When it comes to fashion, everyone knows Minnie is a class act. Take this handy fruit-stamped pouch for example — it’s stylish, eco-friendly, and just the right size for packing healthy school snacks.
What You’ll Need
- Minnie Mouse template
- 7-inch square of thin cardboard
- 8-inch square of freezer paper
- Craft knife
- Ironing board, steam iron, and pressing cloth
- Orange with 3¼ to 3½ inch diameter
- Knife and cutting board for slicing the orange
- Paper towel
- Craft paintbrush
- Black fabric paint
- Scrap paper or fabric
- Plain small canvas pouch (the one shown here is 8 inches square)
- Small polka dot bow (about 2½ inches wide and 1½ inches high)
- Low-temperature hot glue gun or a safety pin (for fastening the bow to the pouch)
- 7-inch length of iron-on hook-and-loop fabric fastener tape
How To Make It
- Print the template and center the image atop the cardboard square. Then center the freezer paper atop the template, coated side down (note: you should be able to easily see the printed mouse head image through the freezer wrap). Use the craft knife to carefully cut through the paper layers along the printed outline to create a stencil.
- Insert the cardboard into the canvas pouch. Place the pouch flat on the ironing board and center the freezer-paper stencil on top of it, coated side down. Cover the stencil with a pressing cloth, and press it with a hot iron just long enough to stick the freezer paper to the canvas.
- Slice the orange through the middle to create two halves. Leave one half as is to use as a stamp for the mouse face. From the other half, make a smaller stamp for the ears by slicing a piece from the end to create a round surface just over two inches wide. Blot the cut surface on each stamp with a piece of paper towel to absorb any excess juice.
- Now it’s time to practice stamping. Use the paintbrush to apply a thin layer of black fabric paint to the entire surface of one of the orange stamps. Firmly press the painted side onto a piece of scrap paper or fabric (don’t forget to cover your work surface with cardboard or newspaper first), and then carefully lift the stamp to reveal the print. If you like the results, great! If not, try again, adjusting the amount of paint accordingly.
- Once you have the hang of the technique, you’re ready to stamp your design on the pouch. Start by applying paint to the larger stamp and then pressing it onto the fabric in the face hole of the template. Ideally, the rind of the orange will overlap the edge of the template a bit. Next, use the smaller stamp to print both ears.
- Wait a minute or two to allow any excess paint on the edges of the freezer paper to dry enough not to smear. Then carefully peel the template away from the pouch. Once the paint on the pouch has totally dried, heat set it by covering the stamped image with your pressing cloth and then pressing it briefly with a hot, dry iron.
- Use hot glue (or a safety pin, if you’d rather) to attach the polka dot bow to the pouch, positioning it right at the top of the stamped head and centered between the ears.
- Lastly, heat-fuse the strip of hook-and-loop fabric fastener tape to the inner top of the pouch according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
All cutting, ironing, and gluing should be done by an adult.