Making Your Own Disney World T-Shirts: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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Updated for 2017!

There’s probably not a Disney World t-shirt I haven’t given a look-over, held the fabric between my fingers, and pondered if there was enough cash in my vacation budget to bring it home. Some I liked more than others, but it seems for a few minutes, I liked them all. What can you do if the money just isn’t there to but your family Disney shirts that start at around $20 and sometimes soar over $40? How about make your own!

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We asked fans of Disney’s Cheapskate Princess on Facebook to see if they thought making your own Disney-themes shirts was a good idea that could save you money over paying retail.

Libby, “I made my daughter an appliqués Minnie shirt with matching shorts. I made my son an appliqués pirate Mickey shirt and a Mickey shirt with the head made from buttons. I like for my kids to have unique, one of a kind shirts while at Disney.”

Marie, ”I think unique shirts, especially in a group or with a family, is a great idea helps you to spot your group/kids more quickly.”

Stacey, “I’ve made tie dye shirts for my family. We all had fun making them.”

Jessica said she had made her own shirts, and while a fun project, she didn’t feel like it saved her any money.

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Jennifer has made shirts for her family, and she sent in a photo of her creations.“We made some last year when we took my entire family with us. With seven people, we thought it’d be best to all have the same shirt at least one day. This was our shirt design when we took my entire family with us on their first trip in June. In case you were wondering what it said, our names are written inside the Mickey.”

Here is Jennifer’s t-shirt:

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Shonna also sent us her t-shirt designs. “I made shirts for our last trip to Disneyland with my sister and her family. We wore our patriotic shirts on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Then we all had different pirate shirts.”

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Shonna said, “After that I started selling them online on Etsy, and here is some of the designs I have made for my family and other families for their trips. We are headed to Disneyland again at Christmas and I will be making Christmas Mickey shirts.” 

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How to make your own Disney t-shirts.

Cora Beth sent us two photos and provided instructions for making your own shirts. “I cut out Mickey heads out of scrap fabric we had lying around for these. So just out $3 each for the shirts and for the iron on stuff. I followed the directions on the iron on paper,  and then I did a zigzag stitch around the edge for reinforcement.”

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Cora Beth also made shirts with no sewing involved. She said the supplies she needed were as follows:

  • 2 oz and 4 oz bottles of fabric paint
  • shirts
  • freezer paper
  • a paint brush
  • iron
  • Xacto knife
  • cutting mat

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How did she make these adorable shirts? Here are Cora Beth’s instructions for shirt painting.

  1. I went to the computer word document and typed in our names. I printed out the size I wanted on each shirt and made a Mickey Head pattern.
  2. Cut the freezer paper the size of the front of your shirt. Lay the Mickey head and the name you want under the freezer paper and trace (shiny side down!).
  3. Cut out with Xacto knife. The area you cut out is your “stencil.”
  4. Iron freezer paper to the shirt with the shiny side down.
  5. Now be creative with the paints!

Cora Beth added, “This is also a project you can let kids do, because when you peel off the paper, you have clean lines. Depending on your color of shirt and paint, it may require 2-3 coats of paint for good coverage.”

Still think you want to pay full price for theme park t-shirts?

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Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you in the Disney gift shops, pricing shirts…

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