Toy Mouse DIY
What you will need:
8.5 x 11” piece of paper
Paper scissors and Fabric scissors
3 straight pins
18” x 12” piece of cotton
Pencil or pen
2 discarded old socks, knee highs or tights (washed please!)
Hand sewing needle
Thread the same colour as the fabric
8” of yarn – contrasting colour
**Catnip, if it is for a cat
I use dollar store scissors for cutting paper and my good scissors for fabric. Paper will dull the blades.
** Most pet food stores sell catnip in small bags
Fabricland will cut and sell ½ yard of fabric
Walmart sells precut cotton pieces that are 18”x21”
Using two shorter lengths of thread is easier to use that one long one!
Fold the piece of paper with the short sides together and crease
Draw a ½ heart using most of the page
Cut out along your drawn line
The paper, once it is opened up reveals a heart – this is your template when it is closed
Fold your fabric with the short sides together and the wrong side exposed
Fold your paper heart back in half
Place the template fold along the fabric fold
Draw around the template with pen or pencil
Remove template and pin the inside of the half heart
Cut out the mouse shape with your fabric scissors
Cut the yarn to length
Cut 20” of thread x 2
Thread the needle, double the thread and knot the end twice
Place the yarn on the inside of the round mouse bum sticking out about 1”
Knot the end of the yarn and pin on the outside of mouse so it does not move
Pin to keep fabric from moving
Sew around the open edge from the left at 1/4” seam allowance to the center with a running stitch catching the tail yarn.
Knot your stitching at both ends
Sew from the right side towards the center leaving an opening 3 fingers wide on the top and knot
Turn the mouse right side out gently, poke the nose and bum into shape with your baby finger
The yarn tail will be on the outside
Cut the sock, tights or nylons into 1/2” strips, roll them up and insert one by one into the mouse till nice and fat! It took 1 ½ knee socks for my mouse.
**If you wish to include catnip, make a mini pouch with a 2” strip of sock. Fold and stitch around one side and add about 1 teaspoon of catnip, fold and stitch up the remaining side. Add this little bag to the center of the mouse belly.
Tuck in and pin the open edges to the inside and stitch up the remaining area with a slip stitch.
I hope your pet enjoys this project by Hat Frenzy!