Minnie Mouse Applique Tutorial

March 10, 2011

Hey ya’ll!  I know, I’ve not been around much, but there is still lots of sewing going on… actually more than usual.  So, that’s good.  Anyhow, I thought some of you might enjoy learning how to applique.  This is a general tutorial, but if any of you would like to have the pdf of this particular design, please let me know!  I’d be happy to post it.

Here we go.  I use No-Sew Heat n Bond.  Some people really like the Heat n Bond light.  That will give your edges a nice frayed edge look, which is totally cute for some things, but here we went with the no fray look.  Mmmkay?

Alright.  First find your template.  I usually google coloring pages or cartoon images to find just what I am looking for.  I don’t want anything with too much detail or I will lose it with the fabric or it will become really difficult to sew around.  I was doing these for a friend who is taking her daughter to Disney and the Animal Kingdom.  So fun!  Okay, so here’s my image.

Cute, yeah??  Okay, well, I want the reverse image.  If your image is perfectly symmetrical, then you can skip this part.  So, I turn the paper over and trace it with a pen on to the other side.

Now, if you hold this up to a window or you just use a darker pen when doing the previous step, you can see this image through the Heat n Bond if you place it over the image.  Now, do that and trace the image on the the PAPER side of the Heat n Bond.  Because I wanted a different fabric for the bow than I did for the head, you will see that I sort of free handed the top of the head that would be later covered by the bow.

Cut this out and now, following the instructions for the Heat N Bond, you will iron this on to the WRONG side of your fabric.

Now, peal off the paper back to the Heat N Bond and iron it onto your shirt where you want it.  You can use many different stitches to stitch it on… now remember we used NO SEW Heat n Bond, but I still like the look of the stitching so I still stitch it on and if you use the light, you have to stitch it on… anywho… I just used a straight stitch here.  Do the part of the design that will be covered first.  Since I wanted my bow over the top of the head, I started with the head.

Next, I ironed and stitched down the bow going slowly and carefully…

You can see in the picture above that I used a fabric marker to make some lines to add detail to the bow.  I stitched over those lines and this is what I got!

Totally fun and totally easy.  It just opens up a world of possibilities.  My SIL is really good at all this stuff.  You should check her out.  Don’t you love these?  Now she has a fun shirt to wear to both Disney and the Animal Kingdom.  She will be the coolest kid in school… or in the theme park… whatever!

Ta for now, my loves!

***Edit… now the PDF is available.  Click below!  Have fun, send pictures!***


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19 Responses to Minnie Mouse Applique Tutorial

  1. Kathy Swain on July 6, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    I would like the PDF… this will be perfect for my own granddaughter, as well as for baby shower gifts. Thanks for sharing.

  2. brenda cook on July 21, 2013 at 4:13 am

    i would like the pdf to this

  3. Paula on May 15, 2013 at 6:36 am

    So cute! I would love the PDF if you wouldn’t mind sharing.

  4. Sharon Meyer on February 26, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    i would greatly appreciate the pdf of this pattern. My granddaughter is a minnie fanatic, Thank you

  5. Dawn Burnworth on January 24, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing. I am making this for my niece for her birthday. :)

  6. crystal webb on September 12, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    I just love this and would also love the pdf of it. I’am trying to make my going to be 5 year old a shirt for her birthday party. So cute

  7. Mary on June 22, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    I would love the PDF for this design. This will make the perfect 1st birhday for my 1st great granddaghter.

  8. Dot on April 9, 2012 at 12:08 am

    What a neat idea. I have an adult friend who just loves Minnie and Mickey Mouse. I am going to make her a mug rug….that’s a small place mat, big enough for a cup of tea and a cookie or two. I will use the Mickey Mouse applique on the mug rug. Thanks for sharing this idea.

  9. maxine on February 4, 2012 at 1:19 am

    Thank you so much for posting this! I have three little grand-daughters who love Minnie & Mickey Mouse and I have been very busy sewing them the cutest little summer dresses and this applique will make the perfect finish!!!

  10. Crissy on August 17, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    This is a wonderful tutorial thank you for posting=)

  11. Jo on July 7, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Thank you so much! I just printed the PDF and am planning to go grab a onesie tonight to make this for my 6 month old for her first trip to disneyland next week :)

    • dixiemango on July 21, 2011 at 10:56 pm

      yay! I’d love to see a picture if you make one :)

  12. Lisa on June 25, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    So cute! Love the alternative fabrics.

  13. Mandy on March 30, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    I love this so much! I’m actually doing a dress for my 2 year old niece’s birthday and would love to have the PDF of this to put on her dress!

    • dixiemango on April 7, 2011 at 1:15 pm

      I just added the PDF. I’d love to see pictures!!

  14. Wendi on March 24, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    I LOVE this!!!! I am going to be taking my little girl to Disneyland this fall, and I am excited to find this so I can make her a super cute, personalized outfit for the trip!

    • dixiemango on April 7, 2011 at 1:15 pm

      I just added the PDF! Have fun, send pictures!

  15. Lori Porten on March 19, 2011 at 1:05 am

    I LOVE this! Will have to get the pattern from you. Very cute!

  16. Whitney on March 11, 2011 at 3:41 am

    Love it!! L will be one stylin’ little girl! Oh please post the PDF. We’re supposedly going to Disney World next year with my parents.

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