How To: Make An Catnip Mouse

I have to admit that I find it hard to throw even the smallest bit of fabric away.  At the end of each new hat I make I end up with another pile of scraps that I swear I will turn into something useful.   And what could be more useful than a catnip mouse, if you have a cat of course!  These mice require no pattern and minimal sewing skill.  
Materials:
a 6x6 inch square of fabric
yarn (for the tail and face)
1/4 cup catnip
thread to match fabric

Fold the fabric in half and cut a half-heart shape on the
fold so when you open the fabric, it will look like a heart.
 
Cut 3 pieces of yarn about three times the height of the
center of the heart. Tie a knot at one end.
With the wrong side of the fabric facing you,
lay the yarn on the fabric with the knotted end at the
bottom point of the heart.
 Using a zigzag stitch sew the yarn to the center of the heart.
Fold the heart in half with the right side of the fabric facing in.  Starting at the point sew a 1/4 inch seam around the heart leaving a 1 inch opening at the end.
Turn the heart right side out.
Using yarn (or embroidery floss) embroider eyes and a nose.
Be sure to secure tightly.
Cut 2 small circles from remaining fabric (or a different fabric if you like) for the ears.
Sew these in place securely by hand.
Fill your mouse with the catnip.
My cats like Yeowww! an organic brand that is VERY potent.
Sew the opening up by hand.  Tie a knot at the end of the yarn close to the seam.
Braid the 3 pieces of yarn together,
tie and cut to form the tail.
Voila you have a catnip mouse.  Why not make some more and donate them to your local pet shelter?
Holly
Ellis Designs
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