Make a mouse doorstop with this easy to follow pattern and how-to guide! This adorable mouse doorstop is really easy to make and sew! Stuff with scrap wool/yarn/wadding and rice or lentils for a cheap make!
1 – Draw a square 30x30cm on some pattern paper (use unwanted wrapping paper, newspaper or kraft paper if you don’t have pattern paper) – this will become the main body of the mouse.
2 – On another piece of paper, draw a line 31cm long and at the midpoint, cross with a line 16 cm wide. Draw a curved line to give a shape like the one shown below to make the base of the mouse:
3 – On a third piece of paper, draw around a mug to give a circle. Extend the circle out to a straight line 6cm long to give the shape for the ears – as below:
4 – Add a 1cm seam allowance around each of your shapes. (measure 1cm away from each line and mark a second, outer line at this point)
5 – Once you have marked your seam allowances on your paper patterns, it’s time to cut out the patterns and pin them to your fabric. You need to cut out 1 of the main squares, 1 of the base pieces, 2 ears in the same fabric and 2 ears in a contrasting fabric. You will also need to keep the scraps of both kinds of fabric to make the nose, eyes and tail later on.
6 – Fold the main square of fabric, so that the pattern is together and the reverse of the fabric is on top (right sides together) to form a triangle. Snip off the point at one end about 3cm from the tip:
7 – Sew along the edge with the snipped tip, leaving a small hole at the snipped end – this will be the mouse’s nose.
8 – Pin the base piece into the large opening of the main body as below:
9 – Sew around the base piece leaving a gap roughly 6cm long.
10 – Snip out the point and up to the stitch line around the curve to make the fabric sit better when it is turned the right way out.
11 – Use the gap you left when joining the base section to turn the fabric right side out.
12 – Fold the edges in at the nose opening:
13 – To make the nose, draw a circle on your contrast fabric roughly 8cm in diameter. Hand sew a running stitch around the edge:
14 – Gather the edges by pulling on the thread. You can stuff the nose with a little wadding to help it hold its shape if you like.
15 – Poke the nose into the nose hole in the main mouse body and hand stitch in place:
16 – Use wool, wadding or polyfil, or leftover wool or yarn to stuff the main part of the body through the hole left in the base, leave a gap at the bottom approx 3cm deep unfilled.
17 – Push the stuffing material up to the nose end of the mouse. Roll a sheet of paper into a tube and push the narrow end into the hole the stuffing was pushed through.
18 – Pour rice or lentils into the base of the mouse to add weight. Once the base of the mouse is full, remove the paper tube.
19 – Hand stitch the hole in the base closed and turn the mouse the right way up, patting it into shape.
20 – Next lay the ear fabric, one piece of matching and one piece of contrasting fabric, right sides together. Pin in position.
21 – Sew around the edge, leaving the straight section open.
22 – Snip around the curved edges to make the ears easier to turn the right way out, then invert both ears. Tuck the straight section up into the circular section.
23 – Fold the ears in half along the straight section and hold up against the mouse to decide a position for each. Hand stitch the open edge to the side of the mouse body.
24 – Use the scraps of fabric left from cutting out the pattern pieces – fold a long straight section in half and sew a long, narrow triangle up to a point to make a tail.
25 – Cut the seam allowance short and snip out the corner at the tip.
26 – Turn the tail right side out. Use a seam turner if you have one, if you don’t you’ll need some patience, perseverance and long fingernails or a pair of tweezers.27 – Fold the open end of the tail in on itsself and position over the point at the back of the mouse’s body. Hand stitch in position.
28 – Use a scrap of the contrast fabric to make the eyes, I found a piece with a berry print which worked well for eyes.
29 -Cut out 2 eye shapes and try out positioning them on the mouse’s face until you are happy with his appearance. Pin and hand sew in position.
30 – I added a branded patch to his bottom.
And my mousey doorstop is finished!