I first made the large mouse you see in the picture a few months ago, I wanted to put together a simple catnip toy for my cat, Pendle, but for some reason got the measurements wrong and ended up with something pretty substantial. My imagination took over and I began creating for the mouse a pointy hat and cape, and even added a little potion bottle in it’s paw!
Now it’s October, and I’ve finally got my own paws on some green felt. I thought it would be sweet to make a little apprentice mouse for the big witch and decided I would take some pictures as I went so I could share the process. It’s very simple 🙂
It’s best to start with drawing a circle on paper, this way you can already tell what sort of size you want the mouse as this is the base. The one I used was probably around an inch across. Next draw the (sort of) triangle body, the bottom width of the triangle should be half the circumference of the circle you made. The straight length of the triangle should be as long as you wish your mouse to be as tall, in my case this was 3 inches. Then draw a slightly curved line to complete the shape. Cut out the two paper shapes. Pin the triangle to a folded piece of felt, this will create double as you see above. Then cut out the circle, you only need one of these.
Fold the triangle together and begin to stitch along the mouses back. Once you are over 3/4 down, add the stuffing. I used balls of cotton wool. Poke the stuffing into the mouses nose using a cocktail stick. After this, stitch the circle to the bottom. You may wish to include something heavy at the bottom to weight the mouse down. I used a small decorative pebble. Before you finish remember the tail! I used plaited ribbon. Tah dah, the body is complete!
For the brim of the witches hat you can use the same circle you used for the base of the mouse, then all you need is a cone type shape. Cut one piece of each. Stitch the point of the hat the same as with the mouse’s body. Stuff again with cotton wool and stitch on the brim. Sew this onto the mouse, along with two little oval shaped ears. All that’s left is the two little beady eyes and a nose. I made mine using thread, though you could use beads or sequins etc.
And there you have it, the cutest little mice you ever did see! From there you could add all sorts of little accessories, have fun with it! Remember though if you are going to fill it with catnip and give it to your cat, to not use beads or small parts or anything that could hurt your feline chum. Happy sewing 🙂