Happy Monday Friends! Hope you all had a fantastic weekend! We did lots and lots of work in the garden (pics coming soon!), had some good down time, and went to a birthday party for one of He-Man’s little friends!

I know on Friday I promised you a “big project reveal” that I’ve been working on for a while. Well…I didn’t quite get all the photos of the project taken this weekend (blame the endless hours of gardening), so it will have to wait – sorry 🙁 But, to make up for it, I thought it would be fun to show you the super cute gift I made for the birthday party we went to…

A while back, Amy over at Positively Splendid did a post on the adorable outfits she made for all her kids for their summer trip to Disney World. I thought they were the cutest things I had ever seen, but didn’t really have any excuse to give the appliquéd mouse a try!

Once I heard the birthday boy was crazy for Mickey Mouse, I knew EXACTLY what I was going to make as a gift!

I started with two plain long-sleeve t-shirts (one red and one white) and a plain, black, zipper-front hoodie…all from Target.

I then stopped by Amy’s blog to download the Mickey Mouse patterns to make each of the different mouse heads. After a quick trip to Hancock’s and some digging through my fabric stash, I was off and running. Very soon, I had a set of some very hip, modern Mickeys in front of me! (I’m not going to give you a step-by-step tutorial because I practically did exactly what Amy describes here. The only big difference is that I used a satin stitch for the appliqué instead of a straight stitch 🙂

The first T I made was the Pirate Mickey – love that earring!

The second T got just a plain Mickey head, but I used some funky dot fabric to give it a little edge.

Finally, I added a Mickey head with the birthday boy’s initial onto the back of the hoodie. I kept the front plain.

That red swirly fabric is a Moda print. I love the little pop of interest…I originally had plain red fabric cut out but decided to re-make it with the swirl – so worth it, don’t you think?!?

I am not super skilled with my appliqué, so I sometimes shy away from giving appliquéd items as gifts. But then I figure that I will never get better at it unless I practice. AND…kids’ cloths are small, and they usually don’t care if something isn’t quite right. I’m so glad I put my worries aside and went for it. Even though they aren’t quite perfect, they turned out quite adorable!

Hope the birthday boy enjoys them!!!

I hope everyone has a great start to their week! Later this week I hope to have pictures up of all our hard work out in the yard!


See You Soon!