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Felt Mouse Tutorial
You may have seen our previous sensory bin inspired by Laura Numeroff’s If You Take a Mouse to the Movies featuring this cute felt mouse and wondered how it was made. Today, I am finally sharing a photo tutorial so you have step by step instructions on how to make it! Your kids will love playing with this adorable mouse in our latest sensory bin for If You Give a Mouse a Cookie at Enchanted Homeschooling Mom.
Supplies to Make Felt Mouse
- Photo copied page from book
- Blue, Pink & Tan Felt
- Blue, Pink & Tan embroidery thread
- Sewing needles
- Craft glue & paint brush
Step by Step Instructions
Making a mouse out of felt is really easy! Basically we are adding detail to the mouse by layering the felt pieces together. I encourage you to read through all the instructions before starting, so you don’t make any mistakes. Let’s get started!
STEP 1: After photo copying your page from the book, cut off excess paper. You will need two cutouts of tan felt for your mouse, so fold your tan felt in half and pin your paper pattern to the felt. Then carefully cut around the mouse, including his clothes. As you can see in the photo above, I’ve sketched in a little that was cut off in the illustration to make it easier for me when I cut.
Now you have two cutouts! One will be used to add the detailed layers, the other cutout will be glued to the back after all the little felt pieces are sewn on. This will hide all the strings and add a bit of stability to the mouse.
STEP 2: Next draw on some overalls to your mouse template.
STEP 3: Cut out your overall template and pin to your blue felt. Next, carefully cut around your template to make the felt blue overalls.
Ta-da! Now you have an adorable pair of felt blue overalls! You can also use this same technique to make red overalls like Mouse wears in If You Take a Mouse to the Movies!
STEP 4: Pin the mouse’s head to the pink felt. Be sure to pin the ears and nose, as shown. Then carefully cut out the pink ears and nose. Cut out a little pink tongue from the pink felt too. I didn’t use the pattern for this, just did the best I could.
STEP 5: Cut out a small triangular shape for the mouse’s mouth from black felt.
STEP 6: Then using a little bit of craft glue on a small paint brush, glue the tiny pieces to the mouse’s face and body. This will help keep the small pieces from shifting around as you hand-sew them on. I also used a pin for extra security.
STEP 7: Now you are ready to sew! Pull two strands from your thread and carefully stitch around each piece of felt. If don’t know how to hand sewn, I recommend these tutorials from Imagine Our Life.
STEP 8: The last bit of sewing is to add the eye and mouth details using black thread! Plus the details for his little hands using brown thread.
STEP 9: When you are done hand sewing all the pieces on, use the craft glue to attach the second piece of tan felt you cut out at the beginning to cover all the loose threads.
And now you are ready to set up this awesome sensory bin your kids are sure to love, inspired by If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff! Read all about how to set this up at Enchanted Homeschooling Mom.
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