Did your lil kitty get everything her heart desired over the holidays? If you've got extra time to kill – or think your pal could use an extra toy to kill – check out these one-of-a-kind catnip mice. Wouldn't you rather see this laying around than a real mouse?!
Get started on the DIY project spotted by a pal of mine (Thanks, Casa!) by gathering the following supplies:
- Patterned fabric for mouse body
- Scrap fabric, preferably with a loose weave, for catnip pouch
- Cotton cord, ribbon, or rick rack for the tail
- Embroidery floss for face details
- Polyfil stuffing
- Needle and thread
Get instructions when you
- Print out this pattern and cut out fabric as shown.
- Tie a knot at one end of the cord for the tail and set aside.
- For catnip core pouch, fold fabric and half, stitch two sides, add catnip, sew closed, and set aside.
- Embroider a mouse face on the main fabric.
- Lightly mark small circles on one side piece (two pins seen above towards the left side), the large circles on both side pieces (the blue dot), and begin by sewing the two sides together as shown (along the green dotted line) skipping the pinned parts.
- Pin the tail at the large circle, match the slightly pointy end of the bottom piece to the large circle on the sides and pin together. Then sew back-and-forth, alternating sewing from tail to nose on one side and nose to tail on the other for reinforcement but don't sew between the two small circles.
- Turn mouse right-side-out, gently poke out the nose with a pin. Add polyfill, catnip pouch and a bell or crinkly stuff if your pet's into that sort of the thing making sure to bury it well.
- Sew the mouse closed and hand it off to kitty to enjoy!
(See the detailed instructions with step-by-step photos on Craftster.)