Sew a pocket pet mouse softie with the kids as a beginning sewing project! A pet mouse you can put in your pocket makes a great lovey or comfort object the kids can easily carry around with them. Cats love to play with a felt mouse softie too. Fill a few felt mice up with catnip and watch your furry friend go crazy with joy!
Join the sew a softie initiative by learning how to sew a pocket pet mouse with your child! Sew a softie promotes creating an easy to sew softie or plush animal with a needle and thread to connect with the kids.
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How to Sew a Felt Mouse Softie: A Beginning Sewing Project for Kids and Adults of all Ages!
A pet mouse you can put in your pocket makes a great lovey or comfort object the kids can easily carry around with them. When I was a little girl, I had a mouse that I carried around with me everywhere I went. Send the kids off to school, camp, or a trip with a little bit of the safety of home right in their pocket.
Felt Mouse Softie Materials
- Free Pocket mouse beginning sewing pattern
- Heavyweight cardstock
- Wool or acrylic felt
- Embroidery thread or floss
- Wool or Cotton yarn
- Wool stuffing or organic cotton stuffing
- Sewing scissors (sewing scissors make it easy to cut felt)
- Disappearing ink pen
- Darning needles, or sewing needles
How to Sew a Pocket Pet Mouse Softie: Beginning Sewing Project Step by Step Directions
Getting creative with your children is a great way to spend time with them.
Sewing also has the benefit of helping kids develop the fine motor muscles in their hand necessary for writing and other forms of handwork such as knitting or modeling.
These little cuties make a fun gift idea kids can make! Another cute option is THIS pocket kitty by Swoodson says.
Invite your child to follow the steps below with your assistance to make their own felt mouse pocket pal!
Step 1 – Download and Print Free Mouse Softie Beginning Sewing Pattern
Download and print our free mouse softie beginning sewing pattern out onto a heavyweight cardstock. Alternatively, you can draw your own mouse softie pattern onto cardstock to use as a template. Cardstock makes a nice thick template to trace to cut out the pattern.
Step 2 – Cut out the felt and sew the body of the felt mouse softie
a) Use a disappearing ink pen to trace pattern pieces onto felt.
c) Use a blanket, whip, or running stitch to sew the top and bottom of the felt mouse softie body together. Blanket stitch is shown in the photo collage below. To learn how to sew these simple stitches visit Red Ted Art! Maggy has put together a wonderful post complete with video tutorials of the basic stitches to make it easy for you to sew a softie!
d) Thread your largest darning needle with yarn to make a mouse tail. Tie a big knot on one end so it can not be pulled through the stitches. Insert the needle into the body and out between two stitches to create a simple mouse tail. Pull off needle and trim tail to the desired length. Use the same color, a contrasting color, a complementary color, or a variegated yarn to produce an ombre tail! Check out the tails on some of the mice in the photos above!
e) Stuff felt mouse softie body with wool, cotton, or recycled stuffing. Old unloved or well used plush animals make great donors to new softies!
f) Complete sewing the body of the mouse together with the stitch you began with. Again, the photos show blanket stitch.
Step 3 – Sew the eyes and a nose onto the felt mouse softie face
a) Use a disappearing ink pen to mark where you will put the eyes.
c) Enter between stitches on the side of the felt mouse softie body and come out through one eye.
d) Sew a French knot and come out through the other eye. Check out Maggy’s tutorial to learn how to sew a French knot if you need to.
e) Sew another french knot for the second eye and come out through the tip of the mouse’s nose.
f) Use a satin stitch to sew the nose. I tried this many different ways and of course, the felt mouse softie I photographed for this tutorial looks more like a duckbill than a mouses nose! Not to worry, they all turn out great no matter how you stitch them.
g) Tie it off on your last few stitches, come out through the stitches in the side, cut the thread, and voila’ a pocket pet mouses nose!
Step 4 – Sew the whiskers onto the felt mouse softie nose
If you will be making more than one pocket pet mouse, I recommend sewing all of the mice whiskers on at the same time to make it easy. Start with a nice long piece of embroidery thread and you will only have to thread the needle once!
a) Thread darning needle with embroidery thread.
b) Tie a knot on one end of the thread and enter through side stitches.
Bring the needle through the nose and out in the direction that you want the whisker to point on your felt mouse softie.
c) Trim pocket pet mouse whiskers to the desired length.
d) Repeat until you have 2 or 3 whiskers on each side of the felmouse’s nose. Of course, the mouse I photographed for the tutorial has my least favorite face!
Step 5 – Sew the ears on felt mouse softie (can be done before or after whiskers)
a) Use a disappearing ink pen to mark where you would like to put the ears on your felt mouse softie.
c) Tie a knot on one end of the thread, enter through side stitches, and come up where you will place the ear of your pocket pet mouse.
d) Use a running or whip stitch to attach the ears.
e) Tie it off, come out through side stitches and trim thread so that it disappears into the body of the felt mouse softie.
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Felt Mouse Softie Beginning Sewing Project for Kids and Adults of All Ages
Sew a pocket pet mouse softie with the kids as a beginning sewing project! A felt mouse you can put in your pocket makes a great lovey or comfort object the kids can easily carry around with them.
Send your kids off to camp, daycare or back to school with a little bit of the safety of home right in their pocket. More fun pocket pets are these adorable lovebirds. Click on the link for the step by step sewing tutorial!
Both make wonderful handmade gifts from the children in their lives. For more homemade gift ideas kids can make click on the link!
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