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fabric remnant mouse

mouse sewing Here is a mouse you can make out of linen canvas and fabric remnants. The flower around the neck is simply crocheted with colored yarn. The eyes are drawn on with a fine-tipped felt pen.

Print out the pattern on stiff paper and cut out each piece. Trace each piece twice on the wrong side of your fabric, except the piece with the asterisk, which should only be traced once. Cut out the fabric, leaving an 8 mm seam allowance around each piece.

Sew seams of legs, arms and ears, right sides facing each other, then turn right side out using a pencil and tweezers. Stuff the arms and legs with wool or kapok and set them aside.

Now sew the two head profiles, right sides facing each other, beginning at the neck and ending at the nose. Carefully stitch the snout/top of head up both sides, beginning at the nose. Stop when you reach where the ears will go (see marks on pattern). Stitch the ears, making sure they are facing the right way, as they are still on the inside. Turn the head right side out and stuff.

mouse sewing1 mouse sewing2 Start sewing the body. Stitch both sides, leaving an opening at the top for the arms (see marks on pattern). Stitch the legs onto the lower part of the body, again making sure they are facing the right way. The legs are still on the inside, and the feet will actually be hanging out of the body at this step. Stitch the arms onto the body. Like the legs, they are still on the inside.

Once you have stuffed the body, sew the shoulders and attach the head with an invisible stitch. Crochet a flower using a chain stitch and tie around the mouse’s neck.

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mouse pattern

February 2007 [sewing]
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