Here’s a quick trick for rounding up some nifty favors for the guest of honor and his young friends: snazzy canvas totes stamped with a bright blue design modeled after the world’s most famous mouse.
- Canvas tote bags (sold in economy packs at craft and fabric stores)
- Half of a medium-size onion (sliced crosswise) for printing Mickey’s head
- Half of a small onion (sliced crosswise) for printing Mickey’s ears (a boiling onion works well for this)
- Paper towel
- Off-white cotton fabric scraps
- Blue fabric paint
- Paper plate
- Small foam brush
- Double-sided fusible webbing (such as Steam-A-Seam2)
- Steam iron
- Pressing cloth
Instructions (for each tote):
1. Blot dry the cut surface of both onion halves with a paper towel.
2. Brush blue fabric paint onto the cut surface of the medium onion half and practice stamping Mickey head circles on newspaper. Press the onion down firmly and evenly and then lift it straight up. Once you get the hang of it, stamp a Mickey head on a cotton fabric scrap. Now brush fabric paint onto the small onion half and use it to print ears on the top of the head.
3. Cut a rectangle of double-sided fusible webbing large enough to cover the Mickey print. Remove the easy-to-peel paper from the fusible webbing (leave the paper on the opposite side attached), and place the webbing sticky side down on the unpainted side of the fabric.
4. Cover the papered surface of the webbing with a pressing cloth and use a steam iron to fuse it to the fabric as directed on the package.
5. Trim the printed fabric to the same dimensions as the fusible webbing.
6. Peel the remaining paper layer away from the webbing and fuse the Mickey print to the front of the canvas tote bag.
For more Mickey fun, check out the official Mickey Mouse site.