Time to get your glue gun ready because we have another Mickey Ears tutorial for you! Are you ready for this?
These geometric patterned under the sea inspired Mickey ears will have you turning heads as you walk down Main Street USA!
Step 1: First you need to gather your supplies!
- 1 inch Headband
- Glue Gun
- Sewing machine (or needle and thread)
- Foam sheet
- Measuring tape
Cut a strip of your chosen fabric that is approx. 3 inches wide and the length of your headband (Measure by placing one end on the edge of fabric and rolling it all the way to the other point). Using a glue gun, glue the strip of fabric onto the headband by curving the fabric onto the inside of the headband.
Make sure you gather the ends at the tips so that you don’t have any loose ends!
Grab some extra 1/2 inch ribbon of your choice. This doesn’t have to match the ears as it is just on the inside of the band used to cove rtes raw edges of the fabric. I like to trim The ribbon into a point to match the headband to keep everything neat and tidy! Glue the ribbon onto the centre inside the headband:
We need four 5 inch circles cut from the fabric. You can easily make a stencil out of paper or find a household object like I did (a small bowl). I traced the circle right onto the fabric and then cut them out!
Next make another circle two of the circles you just cut out. This circle needs to be 4 inches. Once drawn on line your ears up with your headband (shown below) the insides of the ears should be about 2.5 inch apart (we don’t want the ears too close or too far away from each other!). Once the ears are in the correct place, trace the headband line from where the circles are placed:
Place the other two circles on top of the circles that have been drawn on. Make sure the have the “pretty” sides together and the back sides facing apart. Pin them together. Now it is time to grab your sewing machine! (I really do recommend using a sewing machine and not hand stitching as the stitches are so much tighter when done with a sewing machine!). Sew all the way around the inside circle leaving the little archway open! (super important you you wont be able to flip them around and stuff them!). After seeing trim the edges and flip them right-side out!
Next grab your foam sheet. Cut out the same 4 inch circles you drew onto the fabric. Cut these out and cut arches in the bottom. Slip these into the ear pockets!
Now grab your stuffing. Place small amounts at a time into the ears making sure to place stuffing on both sides of the foam sheet. You want to make them a little puffy but not round, just give them shape! Use a pen back to push the stuffing to the edges of the circles. Once both ears look symmetrical and you are happy with how they look move on to step 9!
You now need to glue the opening closed. This can be a little tricky I find folding one side over the other and sewing it with the glue works the best. Try to keep it tidy and make it TIGHT or else your ears will be floppy and we don’t want that!
Remember when we measured the ears to be about 2.5 inches apart at the beginning? Well now we need to glue our ears onto the headband! Simply measure 2.5 inches on the top of your headband and make two marks. This will be the inside of each ear! Glue each ear in place and hold it tight so it is nice and secure!
Now for the bow! You can make any kind of bow you want but I chose to make a two tier-two coloured bow. Measure your ribbon to be about 12 inches long of both colours. Fold them over and glue in a loop. Then you want to fold and glue them in half towards you and then fold them in half backwards to make a nice bow shape. Glue the two bows together and wrap a small price of ribbon around the centre! Glue onto your headband and VOILA! You are ready to rock these ears down Main Street USA!