DIY: Mickey Ears Hooded Blanket Tutorial

After our trip to Florida last summer my children were hooked on Mickey.  It only took a one day visit and my children have talked about it almost every day.  In preparing for our next family vacation to actually stay at Disney I have been thinking of fun ways to give the kids hints 😉

When I needed a fun way to wrap a gift I decided why not make it a usable wrapping and make a blanket.  The more I thought about it, the kid’s favorite blankets are both fleece hooded blankets.  After deciding I would make a hooded blanket, one with Mickey ears fit the bill perfectly!

This took about an hour to make and although you could make it a little more complicated by doubling or hiding the seams, I just took the most simple approach (I didn’t quite have enough fabric to double them even though I bought all that they had).  This requires very little sewing skills and anyone can easily make it!  Not only will they be opening a gift but they will be just as excited for their new Mickey blankets along the way as well.

Supplies Needed

  • 1 Piece of black felt
  • 55″ by 42″ of fabric (roughly 2 yards of fabric total)
  • 23″ by 12″ of fabric
  • Black thread
  • Scissors
  • Round object (I used a wide mouth mason jar)
  • Pen or pencil

Directions

First start off by cutting your fabric pieces to the above measurements.  These will be the pieces for your hood and then blanket.  These measurements are the sizes I used as they match their current blanket sizes.  I would add another 12″ in both directions for the blanket piece if I were making it for an adult.  The hood measurements should be fine as is.

Trace a circular object on the felt.  You will need two circles per ear, so trace out 4 circles.  I was making two blankets, is why you see more.  When you are cutting out your circles, leave a tail of about 1-2 inches on two of the circles to make sewing the ears on easier. Sew two circle pieces (one with a tail and one plain circle) together with a 1/4 inch inseam.  Just guide them slowly by hand so you can turn the fabric.

For the hood, just fold down the right and left edges and sew both outside edges on 1/4″ inseam.

The fold the piece in half with the right sides of the fabric touching each other.  The top and bottom seams have not been sewn yet.  Guide the fabric by hand to create an arch that is about a 90 degree angle and sew from the top of the hood to the bottom.   Cut away the excess fabric.

Now you are going to create a cut to insert with Mickey ears.  I measured about 2 1/2″ in and cut down about 3″.

Place your Mickey ear inside the hood with the tail poking out.  Pull the ear flush with the seam the edge of the cut.

Pin it down in the center of the ear.  Repeat with the second ear and then pin down the center seams so that they line up.

Sew the seam on a 1/4″ and then repeat again for strength.  This is what your seams will now look like.

Clip off the excess felt at them seam.

Take your blanket and sew a 1/4″ seam all the way around the four edges of the blanket, turning the edges in to create a finished look.

Fold your blanket in half with the right sides on the inside.  Measure for the center of your blanket.  Align your hood so the center of the hood matches the center of your blanket.  Pin the right sides of your hood to the right sides of the center of your top blanket seam.  Sew the hood along the current stitching.

I always back-stitch so I don’t have to tie all my seams.  Trim your threads and you are all ready to go!  This really was an easy project that I know my children will enjoy!

With just a little time, you can create such a fun Mickey Hooded blanket!   I may even have to go back and add a tail!

 

 

6 thoughts on “DIY: Mickey Ears Hooded Blanket Tutorial”

  1. You, my friend, are a genius! I’ve made towels like this but never thought of blankets. And of course my daughter is obsessed with putting blankets on her head.

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