If you have kitties, then this is a super-awesome and simple sewing project. Better yet, you can use scrap fabric or felt, and use your own catnip or buy it for a $1 buck at the dollar store. It is simple enough that as long as your child can handle scissors and a needle and thread, they can make this sewing project all by themselves – or with a little help from an adult, even a 3-4 year old can sew it!
5″ inch square piece of felt or scrap fabric
(2) 1/2″ inch pom poms for ears, (1) 1/4″ inch pom pom for nose, (2) 1/8″ inch pom poms for eyes
6″ inches or so length of yarn for tail
Pillow stuffing or cotton balls
Small yarn needle
Print the free pattern for the stuffed mouse, and cut out one piece of fabric in the heart shape.
Fold the heart in half and use a whipstitch or blanket stitch to sew the mouse closed, leaving a 1 1/2″ inch opening at the bottom of the heart as shown:
Here’s a quick video to demonstrate the whipstitch:
Turn the mouse inside out and stuff it tightly with your catnip and stuffing or cotton balls. Be sure to get a lot of catnip in there (even more than you see in this picture)!
After you’re done stuffing the mouse toy, stitch the opening closed squishing the end into the shape a ‘Y’ to make a spot for the pom pom nose.
Before you tie off the thread, sew the nose into place.
With a small yarn needle, pull through one stitch with the yarn tail. Adults might need to help little children with this step because the yarn is a little thick to pull through the hole.
Use fabric glue to attach the ears and eyes – and your catnip mouse toy is all done!
Remember, this is Day 5 of Twleve Days of Gifts Kids Can Make! 5 down, 7 more to go!