Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Mice! (with links out to free sewing patterns)

Yes, our home was invade by mice today. Luckily they were of the wool felt variety, and not at all furry and pesty.

Last night the baby girl cheerfully told me that she wanted a mouse. His name would be Squeaky and he would be brown. Since her demand/request came rather late in the evening I told her I'd see what I could do the next day.

Well...this morning came and a quick web search yielded two free patterns and tutorials for sewing up mice.

I began with this tutorial from Jodie Carlton who blogs at Ric Rac. The instructions have you working with a woven wool fabric, but I didn't have any solid brown and the baby girl requested brown. Instead, I went with all wool felt for her Squeaky mouse.

Since I sewed the entire mouse by hand it took several hours and I worked on it most of the day. I imagine if you use a woven wool fabric and use your sewing machine it would be a much quicker project.

Since Squeaky was looking so lonely I decided later in the evening to try my hand at a simple mouse. The wining pattern was this one by Shannon who blogs at Rhythm & Rhyme. This little mouse was very quick and easy and I finished him in under an hour from start to finish. Again, he was hand sewn using wool felt.

The girls are thrilled with their new mice and are currently playing very loudly with their peg doll gnomes, felt owls, and new mice. :)

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