Sew a Felt Christmas Mouse

Sew a Felt Christmas Mouse

In the big hot land Down Under, we don’t get to really enjoy the beauty of a white Christmas (or even a green Christmas come to think of it!). It’s hot, and dry, and characterised by seafood, salads, swimming and sun! But that doesn’t mean we don’t often dream of a snowy Christmas, snuggled up by the fire with a hot chocolate, staring contentedly at our fresh evergreen Christmas tree laden with cookie decorations and popcorn garlands. I’m painting a pretty picture here, right?

One way to bring a traditional Christmas to Australia is with decorations! And if you know me, you know that there’s nothing I like more than hand-stitching some gorgeous little creations in felt. In fact, I love 100% wool felt so much, I’ve written some tips and tricks for working with it HERE. It’s just so versatile! And forgiving!

With some scraps of wool felt, a needle and embroidery floss, you can create this adorable little mouse and also stitch her sweet little stocking. She’s only small (3 inches tall and 2 inches wide), so she’s a bit fiddly to make. But she’s easy to sew. And so is her stocking. It’s only 3 inches tall (not including the hanging loop).

Why stop at one felt Christmas Mouse? You could make a whole bunch of cute mice in stockings to cover your tree. Now wouldn’t that be a sight? They’d make adorable gifts too!

Before you get started, make sure you print out the template provided HERE. This pattern (the template and instructions) is for personal use only.

YOU WILL NEED

  • scraps of 100% wool felt. I used a cream colour for the body, pale pink for the inner ears and stocking hanger, candy pink for the mouse’s dress, white for the stocking cuff and pale green for the stocking body.
  • embroidery floss in shades that coordinate with your felt, and also a light brown.
  • freezer paper
  • cotton thread in shades to match the mouse.
  • embroidery needle.
  • small sharp scissors for felt cutting.
  • paper scissors.
  • small amount of polyester stuffing.
  • a small tool to manoeuvre stuffing (like a chop stick or crochet hook).
  • a print out of the template. You can download it HERE.

WHICH STITCH?

This pattern uses running stitch, back stitch, blanket stitch and whip stitch. Be sure to consult our old friend Google for help if you’re unsure of the stitch methods. They’re all extremely easy though. Here’s a couple a diagrams to help too!

How to do back stitch by Molly and Mama
Back Stitch
Blanket Stitch by Molly and Mama
Blanket Stitch

WHICH THREAD?

I used six stranded embroidery floss for the pink inner ears, and the facial features of the mouse. I also used it to blanket stitch all the stocking. I used normal sewing thread to whip stitch the mouse together, including all the body pieces and the pink dress.

LET’S GET STARTED! 

It’s a good idea to read the tutorial through once before you begin, just to get a feel for what the project is asking of you. Got a question? I’d love to help. Leave a comment or shoot me a message via the contacts tab.

CUT OUT THE FELT PIECES

Use the template and freezer paper to cut out all the shapes as listed. You’ll need a two of everything for the mouse (except one each of the ear centres and one tail piece). You’ll need two stocking pieces, one stocking cuff and one hanging loop. For tips and tricks for accurately cutting felt shapes and using freezer paper, see this tutorial for Transferring Templates to Felt.

Christmas Mouse and Stocking Tutorial from Molly and Mama

Once you have all your pieces cut out, start by assembling the mouse. You’ll need to individually stitch the ears, head, body, arms, legs and tail. Then piece them altogether.

SEW THE MOUSE

All body parts are stitched with a single strand of sewing thread. Small tight whip stitches are used.

EARS To make the ears, use a fine running stitch to attach the pink inner ears onto the front piece of ear felt, using one strand of pink embroidery floss. Make sure you have a left ear and a right ear! Change your thread to normal sewing cotton that matches the colour of the mouse felt. Starting at the base of the ear and continuing around the top, whip stitch the ear front and back together. Stop stitching when you get to the straight base of the ear. But keep your needle threaded and your cotton intact.

Roll a tiny amount of polyester fill or stuffing into a ball and gently insert it into the space inside the ear. A chopstick, crochet hook, or even closed scissor blades are a good tool to help manoeuvre the stuffing in. Once gently stuffed, continue whip stitching the ear closed. Be sure to secure your thread well and hide the thread tail inside the ear. Follow the same method to complete the second ear.

Christmas Mouse and Stocking Tutorial from Molly and Mama

HEAD With a single strand of light brown embroidery floss, embroider the mouse’s eyes on. Use the template as a guide or follow this simple tutorial for adding embroidered details using tracing paper. Secure your stitching well on the back.

Change your needle to two strands of pink embroidery floss and sew a few horizontal straight stitches to make the nose. We’ll do the whiskers after we’ve stuffed the head.

Christmas Mouse and Stocking Tutorial from Molly and Mama

With a single strand of sewing cotton (to match your mouse colour), whip stitch the head front and back together. Start at the base of the head and continue your stitching around leaving a small 1/2 inch gap. Use the gap to softly and gently stuff the head with polyester fill. Once stuffed, continue to whip stitch the head closed. Secure your stitching well.

Now for the whiskers. Use three strands of embroidery floss on your needle but do not tie a knot in the end. Insert the needle near the mouse nose and then bring the needle back out just beside it. Pull your thread through but leave an inch of thread at the end. You’ll trim this part to make the whiskers. Take your needle back through the first hole to make a tiny stitch, and guide the needle through the inside of the head, over to the other side of the nose. Bring it out just beside the nose (so that the exit point lines up with the same one you stitched first). Make a small back stitch over the exit point and then draw the needle and thread tight. Trim the ends on each whisker to about 1/2 inch long.

BODY ARMS and LEGS Use the same method to stitch the body, arms and legs. Use a single strand of sewing cotton for all parts. Whip stitch each body part (front and back), being sure to leave a space at the base of each shape to enable you to add polyester fill, before stitching the space closed.

TAIL Fold the tail piece in half lengthways. Start whip stitching the tail from the wider part at the base to the narrower tip. Once you reach the tip of the tail, thread your needle back though the length of the felt tail so it comes out the base. Give the thread a gentle pull so that it gathers up the tail. Add a couple of stitches to close the base of the tail and to secure the gather.

ASSEMBLE THE MOUSE

Thread your needle with a single strand of sewing cotton in the same colour as your mouse body. With small, tight whip stitches, attach the ears to the head first. Next stitch the legs on place.  Attach the head and the arms after that.

Christmas Mouse and Stocking Tutorial from Molly and Mama

Sew on the tail last. To do this, guide your needle through a side seam so that it pops out at the back of the mouse’s body (as seen below). Make small whip stitches to attach the base of the tail to the mouse’s back.

Christmas Mouse and Stocking Tutorial from Molly and Mama

Your finished mouse will look something like this;

Christmas Mouse and Stocking Tutorial from Molly and Mama

SEW THE STOCKING

Using two strands of embroidery floss, blanket stitch the sides of the stocking front and back together. I used  green floss to complement my green stocking felt. Be sure to secure your stitches well at the beginning and the end.

Next, fold your white stocking cuff in half and blanket stitch the side seam together, by starting at the bottom (as shown here on the left below). I used two strands of white embroidery floss to match the white cuff. Don’t trim your thread when you get to the top. You can use this thread to continue blanket stitching the cuff to the stocking top. Slip the cuff over the top of the stocking. Fold the pink hanger loop in half and tuck it between the stocking and cuff at the back of the stocking (as shown on the right below).

Christmas Mouse and Stocking Tutorial from Molly and Mama

Using the remaining white floss, blanket stitch the cuff to the stocking top, being careful to stitch in the pink hanger loop as you go. When you’re done, it will look something like this;

Christmas Mouse and Stocking Tutorial from Molly and Mama

Pop your little mouse inside the stocking! You’re all done.

TIPS

  • be sure to secure your stitches well. You don’t want your little mouse unravelling!
  • use small tight whip stitches, so that the mouse is the feature, and not your stitching!
  • being a small project, with small parts, this mouse is only suitable for gentle supervised play by children over the age of three.

Now that I’ve completed this cute project, I’m imagining all sorts of adorable additions to the mouse’s wardrobe and decor. I’d love to see what you come up with too.

What will you be sewing for Christmas this year? If you happen to stitch up one of these little treasures, be sure and share photos over on the Molly and Mama Facebook Page or on Instagram. Follow along to stay up to date with everything Molly and Mama. Pop over to Pinterest too, if that’s your thing. Or follow me here by signing up via email  in the right hand side bar.

If you get a chance, you might like to pop over to my ETSY store too. There are some adorable felt patterns available as well as a number of quilty projects.

I’ve got some more free tutorials you might like to try too! Just head over HERE.

Thanks for being here. I hope you enjoyed this little project as much as I did. If you don’t sew it now, make sure you PIN IT for later!

Happy stitching, Lauren x

This post was written by Lauren Wright and appeared first on Molly and Mama http://www.MollyandMama.com.au

60 Comments

  • by Sandra
    Posted 12 November 2014 11:20 pm 0Likes

    That is the cutest Christmas mouse I have ever seen… I love it..

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 13 November 2014 6:59 am 0Likes

      Thank you Sandra. I’m so glad you like it!

  • by M Marc
    Posted 14 November 2014 2:24 am 0Likes

    Too cute!

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 14 November 2014 6:05 am 0Likes

      Thanks!

  • by Susan @ Hoogally
    Posted 14 November 2014 2:46 am 0Likes

    I just popped over from the link-up at Bugs and Fishes. Love the mouse and stocking, I think I’ll make one for each of my children this year. Thanks for sharing!

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 14 November 2014 6:05 am 0Likes

      Thanks for popping over Susan! Have fun sewing!

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  • by Manu
    Posted 17 November 2014 9:19 pm 0Likes

    aww, so cute!

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 17 November 2014 9:41 pm 0Likes

      Thank you Manu! I’m a huge fan of your work too!

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  • by Maria
    Posted 19 November 2014 5:21 pm 0Likes

    I’m over from bugs and fishes and was delighted to see your beautiful work. I especially love this adorable mouse and wanted to make one but can’t get the pattern to download. Could you please help me. Many thanks

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 20 November 2014 1:41 pm 0Likes

      Hi Maria, Sorry you are having trouble downloading the template. I have sent a copy to your email address so be sure to check your junk folder if it’s not in your inbox. Happy stitching!

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  • by clare’s craftroom
    Posted 6 December 2014 7:30 am 0Likes

    This is just so cute!!!!!
    Thanks so much for adding your link x

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 6 December 2014 7:52 am 0Likes

      You’re so very welcome!

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 7 December 2014 9:03 pm 0Likes

      Thanks Clare!

  • by Brenda
    Posted 8 December 2014 8:49 pm 0Likes

    What a great (and clear!) tutorial! Thanks so much!

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 8 December 2014 9:07 pm 0Likes

      You’re so welcome Brenda. Thank you for the lovely feedback!

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  • by Nancy asbery
    Posted 7 February 2015 3:51 pm 0Likes

    Have you written a book with all your patterns because if not you should I’d like the first copy please

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 8 February 2015 8:32 pm 0Likes

      Oh Nancy, you have just made my day! Thank you for your kind words. It is so nice to know that someone appreciates my work. You’re a gem. x

  • by Katharine S
    Posted 13 May 2015 10:48 pm 0Likes

    You write beautifully concise but comprehensive instructions. Lovely photos too. Totally agree that you could publish your work.

    Gorgeous website, I will keep browsing!

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 13 May 2015 11:27 pm 0Likes

      That’s so sweet of you to say Katharine. Thank you for the lovely feedback!

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  • by Susie
    Posted 5 October 2015 11:20 am 0Likes

    I know this is an old post, but I had to say thank you! This is such an adorable project and I would love to make one for my son and daughter for Christmas. I’m thinking of making a little cupcake or toadstool house for them to live in as well. My Grandma made me a family of bunnies in a carrot house when I was young and treasure it still.

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 7 October 2015 9:20 pm 0Likes

      Susie, thank you so much for taking the time to say hi. I’d just love to see your little mice and the houses you make for them! They sound adorable. Happy sewing! Lauren x

  • by Sue
    Posted 16 October 2015 10:20 pm 0Likes

    Thanks!

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 19 October 2015 8:07 am 0Likes

      Thanks so much Sue!

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  • by donateòòa
    Posted 12 November 2015 7:00 pm 0Likes

    salve è semplicemente bello, ma nn trovo i cartamodelli, e vorrei farli per i miei nipotini che hanno 4 e 6 anni

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  • by Frimousse
    Posted 20 December 2015 7:38 pm 0Likes

    Hello !
    I love it !
    I made it and you’ll find it here : http://www.leschroniquesdefrimousse.com/2015/12/surprise-du-dimanche.html

    Thanks a lot for this lovely project.

    Frimousse

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 21 December 2015 7:04 am 0Likes

      Thank you for sharing my mouse tutorial Frimousse! Your beautiful additions to the pattern are just lovely! I love the hand stitched flowers. Happy holidays!

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  • by Janis
    Posted 21 January 2017 9:27 am 0Likes

    I tried to get a copy of the mouse and stocking template, but it sent me back to here. Could you please help me get the template for the Mouse and Stocking, and also for the Christmas Angel? Somehow I can’t get either of them to work. Thanks, Janis

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 1 February 2017 11:19 am 0Likes

      Hi Janis, did you have any luck? The files are uploaded to the links, so just be sure to click on the link for the template as listed in the materials section. It will take you to another page where you can save the PDF file. Please let me know if you have any further problems and we’ll get it sorted out for you. Happy sewing, Lauren x

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  • by Myrna Gooden
    Posted 14 May 2017 12:05 pm 0Likes

    I love this little mouse but I can neither print nor save the webpage. I plan to make 10 little mice (5 girls and 5 boys) and now I can’t print the instructions nor template. Would you have any suggestions for a little boy mouse? HELP, PLEASE!

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 18 May 2017 8:12 am 0Likes

      Hi Myrna, I’m sorry you are having trouble. Unfortunately the instructions are not in a printable format so you’ll need to refer to the blog post as you sew. If you click on the link to the template, you can then save it on your pc or device and then print it out. I hope that helps. If you wanted to make the mice into girls or boys, you could play around with different colour combinations or add some little details like a hair bow for the girls or a bow tie for the boys. Happy sewing, Lauren.

      • by Myrna
        Posted 19 May 2017 4:19 am 0Likes

        Hi, Lauren, thanks for your reply. I did a combination of your suggestions and created a blue body in the shape of a boys’ pant and it’s a little longer than the pink mouse body. I tucked more of the template legs into the legs of the pants so that it looks like little toes are showing rather than the long legs on the pink mouse. I also made the nose in black rather than pink. Just these few tweaks created a quite cute little blue boy mouse. IF I can figure out how to take a pic of the little “boy” I created, I’ll post it here.

        • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
          Posted 21 May 2017 10:28 pm 0Likes

          Myrna, the mice sound adorable. I’m so pleased you had so much fun making them x

  • by Trixi
    Posted 14 November 2018 11:08 am 0Likes

    Sweet little mouse! And yes that elusive white Christmas we all dream about 🙂

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  • by Jane
    Posted 8 January 2020 10:55 pm 0Likes

    The mouse is super cute, but the link to the template does not seem to work?

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 9 January 2020 3:25 pm 0Likes

      I’m sorry to hear that you can’t get the template to download Jane. It might help to try a different browser or access the template on a different device? If you’re still having trouble, please let me know. Lauren.

  • by Ann Blakey
    Posted 2 November 2020 12:58 am 0Likes

    Each year I make a tree decoration for our grand children. I have made a mouse in a stocking for their second Christmas and just completed a third for our youngest grandchild. In past years with the first 2 I experienced difficulty making the cast down eyes even and this year I realised that I could trace the head and features place ,the tracing paper over the front head piece and sew through the paper and then remove it. Worked well. Wish I had thought of it earlier! Perhaps this idea may help others similarly challenged.
    The children love their little mice.
    Thanks from Canada.

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 2 November 2020 6:48 am 0Likes

      Hi Ann, Thanks for your feedback. I’ll update it with a link to the tutorial about transferring embroidery designs to felt. I hope your grandkids love their decorations!

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