I love making toys for my three kitties Lutefisk, Bellatrix, and Houdini. And these Valentines Day mice were the biggest hits yet. They are extremely simple to make and look adorable. It only took me about an hour to make these three.
It all starts out with the catnip, which grows in a huge patch in my back yard. During the summer all three cats practically live in the catnip bush, and try to defend it from other neighborhood kitties. After harvesting, I hang all of my herbs from a drying rack in our dining room. With the catnip hanging low enough for the cats to pull out pieces when ever they want.
To harvest your catnip, first cut the bunch apart and spread of the individual branches. Trim off all of the buds, and leaves making sure to remove all of the branches.
Next pick out your felt colors, I chose a mix of black, red, hot pink, and pale pink. Then cut out all of your mouse pieces, an oval for the bottom of your mouse, two tapered side body pieces, two smaller ovals for ears, and a heart. You will also want to braid the tails now, I used embroidery floss in coordinating colors black, hot pink and red to create an adorable tail.
Once you have all of your pieces cut out, embroider an x where each eye would be. Then fold the ears in half, and tack it onto the mouse body from behind. Place the heart on the mouse’s bum and tack it down with the same coordinating embroidery floss.
Next take your two mouse halves, and place the tail in between them with the finished sides facing each other. Make sure the tail has a very large knot at the end so that it can’t be pulled out by an over zealous kitty. Then carefully sow up the back of the mouse. After you have sown the mouse’s back, turn the mouse right side out, and embroider on the nose. Then turn the mouse back inside out and sow on the mouse belly, leaving an inch open under the tail. This hole will allow you to turn the mouse right side out, and stuff it with catnip.