Today’s story is a Felt Crafts DIY with Video Tutorial and felt review. Enjoy this free pattern to make your own Felt Mouse. It’s a favorite softie toy with little girls.
Do you ever try out something new, and then love it like crazy? Then you will totally understand how I feel about felt crafts. Oh my gosh! So fun! And talk about CUTE!
See what I mean? I absolutely loved making these little mouse softies! I have not hand sewn anything since high school, so I had to learn how to do French Knots and back stitches all over again. But thankfully, there’s Youtube to help me out. How did I come about making these adorable little mousies?
Well, first of all. Let’s get real. It’s the middle of summer here in the US, and my knitting mojo is a little bit on the low side right now. It’s downright depressing. I have a couple of projects I’m enjoying, but even in the air conditioning, it’s a little bit hot to be handling a big, wool scarf. But being the obsessive crafter that I am, I don’t want to just limp along until October with crafting projects.
Enter my friends Busy Little Bird and Swoodson Says. Deanna from Busy Little Bird sells felt craft supplies, and being the classic Magpie that most crafters are, I was enamored by her shop offerings. If it’s colorful and happy, you know it’s going to grab my attention. Can you relate? And Busy Little Bird is a huge bright spot on the internet. Stephanie from Swoodson Says published the most adorable cat felt craft on her blog, and I have wanted to make since I first saw it. So….I asked her if she would mind me making her craft and then sharing it here with you on the blog. And she was happy to oblige. Long story short, Deanna and I decided to collaborate on the Stephanie’s project and cohost a Make Along!
“But Patty”, you say, “That’s a mouse in the photo. That’s definitely not a cat.”
And you would be correct. Because my brain never stops concocting ideas of things to make (or bake), I came up with the brilliant idea that the kitten needed a friend. What is a more perfect friend for a kitten than a mouse? Deanna agreed and drafted this precious pattern. I crafted a series of mice, and then made a video tutorial showing you my process.
Can you even handle this amount of cuteness? Oh my word. I had so much fun sewing these little creatures. And the craft supplies Deanna sent me from her shop Busy Little Bird were amazing. She even included the die cut hearts and the unicorn scissors! This is the nicest felt! I have used felt in my pom pom bunny crafts, but it was nothing like this. I’m definitely sold on using this felt for all future felt crafting projects. I can promise you, there will be more.
A felt craft is the cutest surprise to make for your kids as they go back to school.
Make a little something for them and hide it in their bookbag. Then when they get to school, and pull out that first book, a precious little toy will be waiting for them! Even a grumpy teenager is going to get a big smile finding something special like this little mouse tucked in their back pack. It’s a sweet way to say, “I’m thinking about you,” without having to get mushy. Kid’s don’t like mushy. So here’s a way to feed your inner need for mush without driving your kids or grandkids crazy. Brief disclaimer here…we tested out these toys on kids and the girls definitely responded more favorably than the boys. If we can find something with super heroes or things of more interest to little boys, we will! But if you have a little girl in your life, I can pretty much guarantee these little felt crafts will be a huge hit.
If you are concerned about sewing, you can skip that part and glue your mouse body together. I think they are both really cute. I love the folk art touch the hand stitched edge gave my mouse, but honestly the glued one is just as cute. So don’t let the sewing be a barrier to this project.
Here’s my supply list:
- Two colors of felt
- Three colors of embroidery floss
- Embroidery needle
- Something to make a tail. I used twine, but you could use yarn or even embroidery floss.
- Tacky Glue
- Polyester pillow stuffing
- Fabric Scissors
- Paper cutting scissors
- Pattern from Busy Little Bird
- Optional** ribbon trim and yarn to tie a bow on the mouse’s tail
Put it all together, and this is what you get!
Next week we will get to see how the Kittens came out, but for now here’s my video tutorial on how to make these precious felt craft mice.
Be sure to follow me on Instagram @pattymacknits and Busy Little Bird on her Instagram @busylittlebird this month to participate in our very informal make along. Feel free to ask questions and to share your projects with us.
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