Gifts for Pets: Catnip Mouse Toy Pattern

This is Day 5 of Twleve Days of Gifts Kids Can Make!

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!

Easy Catnip Mouse Sewing Pattern

Easy Catnip Mouse Sewing Pattern

Catnip Mouse Materials

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

Catnip

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Small yarn needle

How to Make a Catnip Mouse

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:

Catnip Mouse Tutorial

Catnip Mouse Tutorial

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)!

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Stuffing the Mouse Toy

Stuffing the Mouse Toy

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.

Finishing the Mouse Toy

Finishing the Mouse Toy

Before you tie off the thread, sew the nose into place.

Sewing on the Mouse Toy Nose

Sewing on the Mouse Toy Nose

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.

Attaching the yarn mouse tail

Attaching the yarn mouse tail

Tie off the yarn tail and clip the excess

Tie off the yarn tail and clip the excess

Use fabric glue to attach the ears and eyes – and your catnip mouse toy is all done!

Easy Catnip Mouse Sewing Pattern

Finished Catnip Mouse Toy

Remember, this is Day 5 of Twleve Days of Gifts Kids Can Make! 5 down, 7 more to go!

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Founder and CEO of Woo! Jr. Kids Activities, Wendy loves creating crafts, activities and printables that help teachers educate and give parents creative ways to spend time with their children.

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