Sew a Poseable Miniature Mouse or Christmas Mouse Decoration From Felt

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    Make a Miniature Poseable Mouse From Felt and Wire

    Poseable miniature mouse for a Christmas decoration, made from felt over a wire armature.
    Photo © Lesley Shepherd

    This adorable miniature mouse is a fairly easy hand sewing project. Make your first mouse from felt, then experiment with a mischief of mice made from fine velvet, teddy bear fabric or Ultrasuede. The mice can be given different personalities by adjusting the printable pattern slightly to give them shorter faces, round stuffed cheeks, ears in different positions, and chubbier, well-stuffed bellies. You can make them with or without a wire armature. The armature allows you to pose your mice in various positions. More easy to sew felt animals include the miniature hippopotamus and the miniature rabbit.

    To Make a Miniature Felt Mouse You Will Need

    • Suitable Fabric - We show the mouse made from a small piece of off-white wool felt. You can also make them from short pile velvets, teddy bear fabrics and Ultrasuede, even leather. Felt is the best fabric to experiment with for your first mouse. In addition to the body fabric, you will need a small amount of pink or pale orange felt for the legs, feet, and paws.
    • Sewing Thread - We used standard sewing thread to match the fabric.
    • Fine Needle
    • Sharp Scissors
    • Embroidery Thread a small amount of black thread is used to embroider the nose and mouth details.
    • Tiny Beads - We used small black seed beads for eyes.​
    • The coloring of the nose and insides of the ears. We used a fabric felt pen, but pastels and colored pencils or fabric paints will work as well.
    • Wire We used standard florist wire, 24 gauge or anything that will make you a fairly stiff armature. You could also use fine pipe cleaners.
    • Wire Cutters and Pliers
    • Quilt Batting or cotton batting for stuffing the mouse to shape.
    • Hemostats or Bent Nose Tweezers to help stuff the mouse.
    • PVA (white) glue or fabric glue
    • Printable Pattern for body pieces. 

    The miniature Christmas stocking the mouse is holding in the photo can be made from one of the three charts for Christmas stockings on the miniatures site.

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  • 02 of 17

    Make the Basic Wire Armature for a Miniature Felt Mouse

    Twisting arm wires into the main torso wire of an armature for a miniature mouse.
    The wire for the arms of the mouse armature is twisted with the sections for the body and legs to give it strength. Photo © Lesley Shepherd

    This step is optional but will allow you to create a miniature felt mouse which can be posed in many positions.

    To make the armature, cut the two pieces of wire according to the directions on the plan. One will be roughly 6 1/2 inches (16 cm) long, the other will be roughly 8 inches (20 cm) long. Fold the longest wire in half, making a loop at the halfway point. Twist the wire once or twice below the loop to join the two wire legs back together to form a neck. Spread out the two ends of the wire.

    To add the arms securely to the armature for the miniature mouse, lay the arm wire across the body and head wire from the previous step, setting the wire for the arms just below the twisted sections for the neck (see photo). Twist the arm wire over the two ends of the main body wire anchoring it securely as shown in the photo. Proceed to the next step to finish the armature.

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    Finish the Armature for the Miniature Mouse

    Twisted wire armature ready to insert into the body of a miniature felt mouse.
    The twisted wire armature ready to set into the felt body of a miniature mouse. Photo © Lesley Shepherd

    Finish the wire armature for the miniature felt mouse by gathering the two body/leg wires back together, leaving the arm wires free. Twist the body leg wires a few times to form a torso, then separate the leg wires as shown in the photo. You can adjust the lengths of the legs and arms when you add the armature to the mouse body.

    If You Want a Standing Mouse

    If you want to make your mouse more stable when it stands, you may want to bend the bottom of the leg wire into loops or triangles. We left ours as single wires, as we will be hanging our mouse, or having it sit on something most of the time. Making triangles or loops in the foot wires may require you to need a longer body wire for the armature. The loops or triangles will also affect the way you can trim the feet to shape and make the toes, so experiment a bit to find something that makes your mouse pose properly for you. Adding 'hips' by bending the legs on your wire armature out to the sides, then down, will also help to balance the body of your mouse better if you want to try to make it stand. Again, you will probably need a longer body wire to allow for this.​

     

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  • 04 of 17

    Sew the Leg Sections on the Miniature Felt Mouse

    Leg sections on the bottom of felt body parts are stitched to form legs for a felt mouse.
    Stitch the leg sections on each of the two body pieces for the miniature mouse, matching the markings and sewing a small backstitched seam as shown. Photo © Lesley Shepherd

    Begin sewing the felt mouse body by sewing the leg edges on each body section together at the base of the body. Match the bottom of the leg across one section of the body and use a simple backstitch to stitch a seam very close to the edge of the felt as shown. Sew the leg on both body sections, then use your hemostats or bent nose tweezers to turn the legs right side out with the seams on the inside.

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    Sew the Two Mouse Body Sections Together

    Sewing the body sections of a miniature felt mouse.
    With the legs turned to the inside, the right sides of the miniature felt mouse body are sewn together, beginning at the front head opening (see pattern) and continuing around the body, keeping the legs free, until you reach the neck edge at the back. Photo © Lesley Shepherd

    To finish the mouse body, take the two body sections so the finished legs are between the two sections, and match the outer edges of the body as shown, lining up the inner seam lines of the mouse legs at the base of the body. (The legs are inside the body pieces at the bottom).

    Beginning at the base of the marked neck opening on the curved side of the body piece, stitch the two pieces together around the outside of the body piece, keeping the legs free as you carefully backstitch around the outer edge of the body pieces joining them together. Continue stitching until you reach the top edge of the body back and tie off your thread.

    Turn the body right side out by using the neck opening you left unstitched at the front (curved side) of the body.

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    Fit the Wire Armature in the Felt Mouse Body

    Wire armature fitted into the body of a miniature felt mouse.
    Wire armature fitted into the felt body of a miniature mouse, prior to stuffing the body. Photo © Lesley Shepherd

    With your body neatly sewn together and turned right side out, fit the wire armature inside your miniature mouse. The loop of the armature for the head will be at the top of the neck opening on the front of the body, the leg wires will go out the bottoms of the leg openings, and the arms will be pushed through the fabric below the neck opening where the shoulders will be. (see photo).

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  • 07 of 17

    Stuff the Body of the Miniature Felt Mouse

    Felt body of a miniature mouse showing the wire armature.
    The body of the miniature mouse is stuffed with filling, and the arms are curved on the ends after they have been cut to length. Photo © Lesley Shepherd

    Take small amounts of your quilt batting or stuffing, and use your tweezers or hemostats to fill the base of the legs on the mouse body, making sure you add stuffing on either side of the armature wires. Continue to stuff the body tightly, filling out the stomach and back of the mouse on either side of the wire. When you are finished your mouse body should be solid, not limp, and the wire armature should be thoroughly padded and not visible.

    When you have stuffed the body, trim the arms to the length you want, leaving roughly 1/4 inch to turn for loops to support the paws (see photo). Use your pliers to make loops on the ends of the arm wires.

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  • 08 of 17

    Sew the Head Seam for the Miniature Felt Mouse

    Sewing the felt piece that makes the head of a miniature mouse.
    The felt head piece for a miniature felt mouse is folded in half, and sewn from the tip of the nose to the back of the head. Photo © Lesley Shepherd

    To assemble the head of the miniature mouse, fold the headpiece in half lengthwise as shown. Use the backstitch to stitch the seam from the tip of the nose (narrowest end of the head as shown) to the top of the side at the widest section, leave the top of the head unstitched as shown.​

    Turn the head right side out, with the seam inside the head. Take care to turn the nose end carefully to make the nose a rounded point.

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    Stitch the Head of the Miniature Felt Mouse to the Neck Opening

    Sew the head of a miniature felt mouse to the opening at the top of the body.
    The head of the miniature felt mouse is sewn to the opening at the top of the body, with the nose seam facing down, and the head at right angles to the body. Photo © Lesley Shepherd

    The head of the miniature mouse is stitched to the neck opening at right angles to the body (see photo) with the seam of the head facing down. You can begin with a backstitch where you can sew the inside of the head to the inside of the neck, and finish with a ladder stitch or a hidden hemming stitch to join the final seam of the head to the neck. It is best to start and end your join on the underside of the head where the stitches will not be noticed.

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    Glue the Feet and Lower Legs to Your Miniature Felt Mouse

    Felt legs are wrapped and glued to wire for a miniature mouse.
    The felt legs and feet are wrapped and glued around the wire armature for the miniature mouse legs. Photo © Lesley Shepherd

    To add the feet and legs to the lower body of your miniature mouse, first use a needle or tweezers to open the ends of the legs where they touch the wire. Felt often curls to the inside, and you want your openings to be wide, with no curled edges. Check the rest of the steps on making feet so you understand them, and trim the wires at the bottom of the legs so you will be able to bend them at right angles for the foot.

    Apply glue to one side of the straight half of a leg and foot section. Pull the ends of the legs on the body up the wire towards the body to keep them temporarily out of the way, and roll the glued section of felt around the leg wire, keeping enough wire free to bend underneath the wider section of felt to make a foot.(see photo) Glue the roll of felt around the wire so that the seam is at the back of where the foot will be. Allow the felt wrapped around the leg to dry, then apply a thin band of glue to the top of the felt roll on the leg and use tweezers or a needle to gently pull the loose leg section on the body down over the felt on the leg, trimming the glued felt section if necessary to allow the leg section on the body to cover it. Allow the glue at the join of the body leg and the felt leg to dry thoroughly.

    Note: If you are not adding an armature to your mouse, roll the felt for the foot as if you were gluing it to a wire and insert and glue it into the opening at the bottom of the body on the leg. Leave to dry.

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    Finish and Trim the Feet on the Miniature Felt Mouse

    Turning the base section of the felt mouse foot over the wire armature
    The wide foot section of a miniature mouse foot is pulled backward over the wire armature and glued to the top section of the felt mouse foot. Once the glue dries,the foot is trimmed to shape, and toes are separated. Photo © Lesley Shepherd

    To finish the feet on your miniature mouse, apply glue to the underside of the wide section of felt you left free on the foot, and fold that section of felt back over the wire, or over the other side of the foot if you aren't using a wire (see photo). Allow the foot to dry, then trim the outside edges to shape for a mouse foot. Use sharp scissors to cut tiny toes into the mouse foot, trimming the ends to make them slightly rounded.

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    Add Paws to the Arms of a Miniature Mouse

    Felt paws are fitted to the wire armature of a miniature mouse
    The felt paw pieces for the miniature mouse are wrapped and glued around the wire armature, glueing the wider section over the wire loops. Photo © Lesley Shepherd

    To make the paws on the ends of the wire arms of your mouse, glue the straight end of the felt paw section and roll it around the wire, setting the seam to be at the back of the arm.

    Glue the wide end of the felt to itself at the end of the wire, using the wider section of felt to cover the loops you made to support the paws.

    Use sharp scissors to trim the paws and cut small 'fingers' into them.

    If you are using a wire armature for your miniature mouse, add the paws to the wire as outlined. If you have no wire armature, glue the felt of the paws and roll them to shape, then insert them into the open end of the arms in the next step.

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    Fit the Arms to Your Miniature Felt Mouse

    Covering the arms of a miniature mouse with felt.
    The felt arm pieces for a miniature mouse are sewn halfway down from the wide end, fitted over the hand to go over the wire, then stuffed and sewn closed around the paw, and sewn to the shoulder. Photo © Lesley Shepherd

    To fit the arms on your miniature mouse, first fold the arm in half lengthwise and sew the top third of the widest part of the arm using the backstitch to make a fine seam.

    Turn the arm right side out, and gently pull the sewn section of the arm onto the wire over the paw. Tuck a little padding into the sewn upper section of the arm, then stitch (or glue) the open section of the arm so it covers the end of the arm section of the paw. Keep the seam to the back of the arm.

    Sew the top of the arm to the body at the shoulder using invisible hemming or slip stitches.

    If you are not using a wire armature for your mouse, insert the rolled felt end of the paw arm into the lower unstitched end of the arm, and stitch or glue the arm together. Stitch the arm to the body just below the head to make the shoulder.

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    Add the Ears and Tail to Your Miniature Felt Mouse

    Ears are colored and sewn to the head seam of a miniature felt mouse.
    The inner section of the ears of a miniature felt mouse can be colored with pastels or felt pens, before the ears are sewn in place to the seam join at the back of the mouse head. Photo © Lesley Shepherd

    To add a bit of color to the inner ears of your mouse, you can color the ear with a fabric felt pen, felt pen, colored pencils or pastels leaving the edges of the ear free of color. Pinch the base of the ear slightly to make a cup shape, and stitch the base of the ear to the back of the head at the seam between the body and the head as shown.

    To Make the Tail

    Take the triangular tailpiece and apply glue to one side. Beginning at the thickest end, roll the felt triangle across lengthwise to form a tail, keeping the glued seamline as even as possible. Allow the tail to dry, then sew the thick end to the back of the miniature mouse.

     

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    Add Whiskers, Eyes, Nose and Mouth to a Miniature Felt Mouse

    Sewing bead eyes and embroidery floss whiskers onto the face of a miniature felt mouse.
    Simple bead eyes and floss whiskers are sewn to the face of a miniature felt mouse. The eyes are pulled together by tightening the thread to shape the face. Photo © Lesley Shepherd

    To finish the face of your miniature felt mouse you need to add the mouth, nose, eyes, and whiskers.

    For the nose and mouth, color the nose of the mouse with the same soft pink or orange you used for the inside of the ears. Don't make it too bright. Use dark brown or black embroidery or sewing thread and stitch on either side of the nose, then down a bit of the underseam of the face as shown. If you wish you can give the mouse the effect of a smile by making two small stitches back from the stitch on the underseam, going out slightly on either side of the face.

    For the whiskers, use a silk embroidery floss or fly tying floss and take a stitch to anchor the floss on either side of the face just in back of the nose. Separate the floss with the end of a pin, and trim it to the correct length for your mouse's face.

    To make the eyes, take a stitch into the face where you want to place an eye and then sew a small bead to the face. If you are making a mouse for a child, use large french knots in embroidery thread for eyes instead of beads, and don't use a wire armature for the mouse. Once you have one bead or knot in place for the eye, take your thread through the face to the other side, and add the second bead or knot, drawing up the thread between the two eyes to pull the eyes into the face to give it some shape. Take the thread for the eyes out the back of the head at the seam, or under the head at the seam and tie the thread off, clipping any loose ends.

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    What Size Is the Miniature Felt Mouse?

    Handsewn poseable felt mouse shown beside a Playmobil figure for size.
    Handsewn miniature felt mouse shown beside a Playmobil adult figure for scale. Photo © Lesley Shepherd

    Here for a size comparison is the miniature felt mouse with a Playmobil adult figure. The miniature mouse sewn according to the pattern pieces is roughly the size of a 1:24 scale adult. You can adjust the height and 'weight' of the miniature mouse by shortening the body, or making the curve of the stomach larger or smaller before you cut the body pieces. You can also shorten the length of the mouse head to create a different character for your mouse collection.

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    More Animals to Make to Accompany the Miniature Felt Mouse

    Miniature felt mouse shown beside an easy to sew felt hippopotamus for size.
    Miniature felt mouse shown with an easy to sew felt hippopotamus. Photo © Lesley Shepherd

    The miniatures site has instructions for a number of other animals that will go with the miniature felt mouse. These are all slightly easier projects to make than the felt mouse.

    • Make a Miniature Felt Hippopotamus - this is a very easy sewing project for a beginner, the hippopotamus makes up to roughly the same size as the mouse.
    • Make Churchill the Polar Bear - The polar bear is smaller than either the hippopotamus or the mouse, but if you want it the same size, the pattern is easy to enlarge.

    Make Clothing for Your Tiny Animals

    If you wish to make clothing for your animals, there is a simple pattern for a dress which was made to fit the miniature hippopotamus. You can also adapt clothing made for small figures, the clothing for Only Hearts Club Lil Kids will fit many dollhouse scale child dolls, as well as the mouse and the Hippopotamus which are roughly the size of 1:12 scale child dolls.