*I received free products to host the Disney Side @Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own*
Mom Select and Disney asked me to show my DisneySide with an at home celebration. They sent me a kit loaded with products including a packet of trivia questions. (Complete details are here.)
This one caught my attention. “What fashionable pattern does Minnie Mouse favor?”
It’s Polka dots of course and a great way to add a pop of color to our amazing decorations.
I added bows to a wreath, ornaments and bags to pull the pattern through the party.
I made a skirt for my daughter, our birthday girl, inspired by Minnie’s dress.
Here’s the quick and easy how to:
- First forget what you learned in Home Ec. We are breaking the roles and going against the bias.
- For a toddler skirt measure the waist and double. I needed 42 inches. As luck would have it fabric often comes on bolts that measure 45 wide.
- Measure the length. In this case 11 inches. I purchased a 12 inch piece of fabric.
- Stitch the ends together to make a tube. Surge or use a zig zag to keep the edges from fraying.
- With the fabric lying flat put a pin in each natural fold. Each pin should be 21 inches apart. Fold in half and repeat. Do this 8 times.
- Take a 2 inch wide piece of elastic and overlap the ends by half an inch at the desired size. In this case I needed a 22 inch band. 21 inches to go around the waist and half an inch for each end to overlap. Zig zag ends closed.
- Fold and pin elastic in the same way as the skirt.
- Line up elastic and skirt pins.
- Top stitch elastic to skirt. Easing gathers, or form three smaller pleats between each pin.
- Fold bottom of the skirt up 1 inch. Press take raw edge and fold into the fold. Press and stitch the top of the fold to form a hem.
- Take length of eyelet trim and place at the hem’s seam line on the inside of the skirt. Stitch in place.
- Adorn elastic waist band with giant buttons and embroidery floss.
With the fabric remnants I created an iconic applique on a plain long-sleeved t-shirt. I used the cookie cutters from my Celebration Kit as a template. The tutorial I used is here.
Minnie’s polka dots are just one of the fun ways to show my #DisneySide. You’ll find more Mickey Mouse Clubhouse party ideas here.