Do you love to create homemade toys for your cats? I know that I do. If you share my enthusiasm for such endeavors, you may want to think about creating a bunch of cat nip mice this year. You can even use the cat nip mice as homemade gifts for your animal loving friends and family. In my experience, the cats adore the toys. The cat nip mice are also quick, inexpensive, easy and enjoyable to make. Here’s how:
Cat Nip Mice Making Supplies
In order to make cat nip mice, you will need a package of polyester fiberfill, a ball of yarn, fabric scraps, dried cat nip, and permanent markers. You’ll also need some felt and basic sewing supplies. Basic sewing supplies needed include embroidery thread, sewing thread, straight pins, sewing needles and scissors.
The amount of supplies will vary based on how big or small you want your cat nip mice to be. On average, a small mouse will require the use of two 6 inch pieces of scrap fabric, two ½ inch round pieces of felt, six pieces of embroidery thread and three small pieces of yarn.
You can typically purchase most of the previously mentioned items through major craft stores. The cat nip is often sold through pet supply stores and botanical shops for a modest fee.
Forming the Mouse’s Body
Once you have your cat nip mice making supplies on hand, use your scissors to cut two, identical, egg-shaped pieces of scrap fabric. They will be used to make the mouse’s body. You’ll also need to cut ½ inch, identical teardrop shapes out of the felt. The felt pieces will represent the mouse’s ears. Additional items that you’ll need to prepare are three identical pieces of yarn to represent the mouse’s tail and six identical pieces of embroidery thread to represent its whiskers.
Next, take the three pieces of yarn and braid them together. I would also recommend that you place a small knot at one end of the braid to hold it all together. Keep going by placing the two pieces of scrap fabric together, wrong side out, with a portion of the yarn tail in between them. Then pin it into place. Continue by creating a ¼ inch seam around the circumference of the mouse. Just make sure that you leave a modest size opening where you can insert the fiberfill and cat nip. Personally, I’d suggest leaving a 1.5 inch opening.
Proceed by turning the mouse right side out and stuffing it with the fiberfill and at a teaspoon of cat nip. If your mouse is bigger or smaller than 6 inches, you’ll want to adjust the cat nip amount accordingly. Once the mouse has been stuffed, sew the 1.5 inch opening closed. Continue by sewing the mouse’s ears and whiskers onto its body. You’ll also want to use your permanent markers to create the mouse’s eyes. Once that’s done, your cat nip mouse will be ready for use.
Source: Personal Experience
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