Amy’s mouse pin cushion tutorial

Our shop is filled with useful handmade gifts from Amy of Amy’s Crafty Shenanigans, from the fun hand towel in the bathroom to Harvey’s adorable drool bib. But the one that gets the most use is this cute little mouse-shaped pin cushion. We get lots of compliments on it, so I thought it was time to share Amy’s clever tutorial. Thanks, Amy!

 mouse pin cushion tutorial

You need:

(1) 6 inch charm square [I used Anna Marie Horner ‘Field Study – Spotted in the Crowd Amelia’]

(2) beads for eyes

(2) 1 inch x 2 inch  [approx – adjust to how big you want them to be] felt rectangles for ears

(1) 6.5” piece of cord (or yarn) for tail

Needle and black thread

Polyfil toy stuffing

 

Steps:

1. Fold square diagonally, right sides together to make a triangle

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2. Sew along one open edge using small stitches, backstitching at beginning and end

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3. Clip corner near stitches and turn so right side out, making sure to use a pencil or chopstick to ensure a tidy point (the nose of the mouse)

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4.  Trim off corner (you can trim right to the opposite edge if you want to make a better cone)

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5.  Press a hem around the open edge

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 6.  Baste stitch along this hemmed edge using strong thread (or doubled up thread)

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7.  Gather thread so the opening is cinched slightly and add stuffing, making sure it goes into pointed nose

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8.  Cinch more and add stone if desired (helps keep the mouse upright on an angle).

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 9.  Cinch closed and secure thread.  Sew tail to the bottom near the closure. Stitch felt over this area if you feel the cinched area is untidy or not closed tight.

10.  For the whiskers on the nose, thread three pieces of black thread through near the nose tip and tie each side with a knot close to the body to secure

11.  Add beads for eyes or French knots

12.  For the ears, take the felt pieces and trim the corners off so you have semi-circular tops.  Pinch the bottom of one ear together so the ear has some dimension and stitch these gathers in place.  Now stitch to the body of mouse.  Repeat.

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14.  Adjust the stone in the bottom to get the desired angle of your mouse.

15.  Now you have a weighted mouse pin cushion!!  Enjoy!

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14 Responses to Amy’s mouse pin cushion tutorial

  1. Gill July 17, 2013 at 8:17 am #

    Cute!!

  2. Charlotte July 17, 2013 at 8:22 am #

    genius!

  3. Colette Moscrop July 17, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    so cute!

  4. Gertie July 17, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    I love your little mouse pincushions Amy! Esp this one masquerading as a leopard. Great tutorial x

  5. Patti July 17, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    So cute, Amy! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Carolyn July 17, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    I’m needing a new pin cushion or two and this little fellow will make a wonderful mate for my 8″ mouse! Thank you for the tutorial ;)

  7. Anne July 21, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    That is soo cute!! I’ve scheduled a post on Craft Gossip later today that links to your tutorial. When it goes live, you can see it here: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-mouse-pincushion/2013/07/21/
    –Anne

  8. Emily Strawberry Patch July 22, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

    Amy it is too cute!! I love it

  9. Sheila July 24, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

    Hmm…french knots for the eyes, a little catnip…these would make great cat toys for holiday gifts!

  10. Flying Blind July 30, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    Made one this afternoon – spent about 6 times as long picking the fabric than actually sewing – thanks chuck xxx

  11. Nancy August 14, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

    I love the fact that it is made from Big Cat fabric. I am definitely making two of these for my grand cats for Christmas!

  12. Liz September 10, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    soooo cool. even i will try one!!!

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