I decided to try my hand at making homemade Mickey Ears. The idea started when I found some adorable Mickey and Minnie Halloween fabric on sale at JoAnn Fabric’s. It was an “I need this fabric, let me find something to do with it” purchase. This would also be a great project for some scraps of fabric you might be hoarding… ahem… saving. Not that I would EVER hoard fabric. haha.
I don’t consider myself very “crafty” and I put myself in a beginner level for most crafts but I love trying new projects. Take a look at my progress and please let me know what you think.
I started out with a half a yard of fabric, a headband, scissors, some cardboard from an up-cycled shipping box and a pencil. Not pictured I also used, one large and one smaller sized round jar lids from my kitchen, some thin foam, poly-fil, a sewing machine (or needle and thread) and a hot glue gun. In addition, I used a smooth working surface for even cutting and measuring.
I traced and cut out two circles using the lid to a jar I had in the kitchen. Then measured where I wanted my ears on the headband, and cut out the bottom parts of the circles that were hanging below the headband. It reminds me of a cookie that someone has taken a bite out… mmmm cookies.
This would be the template for cutting my fabric ears. I also did this a second time with cardboard and foam but used a smaller jar top. I placed the smaller cardboard and foam circles aside for later.
Next thing was cutting out my ears. I folded my fabric so the “not pretty side” was facing up and ironed it to make sure it was nice and smooth.
You can position your cardboard templates anywhere you’d like on the fabric. I wanted to make sure I got both Mickey and Minnie on my ears. I traced the cardboard and then cut out my little ears. Don’t worry about any pen marks, it won’t show on your finished ears.
Next I got my smaller cardboard circle and used hot glue to adhere some foam. This will go inside each ear to provide some support so your ears stand up.
I put one pin in the middle of my fabric to keep the fabric in place and sewed all around the edge leaving the “cookie bite” side open. Note: If you don’t have a sewing machine you can hand stitch, which works well too. Sewing tip, you can also trace a circle on your fabric, if you’d like a guide line for sewing.
I haven’t tried a no-sew version but I’d imagine you could make this work with some hot glue or other quick binding fabric adhesive.
Trim any excess fabric. Then my favorite part…flip the ears inside out and check out the magic.
Remember the foam cardboard pieces? I inserted those into the ears, foam side facing to the back. You can stuff your ears with poly-fil if you like them fluffy, leave them flat with just the foam or even use some cotton balls. I used poly-fil since I had some on hand.
Next, seal up the “cookie bite” side of the ears. You can glue, hand stitch, or use your sewing machine anything that gets the job done. I did a quick stitch on my machine.
Using hot glue, I covered my headband in fabric. However, I don’t recommend this. I couldn’t find anything at JoAnn’s other than white headbands for some reason. It was tedious but I didn’t like the solid white headband look with my fabric ears. I also tried covering my second headband with ribbon, it was slightly easier but I would just buy a black headband or coordinating color in the future.
Position your ears on your headband. Once you have your spots, hot glue the ears to the headband.
You can stop here if you’d like but I wanted to add a bow. You can add any kind of bow you’d like! I found some cute wire ribbon with ghosts on sale at JoAnn’s.
I think it turned out pretty good! I will happily wear my ears on my next Disney trip. If I had to do it over, I’d probably use bigger cardboard templates. I’d personally like my Mickey Mouse Ears a bit bigger. Again, I don’t find myself very crafty and I’m a beginner level sewer so do not despair, you too can make some Mickey Ears with your favorite fabric!
Let me know what you think, leave me a comment below! Keep it magical, y’all.