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How to Sew a Pocket Pet Mouse Softie
When I was a little girl, I had a mouse that I carried around with me everywhere I went.
A pet mouse you can put in your pocket makes a great lovey or comfort object the kids can easily carry around with them. Send them off to school for the first time, or back to school with a little bit of the safety of home right in their pocket.
Cats love these little mice too! Fill a few up with catnip and watch your furry friend go crazy with joy!
How to Sew a Pocket Pet Mouse Softie: Materials
- Free Pocket mouse sewing pattern
- Wool or acrylic felt
- Embroidery thread or floss
- Wool or Cotton yarn
- Wool or organic cotton stuffing
- Sewing scissors (sewing scissors make it easy to cut felt)
- Disappearing ink pen
- Darning needles
How to Sew a Pocket Pet Mouse Softie: Tutorial
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 pocket pal!
1. Cut out felt and sew the body of the mouse
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 mouse 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 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 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 mouse 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.
2. Sew eyes and a nose onto the mouse face
a) Use a disappearing ink pen to mark where you will put the eyes.
c) Enter between stitches on the side of the body and come out through one eye.
d) Sew a French knot and come out through the other eye. Check out Maggie’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 one I photographed for this tutorial looks more like a duck bill 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 viola’ a mouses nose!
3. Sew whiskers onto the mouse nose
If you will be making more than one mouse, I recommend sewing all of their 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.
c) Trim whisker to the desired length.
d) Repeat until you have 2 or 3 whiskers on each side of the nose. Of course, the mouse I photographed for the tutorial has my least favorite face!
4. Sew on ears (can be done before or after whiskers)
a) Use a disappearing ink pen to mark where you would like to put the ears.
c) Tie a knot on one end of the thread, enter through side stitches, and come up where you will place the ear.
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 mouse.
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.
Send your kids off to day care or school for the first time, or back to school with a little bit of the safety of home right in their pocket.
These little cuties make a fun gift idea kids can make. Friends and family love to receive homemade gifts from the children they love.
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