These fabric mice, filled with catnip, are brilliant to sew and make as a cat toy.

How to make a mouse cat toy

Finished size: 10 x 5cm plus tail

You will need

  • Tracing paper and pencil
  • 20cm square of patterned cotton fabric
  • 15cm square of coordinating patterned cotton fabric
  • Black stranded cotton embroidery thread
  • 6 x 3cm rectangle of felt
  • No.8 embroidery needle
  • Matching sewing thread
  • Bodkin or safety pin
  • Toy stuffing
  • Dried catnip (optional)

Making paper patterns

Enlarge the pattern on a photocopier so the body measure 13cm and trace off, placing the base on folded tracing paper and matching the fold line against the fold. Mark the arrow, dots, cross and details on each piece. Cut out all the pattern pieces. Open the folded pattern out flat.

Mouse cat toy template

Cutting out

  • Cut one pair of bodies and one base from patterned fabric and snip the notches
  • Cut one 17 x 2.5cm bias strip for the tail from coordinating patterned fabric
  • Cut two ears from felt.

Making the mouse cat toy

Note: Take 6mm seam allowance. Join pieces with right sides together and edges level.

  1. Using three strands of black embroidery thread, embroider the eyes on the right side of the bodies. Fold the tail lengthwise in half. Stitch the long edge. Turn the tail right side out with a bodkin or safety pin. Turn in one end of the tail and slip stitch the end closed.
  2. Pin the raw end of the tail to the right side of onebody at the cross. Pin the bodies together. Stitch the curved edge. Snip the curves and press the seam open.
  3. Pin the body to the base, matching the notches and the ends of the seam to the dots. Snip into the seam allowance of the body either side of the seam so that the seam allowance lays flat.
  4. Tack the body to the base then stitch, leaving a 4cm gap to turn through and taking care not to catch in the extending end of the tail. Snip curves and turn right side out.
  5. Half-fill the mouse with toy stuffing. Add about 1tbsp of dried catnip if using. Continue filling the mouse firmly. Slip stitch the gap securely closed with small stitches.
  6. Tie a knot 1cm from the end of the tail. Using three strands of embroidery thread, embroider the nose with four 6mm long straight stitches across the front of the body seam just above the base.
  7. Fold the ears in half. Oversew the straight edges together. Pin the ears, facing forward, behind the eyes either side of the body seam. Sew the ears securely in place.