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Monday, July 27, 2015

Minnie Ears for Crystal

Hello y'all!
As I write this my blog has no photos on it and the background is missing but, I am confident God is taking care of it all for me and will help me clear this up. Update: I erased the photos myself while "taking them off my phone", I will get them all back on there as soon as I can. It will take a while *face palm*

  I have a dear friend that just moved to Hawaii. She and her sweet husband were in our choir at church. Since he is military they move where the military tells them, so they had to move to Hawaii, every one say awe. Yes we will miss them but we wish them well. Anyhoo, she loves Mickey and Minnie mouse and because I am missing her, this idea popped into my head. I hope you love it.

Start with the baseball cap from Fun and Games SVG Kit. Using the baseball cap file, bring the cap_1 onto your virtual mat. Ungroup and release compound path, then remove the circles Mary used for holes in the cap. Draw a rectangle W0.984 x 3.205 H, you will need to double click this to move the nodes so that there is a curve matching the score line on the cap. This will allow the ears to fit naturally to the cap. Once it is the correct shape click on the cap and holding down the shift key select the rectangle now go to the modify window and select subtract. This will be the cut out for the ears. You will need two of those. Duplicate the cap piece you just made and flip it or mirror it. You can move the extra piece of cap you will not need off to the side.  You will need a total of 6 pieces. Be sure to regroup all your score lines to your cap. Select all and group. Now you can move the pieces without your score lines being in the wrong place.

Bring cap_2 onto your virtual mat and un-group and release compound path. Delete the cap with the brim and the extra brim and lines. Duplicate the octagon four times. Glue three together as you would for the bottom of the hat. The fourth I made smaller and used as an insert to cover the tabs on the bottom inside of the box. This is the size  used. W 5.636 x 4.881 H.

The ears were made using a circle W 3.477 x 3.477 H. I cut off the bottom of the circle and extended the nodes just a bit on the sides to mimic the Mickey ears. Double click on your circle to activate the node portion. You will know you have done it when you see grayed boxes at various points.  Add a node to the center of the flat portion, do this by clicking on the center of your line. Click and drag the node just under 3/4 of the way up. You're making a cut so that the ear curves a bit and the bottom will be your tabs to adhere to the inside of the cap. I added score lines on either side of the tabs across the sides. Make a duplicate of this ear and flip it, then cut two of each. Glue two sides of your ears facing each other, be sure not to glue your flaps together. Assemble the cap top and slide each ear into the slots you made. Glue the tabs onto the inside of the cap
The two side pieces of the cap with the slits for the ears should be towards the front not the back.
NOTE: It would be helpful to number your cap pieces as I got confused twice.

 Assemble the bottom of the cap as Mary instructs, you will just not have the bill or sun visor portion of the cap.

I made the free 3d Bow for Minnie's Cap. It was sized at W. 4.683 x 10.634 H . I did cut the ribbon portion of the bow down a bit with scissors but that it optional. I just felt the size was right but the ties were a bit to long. Cut and extra center if you wish and curve it a bit with a dowel or pencil. Make a loop and adhere to the top of the center bow.

You can now fill your Mickey or Minnie ears with whatever you like, or add a name to the back as if it was from Disneyland by using vinyl, or simply use a gold pen and using dash lines write the persons name. Have fun with it. I could imagine as I made this bear, bunny, dog or even antlers for Christmas!  Just be add a large red pom to the center front for the reindeer. Have fun with it that is the whole purpose and most of all give it away. The joy in making fun things like this is giving it away and seeing your recipients face. 
Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog, prayerfully it will be fixed soon. Hugs to all of you and thank you so much for continuing to encourage me. Thanks again so very much and Happy Craftin' Y'all!  Blessings Sharalyn

SVG Kits Used:
Fun and Games SVG Kit
Free 3-d bow

Supplies Used:
American Crafts Card Stock: Black
Stampin Up Designer  Paper- retired
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Silhouette Cameo