to avoid puckering. Thread the machine with black thread and set the machine for a tight straight stitch.

Halloween DIY Disney Mickey Pumpkin Appliqued Tee

10. Carefully sew each jack-o’ lantern piece close to the outside edge. Change thread colors and complete by sewing the green leaf and brown stem.

Halloween DIY Disney Mickey Pumpkin Appliqued Tee

11. Taking your disappearing ink pen and comparing to your original coloring page, draw any detail lines for the pumpkin directly onto your fabric design.

Halloween DIY Disney Mickey Pumpkin Appliqued Tee

12. Using orange thread, sew around the outside of the pumpkin first, then sew up and down the design to add the details. Make sure to back stitch before and at the end of each strand to secure stitches.

Halloween DIY Disney Mickey Pumpkin Appliqued Tee

13. When all sewing is complete, spritz the design lightly with water to remove the disappearing ink lines. You may have to repeat this process several times. Do not iron until the ink lines are gone to avoid setting them permanently.

14. Turn shirt inside out and remove all pieces of stabilizer. Turn shirt right side out.

Halloween DIY Disney Mickey Pumpkin Appliqued Tee

14. When disappearing ink lines are gone, press the design with iron to sink and tighten the stitches. Your shirt is ready to wear!

Straight stitch applique advice:

It is important to stick with cotton or knit fabrics only when straight stitch appliqueing. Because the edges of the applique pieces are not covered, there is a chance that the edges of your cotton fabric may fray or curl slightly after a wash and dry. As long as you’ve properly stitched the pieces securely, slight fraying or curling should be fine and create a fun look to your design.

Halloween DIY Disney Mickey Pumpkin Appliqued Tee

Pumpkin shirt with satin stitch applique

Taking applique to the next level:

Once your practiced straight stitch applique, try using a satin stitch (aka: a very close together zig-zag) around the edges of your applique pieces to secure them. This will create a more smooth and polished look. You’ll be able to add more detail and the look will last a long time. Cover the stitches inside (because they will be thicker and potentially more itchy to the wearer) with a soft fusible Poly-mesh backing.

Prefer to buy? I’ve got you covered because this design (with name personalization) and others are sold in my Etsy shop 🙂

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10 Giveaways!! #DisneySide Party Announcement

Tomorrow is my #DisneySide @HomeCelebration and I CAN’T WAIT!! Wish you could all be there, so I’ve been planning some fun for my readers too  – I’ve been a very busy girl, working with some of my favorite vendors and Etsy shops: I have lined up 10 weeks of fantastic giveaways that will help YOU show your Disney Side!

I started the giveaway kickoff earlier this week with this Baymax Big Hero beanie from Whosits & Whatsits. Make sure to visit the GIVEAWAY POST to win!

Sign up to receive my newsletter so you’ll know when each of the giveaways is listed…they’ll be coming once a week for a total of ten weeks!

I’d like to highlight the items and the vendors that have so generously donated these prizes. Take a moment to stop by their Etsy shops or websites, like them on Facebook or follow them on Instagram or Twitter. Each one of them has been a joy to work with and I thank them for offering these amazing items for my readers –

Vintage Stamp Jewels

Aren’t these so elegant? They are absolutely stunning pieces! Monica of Vintage Stamp Jewels will be giving away one Disney-inspired piece to one of my readers. This beautiful bangle is a new design and features a Mickey alongside a dangling bead and a charm handstamped with a date of your choosing. I adore this sterling silver Mickey Mouse necklace, so simple and chic.

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Yesely’s Creations

The work that has gone into these amazing Frozen-inspired Minnie Mouse ears is incredible! They sparkle and shine like nothing else and get this…the snowflake in the middle has a light that changes color! Yesely of Yesely’s Creations will be offering my readers one pair of Minnie ears from her Etsy shop.

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Vivid Editions

One of my favorite ways to start a Disneyland day is to admire the vintage-looking attraction posters at the Park entrance. I was delighted to find replicas of these posters sold by Vivid Editions. These prints are beautifully full colored and lovingly shipped. Vivid Editions is generously offering my readers their choice of any poster in any size to put a little DisneySide on your walls!

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To Infinity

I fell in love with the design of these adjustable leather bracelets when I was shopping for something that my middle-school aged son would like. And the sayings that Katy of To Infinity has hand stamped on them…inspiring! Katy has sent me this UP inspired bracelet, “Adventure is out there”. Indeed it is…wouldn’t you like to win one?


Dragonfly Curls

A stamp is an amazingly versatile crafting tool and these stamps from Dragonfly Curls are so unique…like mini-artworks of their own! Audra hand carves each stamp, then quality tests them before shipping. My readers will have the chance to win one stamp of their choice from Dragonfly Curl’s Etsy shop. I’ll also be posting a crafting post about the stamps that Audra sent me to use for my party.

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Whosits & Whatsits

You’ve already seen the GIVEAWAY that is currently running to win a Baymax Big Hero Beanie from Tiffany of Whosits & Whatsits. Upcoming will be your chance to win both of these whimsical rings, Lost Boys and Princess. Aren’t they cute! Check out her shop, she has tons of awesome pieces that are perfect when you want to DisneyBound.

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Sugar Lane Shoppe

Aimee of Sugar Lane Shoppe has the sweetest collection of Disney-inspired necklaces for all-ages. This bottlecap necklace which boldly states that “You’re Never too Old for Disney” is the testament! I love the little details like the beaded dangle and the Mickey key. Thanks for Aimee for offering a this piece to my readers, this giveaway is for young and old alike!

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Emma Saxton Studios

Heidi of Emma Saxton has been a longtime friend, starting back many years ago when we collaborated on boutique designs. I made the outfits, Heidi made the bows and it’s been a lovely partnership. We even share the same birthday! So whenever I need bows, I go to Heidi because she is the best! Heidi has given me an incredibly detailed bow, inspired by Disneyland…just wait until you see it, it’s amazing! The bow below is one that Heidi sent for my party guests and that my daughter latched onto immediately!

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Painted Butterfly Studio

Finally, I’m featuring my own shop and a giveaway of an item crafted from my own hands! I have been selling children’s boutique on Ebay and Etsy for the last 9 years, with these appliqued Disney-themed personalized tees being my best sellers. One of my readers will have their choice: Choose one design from my shop or work with me on a custom design in a theme of your choice!



Excited yet? I hope so, because I’m about to bust my buttons at giving away all these wonderful #DisneySide goodies!

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DIY Feature – Appliqued Elsa T-Shirt

Can’t find Elsa anywhere in the stores? Do as I did and make your own Elsa tee.

Elsa Frozen tee by Painted Butterfly Studio

Elsa Frozen tee by Painted Butterfly Studio

I found the design online with a quick image search for “Elsa Frozen”. I created the design using both applique and fabric paint. If you have a regular sewing machine, you can learn to applique using a simple satin (zig-zag) stitch.

There are some great tutorials for learning machine applique online:

Elsa might be an ambitious applique project for beginners but a simple snowflake design would be great!

This special shirt was gifted at a birthday party this weekend, but I am offering it as a custom in my Etsy shop. Perfect for a day in the Parks or for a Frozen birthday party.

Elsa Frozen Tee from Painted Butterfly Studio