Some people are born cat people. I wasn’t. It’s been a slow process but I’ve finally come around to loving cats, especially since I inherited two in an awkward post-breakup situation. Even though my kitties are the ultimate scaredy cats, they love toys. Ever the doting mom, I like to use up my extra fabric scraps by making catnip mice. Warning- whenever I stepped away from my crafting table, the cats would jump up and hide my mouse before I had even finished. Brats with a capital B. –amy m.
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What you’ll need:
– Fabric scraps
– Contrasting fabric for ears & tail
– hand sewing needle
– Cut two mouse shaped crescents from fabric. Cut a long contrasting piece for tail.
– Hand or machine sew right sides together with 1/4″ seam allowance, sandwiching tail in the seam, 1/4″ up from bottom. Leave 1″ opening at bottom.
– Turn right side out (use a pencil eraser to help if needed). Alternating a pinch of dried catnip and a pinch of stuffing, fill mouse body completely.
– Hand sew 1″ opening closed.
– Cut out ear pieces, making a small notch in bottom to allow for and easy “pinch”. Hand sew ears on. Stitch eyes and whiskers on if wanted.
– Snap photos of cats as they sit mesmerized, watching you craft.