Our cute mouse would make an adorable companion this Christmas. Complete with his festive stocking, he is ready and waiting for the big day. The mouse is simple to sew, comprising of just one piece for the head and one for the body, plus two pieces of recycled knitwear for his tank top.
- Felt: wool, white, 30cm x 1m; cameo pink; red; white
- Recycled jumper, felted Fibre filling
- Wool, brown
- Ric rac: red; white; green
- Braid, flower, white
- Thread: embroidery, red; black; white; strong, doll making
- Buttons: black, two; red, one; white, one
- Ink pad, pale pink
- 19cm x 20cm
Stitch a mouse
Download and print the templates and cut out. Pin the pieces for the head and body onto white wool felt fabric and cut out one of each. Pin the templates for the arms, legs and ears to the white felt and cut out four of each shape. Cut out two pieces for the tail. For the hands and feet, cut out two of each shape from pink felt.
With right sides facing, place two arm pieces together and sandwich a hand in between facing inwards. Pin all of the pieces together and machine stitch around three sides, leaving the end without the hand open. Turn the right way and stuff evenly with fibre filling. Make the remaining arm and the two legs in the same way and put to one side.
Sew the darts into the body section and using embroidery scissors, cut out the holes for the arms as indicated on the pattern. Turn the body section to the wrong side and push an arm through the hole from the right side. Line up the raw edges of the arm seams with the darts and pin into position, then hand sew into place using strong doll making thread. Sew the other arm into place in the same way. With right sides facing, pin the back seam together, leaving an 8cm gap in the centre for turning and machine stitch into place.
Sew the dart into the head section as indicated on the pattern. With right sides facing, fold the head into a cone, pin the straight edges together and machine stitch into place. Sew the dart into one of the ear sections as indicated on the pattern. With right sides facing, place the two ear pieces legs into the leg holes and hand sew into place as for the arms.
Thread a darning needle with brown wool for the hair and make a few loops between the ears, knotting securely between each one as you do so. Pin and machine stitch the tail sections together, turn the right way and stuff with fibre filling. Cut out a small hole for the tail as indicated on the pattern and hand sew into place as for the arms and legs.
Using black embroidery thread, sew on the nose, mouth and two black buttons for eyes, as shown. Stuff the head and body with fibre filling until well rounded then sew up the gap with neat ladder stitches. Apply a little pink colour from the ink pad to the nose and cheeks of the mouse.
Sew a tank top
- Pin the pattern for the tank top back and front onto a recycled felted jumper and cut out the pieces. With right sides facing, pin them together and machine stitch, leaving a gap at the armholes. Turn under the raw edges at the armholes and sew with back stitches. Cut off a 5cm wide strip of ribbing from the base of the recycled jumper and hand sew to the neck of the tank top. Fold the cut edge over to the wrong side and hand sew into place. Stitch a strip of red ric rac to the base of the tank top. Embroider star stitches in red and white on the back and front to finish.
Make a stocking
- Pin the template for the stocking onto red felt and cut out two pieces. Cut a 3cm square of white felt and sew to the front of the stocking using blanket stitch and black embroidery thread. Add strips of white and green ric rac and ribbon to decorate, plus sew in a loop for hanging. Stitch red and white buttons into place, as shown. Turn over 1.5cm at the top of the stocking and stitch on a row of flower braid to decorate. Place the stocking pieces together and machine stitch around the shape, then stuff.