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Updated on April 7, 2016
Crochet Mickey and Minnie Baby Costume
Crochet Mickey and Minnie Baby Costume | Source

My first time ever making baby clothes wasn't for my own children, but was fairly recently when I was asked to crochet a Mickey and Minnie outfit for newborns. When doing commissions I will almost never say no, even if I never did it before. Why? Because I know that if you understand the basics of crocheting and are comfortable with them there is absolutely nothing you can't do. I also love to work on new projects and expand my skills. So, even though I had never done baby clothes before, I happily took on the commission.

Working on these Disney baby outfits was such a joy. I had so much fun! And since I am currently pregnant with my second, I'm excited to put this new skill to good use for him. I also thought it would be a great opportunity to share what I've learned to new or experienced crocheters that are intimidated by taking on a project like this.

You can do it! I'll show you how. Not only will I show you the basics, but I will also give you tips on how you can customize these outfits to create adorable costumes and characters.

Let's begin!

Crochet Mickey Mouse Booties
Crochet Mickey Mouse Booties | Source
Crochet Minnie Mouse Booties
Crochet Minnie Mouse Booties | Source

How to Crochet Baby Booties

Let's start with the simplest part of the outfit; the baby bootie. Now, there are a lot of free baby bootie patterns out there--all you need to do is a Google or Pinterest search for them. Most patterns I found were very dated, grandma-style baby booties. Some were really neat patterns that look like real shoes, sandals, and slippers.

I wanted something very basic that was easy to complete and customize. Eventually, I adjusted this pattern from Jay's Boutique Blog to suit my needs. Here's the pattern with my adjustments added:

Chain 11.
1. Hdc in 2nd chain from hook and and next 8, 3 hdc in last, (working in backside of chains), hdc in next 8, 2 hdc in last, sl st to 1st hdc.
2. Ch 2, hdc in same stitch as joining, hdc in next 8, 2 hdc in next 3, hdc in next 8, 2 hdc in next 2, sl st to ch-2 space.
3. Ch 2, hdc in same, 2 hdc in next, hdc in next 8, 2 hdc in next 7, hdc in next 10, 2 hdc in next 2, sl st to ch-2 space.
4. (back loops only) Ch 2, hdc in each stitch around, sl st to ch-2 space.
5. Ch 1, hdc in next 9, hdc-2-tog, dc-2-tog twice, dc in next, dc-3-tog, dc in next, dc-2-tog 2 times, hdc-2-tog, hdc around, sl st to first hdc.
6. Ch 1, hdc in same and next 8, hdc-2-tog, dc-2-tog, dc-3-tog, dc-2-tog, hdc-2-tog, hdc around, sl st to first hdc.
7. Ch 1, sc in same and next 6, sc-2-tog, dc-2-tog 3 times, sc-2-tog, sc around, sl st to first sc.
8. Ch 1, sc in same and each stitch around, sl st to first sc.

(Please let me know if anything doesn't work right so I can fix it!)

For the Minnie Mouse Booties I stopped there, but for the Mickey Mouse Booties I repeated round 8 until I got the booties to a height I wanted. You could further customize them by adding straps, frill, shoelaces, or the bow Jay includes in her pattern.

Custom Crochet Booties

When thinking of a custom design, it is always best to draw out your idea or have some sort of visual reference. For me, I want to crochet a wolf costume for my new baby. I came across this awesome crochet wolf paw bootie pattern on Etsy which is exactly what I wanted my booties to look like--but sometimes you aren't so lucky, so here are some tips to customize your booties:

  • Start with a sketch of my design. You don't have to be an artist to make a sketch. As long as you know what you're looking at it doesn't matter what it looks like to anyone else. If you are creating something based off of something else (like a designer shoe or a cartoon character, or someone else's crochet design) have plenty of reference images for that.
  • Try to draw as many views and angles of your design as you can to get a 3-dimensional understanding of what you'd like the finished product to look like.
  • Next, crochet the foundation of your piece. This should be the simplest part. If you don't know how to crochet booties, find a simple pattern that would work well with your design.
  • Now here's the fun part. Figure out how to add the extra features to the foundation. This will probably take a lot of trial and error, so be sure to take notes as you go along so you can repeat the process for the other boot.
  • Add finishing touches and marvel at what you accomplished :)


Beanie

Front & Back Post Double Crochet

Crab Stitch

How to Crochet a Baby Hat

The design of a basic crochet beanie, whether for an adult or baby doesn't really change much. It may actually be even simpler than the booties. However, since it's a bit larger it may be more time consuming, depending on the level of detail you'd like to add to your hat.

To crochet a hat for a baby, all you need to do is work in rounds and gradually increase until you've reached a width that will fit. I admit, I don't usually pay attention to numbers and will use my son's head as a tool for measurement or one of his smaller baby hats if it's for a younger baby. This is pretty much how I go about crocheting my adult sized hats too. I'm just really not a pattern person and I hate counting, haha....but for those of you who benefit more from patterns and numbers, here are some videos that should help you with crocheting a basic baby beanie.

To finish off the hat I like to alternate front post double crochet with back post double crochet to create an almost knitted look.

Or I keep it really simple and backwards single crochet or crab stitch.

You could add earflaps, pom poms, brims, tassels, or whatever else you like to these basic beanies.

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Crochet Minnie Mouse Hat with Crochet Bow
Crochet Minnie Mouse Hat with Crochet Bow
Crochet Mickey Mouse Hat
Crochet Mickey Mouse Hat | Source
Crochet Cake Hat from Adventure Time
Crochet Cake Hat from Adventure Time | Source
Crochet Jake Hat from Adventure Time
Crochet Jake Hat from Adventure Time | Source

Custom Crochet Hat

Customizing a hat works much the same as you would go about customizing baby booties.

First sketch out a design of what you want you finished hat to look like, or have a clear reference image to use.

Once you have your sketches, crochet your foundation. Then figure out how you would like to add the details.

For the Mickey and Minnie hats I made all I needed was a picture of the cartoon characters. In there case, the details were pretty simple. I crocheted two circles and attached them to the hats for ears. Then for Minnie's hat I had to add a bow.

In the past I have done more complicated character hats, like Cake and Jake from Adventure Time. In cases where there are a lot of small, fine details, I prefer to sew felt fabric details on to the hats rather than embroider or crochet features.

I also know that some people like to airbrush details, such as rosy cheeks, or added beaded details.

Take a look at other artists' work to get inspiration and ideas for what you can accomplish.

Mickey Mouse Crochet Diaper Cover
Mickey Mouse Crochet Diaper Cover | Source

How to Crochet a Diaper Cover

While searching for diaper cover patterns to learn form I came across Repeat Crafter Me's post on making a Mickey and Minnie diaper cover. Her Mickey Mouse Pattern worked perfectly and was exactly what I was looking for. I would strongly suggest following her notes to make a nice basic two button Diaper Cover.

The only change I made was instead of doing a row of triple crochet stitches for the button holes I did two rows of double crochet because triple stitches would have been too big for the buttons I was using the diaper cover.

To make things a little easier on you here's Flowers Creations' single button diaper cover pattern with Repeat Crafter Me's notes and with my alterations as well. Please visit both sources to see the original pattern.

Ch 47
Row 1: sc 1 in second ch from hook, sc 1 in every st across, ch 1 and turn (46 st)
Row 2 - 3: dc across, ch 1 turn (46 st)
Row 4: sc 1 in every st across, fasten off (count in 11 stitches from the right on last row worked and attach yarn with a ss in the same st)
Row 5: ch 3 dc 1 in next 24 across, ch 1 turn (24 st)
Row 6: sc 1 in every st across, ch 3 turn (24 st)
Row 7: DC 24
Row 8: SC 24
Row 9: DC 24
Row 10: SC 24
Row 11: dc2tog, dc 1 in next 20, dc2tog, ch 1 turn (22 st)
Row 12: sc2tog, sc 1 in next 18, sc2tog, ch 3 turn (20 st)
Row 13: dc2tog, dc 1 in next 16, dc2tog, ch 1 turn (18 st)
Row 14: sc2tog, sc 1 in next 14, sc2tog, ch 3 turn (16 st)
Row 15: dc2tog, dc 1 in next 12, dc2tog, ch1 turn (14 st)
Row 16: sc 1 in every st across, ch 3 turn (14 st)
Row 17: Dc 1 in every st across, ch 1 turn (14 st)
Row 18-21: repeat row 15-16
Row 22: sc 1 in every st across ch 3 turn (14 st)
Row 23: dc 2 in first st, dc 1 in every st across ch 1, turn (15 st)
Row 24: sc 2 in first st, sc 1 in every st across ch 3 turn (16 st)
Row 25: dc 1 in every st across, ch 1, turn (16 st)
Row 26: sc 1 in every st across, ch 3 turn (16 st)
Row 27: dc 1 in every st across, ch 1 turn (16 st)
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Minnie Mouse Polka Dot Diaper Cover with Skirt
Minnie Mouse Polka Dot Diaper Cover with Skirt | Source
Minnie Mouse Polka Dot Diaper Cover w/ Skirt
Minnie Mouse Polka Dot Diaper Cover w/ Skirt | Source

How to Crochet Diaper Cover with a Skirt

When it came to Repeat Crafter Me's Minnie Mouse Skirt I really wasn't in love with the design. I also had a very difficult time looking for a skirted diaper cover pattern that I liked. I loved how the Mickey Mouse diaper cover was adjustable so I wanted the Minnie Mouse Skirt to be adjustable too. However, most of the skirt patterns I came across that I liked just elastic bands and not buttons.

So, I decided to just adjust the Mickey Mouse pattern to incorporate the skirt. It ended up being a lot easier than I thought it would be.

I followed Repeat Crafter's Me instructions for the Mickey Mouse Diaper Cover (posted above) until I completed the single stitches in Row 4, then instead of fastening off I created the skirt.

Row 1 of Skirt: ch1 and turn, 2 dc in the back loop of each stitch across, ch2 and turn

Row 2 of Skirt: 2 hdc in next sc, hdc in next sc, repeat across, ch3 and turn

Row 3 of Skirt: dc in next stitch, 2 dc in next stitch, dc in next stitch, repeat across, ch2 and turn

Row 4 of Skirt: hdc across, ch3 and turn

Row 5 of Skirt: dc across, ch1 and turn

Row 6 of Skirt: sc across, fasten off and weave in ends.

After I completed the skirt, I returned to Repeat Crafter Me's instructions, but instead of counting 11 stitches in before making the diaper portion, I only counted 6. This is because I didn't want the skirt to close in the middle of the diaper cover, I wanted it to close to the side.

I then continued to use Flowers Creations' pattern where I left off, starting with the front loops I left free when I added the skirt portion. I changed the colour from red to white though, for Minnie Mouse's bloomers.

For the polka dots I sewed on felt cutouts.

Custom Crochet Diaper Cover

Customizing a diaper cover to suit a costume or look could be as easy as picking the right colour and adding a small feature, like the chained black cord I made and attached for Mickey's tail. Or it could require more thought and experimentation, like Minnie's skirt. Like with the other projects, always start with a reference image or sketch if customizing is going to require more than just picking the right colour.

For my wolf, at first I wanted to do an amigurumi style tail and make it 3-dimensional, but then I thought about functionality. I think this is really important to keep in mind, especially when creating clothing pieces. Something might look nice, but be very uncomfortable and cumbersome. Some adults are willing to deal with a little discomfort for the sake of fashion, but babies aren't ever willing to put up with any discomfort--nor do I think anyone should subject them to it just for the sake of cuteness. When I make my diaper cover for my baby's wolf outfit I am going to make a flat scarf like tail so he won't even notice it's there.

So in short, when customizing your diaper covers keep three things in mind; design, effectiveness (how much it captured the look you're going for), and functionality.

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      jan hafner 5 weeks ago

      can you print the mickey mouse pattern

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      Roz Curry 8 months ago

      I noticed a mistake in the diaper cover instructions. Rather than repeating rows 15 & 16 for rows 18-21, you should repeat rows 16&17. Otherwise, the stitch count will be off.

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      Summer 13 months ago

      Hiking love your pattern but what needle size do you use???

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      stephen kalu 2 years ago from Nigeria

      Great hub. You must have done alot of research for this. Keep it going.

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      Samantha Harris 2 years ago from New York

      Do you mean the diaper portion? You may have to experiment a bit by using a diaper or diaper cover that fits the child as a reference. I'm sorry. This Hub really needs to be updated, but unfortunately I haven't had the time due to a new job and moving. As soon as I'm settled I will return to this and add more detailed instructions.

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      Sarah 2 years ago

      How do you adjust the latter to fit a 1 year old

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      Samantha Harris 2 years ago from New York

      You're not the first person to say this! I'm so sorry. This was written before I really knew how to read and write patterns, so at some point (hopefully really soon!) I will update this with clearer instructions and images!

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      BB 2 years ago

      So cute but cannot figure out the skirt part. :(

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      Samantha Harris 3 years ago from New York

      Hi Mrs Bryan! It's been awhile since I wrote this but my go to needles are 4.75 and 5mm. I believe I used the 5mm for this project and the yarn was sports weight.

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      MrsBryan 3 years ago

      Hi there! Thanks for a great reference! I'm wondering what size hook you used... Did you use sport weight yarn? Just curious. I know all can be adjusted, but just wondering where you started with this.

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      torrilynn 3 years ago

      I think that these crotchet baby outfits are really pretty and unique indeed. thanks for this hub. voted up.

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      Baby Diapers Online 3 years ago

      I am very happy to read your articles it’s very useful for me, 

      and I am completely satisfied with your website. 

      All comments and articles are very useful and very good.

      Your blog is very attention-grabbing. I am loving all of the in.

      turn you are sharing with each one!….

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      Samantha Harris 3 years ago from New York

      Thank you! I haven't had time to make anything new because I just started a new job, but I've been itching to crochet so hopefully I can do more soon.

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      Baby Diapers Online 3 years ago

      I am very happy to read your articles it’s very useful for me, 

      and I am completely satisfied with your website. 

      All comments and articles are very useful and very good.

      Your blog is very attention-grabbing. I am loving all of the in.

      turn you are sharing with each one!….

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      Lynsey Harte 3 years ago from Glasgow

      Voted up, useful and beautiful. The outfits are super cute! Pinning this for later! Thanks :-)

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      Samantha Harris 3 years ago from New York

      Johanna, omg how embarrassing. That really doesn't make any sense at all, does it? I will clean up this pattern when I have the time. I'm so sorry, but until then follow this instead. This should be right:

      Row 7: DC 24

      Row 8: SC 24

      Row 9: DC 24

      Row 10: SC 24

      I haven't the slightest idea why I thought it was okay to write this in such a confusing way.

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      Johanna 3 years ago

      I am currently working on the diaper cover and I am a little stumped on row 7, where it says to repeat rows 4 & 5. Do I count in the same number of stitches ( 11 ) and how many across ? Then what happens when I get to row 9 & 10? What are the stitch counts for each row from 7 - 10? Thank you so much for your quick response to ts matter. Aloha

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      Jessica Holm 3 years ago from Oregon

      so cute!

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      Samantha Harris 3 years ago from New York

      For the diaper cover, the pattern can be adjusted to fit any baby. I would suggest using a diaper as a reference. Also, the straps can be made longer so that it buttons at a bigger size.

      The booties will probably be too small, but if you make the hat just a bit bigger it should help.

      This Hub is more of a guide on the process of making crochet baby clothes then a strict pattern, so there is a lot of room for experimentation. I'm sure you'll be able to adjust it to suit your needs.

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      Chas 3 years ago

      Is this newborn only? I'm looking for a pattern for a 1 year old

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      Samita Sharma 4 years ago from Chandigarh

      OMG its too cute & amazing thing.. thnx dear

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      Samantha Harris 4 years ago from New York

      I started crocheting the skirt directly on the strap part of the diaper cover. I left about a half inch flap before I started though. It actually doesn't matter all that much.

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      Miranda 4 years ago

      I guess Im a little slow but where did you start the skirt at on the diaper cover or how?

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      Barbara Badder 4 years ago from USA

      I shared the link with my crochet group and pinned it. I know they'll like this.

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      LadyS 4 years ago

      Hello, do you sell these sets? I'd love the minnie set but with the mickey mouse shoes instead.

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      Samantha Harris 4 years ago from New York

      Glad you like it! And if your niece is interested in doing this but is a little intimidated encourage her to give it a try anyway. Once you're comfortable with crocheting basics stuff like this is a lot simpler than it may seem.

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      dreamseeker2 4 years ago

      Cute clothes! Will be sharing it on fb, as I have a niece just learning to crochet. She will want to see this! : ) Thanks for sharing it. Voted up and useful.

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      Samantha Harris 4 years ago from New York

      Thanks!

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      craftdrawer 4 years ago

      Great ideas and patterns!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from USA

      These are amazing. I am ready to throw down my crocheting...lol. I took up making different designs when I found out my cousin and daughter were having babies. Since then I have been trying out different patterns. These look like they would be simple and fun. Thanks for posting them!

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      Samantha Harris 4 years ago from New York

      I wouldn't go that far, but thank you so much :D

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Absolutely . . . you are the Queen of Crochet!

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      Samantha Harris 4 years ago from New York

      Keep me in mind if you'd like to commission. :) Congrats on being an Auntie!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Sam,

      This is awesome! Love these Minnie and Mickey baby clothes you made. I will be an Auntie next month, my brother and his wife have their second baby on the way and what a lovely gift this would make for the new arrival!! I may have to get a commission done as I have not crocheted in years. Well done, great work and creativity you have shown!

      Vu, Useful, Interesting, Awesome, Shared and Pinned!!

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      Very cute

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      Priyanka Estambale 4 years ago from United States

      Awesome and cute! Loved them! Thanks for the pattern! :)