Here's a little softie I made for a special blog-friend, Claudia, and for her son Samuele, called “Topastro” (http://pollon72.blogspot.com/)
I needed some ideas to sew a mouse softie and I found the perfect mix between simplicity and cuteness in this papercut pattern from 3eyedbear.com :
Than I completed the project:
- enlarging the pattern
- adding the coverings of head and body to the pattern
- finding a way to keep the body standing (a stone!)
- finding a way to make the head moving up and down (by pulling the tail!)
I sew a first mouse made of white felt and added some details with a fabric marker, just to be sure of the final result. My brother took a photo of it:
I was ready! If you want to make it, print the pattern from here
- cut the parts of the mouse from a duble layer of fabric pinned together: felt (to give support) and a light grey soft felted sweater (external).
- sew a thin ribbon at the centre of the head (the cross in the pattern), to the internal side of the felt: it will be the tail.
- pass the ribbon through the little cut in the back of the head (the asterisk in the pattern)
- sew the head as a cone and sew the back of the head to the head with blanket stitch. Before closing, fill the head with padding
- sew the body as a truncated cone ad sew the top of the body to it, leaving a hole on the back. Pass the ribbon through it (the asterisk in the pattern)
- sew the bottom to the body filling with a little stone and some padding before closing. Leave a hole on the back and pass the ribbon through it (the asterisk in the pattern)
- cut the ribbon the lenght you like (to make the tail), and insert a big bead before making a knot at the end of it
- embroider particulars as teeths, hands, feets, nose, eyes with coloured felt and finish with stem stitch coloured lines.
.. and... why don't you try the cheese, too?