Or this one, who is clearly from Brooklyn:
If there was ever a time to stage a craft intervention, now's the time:
|Gangnam Style Mouse|
|Poor dear is a little cockeyed, no?|
Using the pattern posted above, cut two body pieces, one each from your two fabrics, and four ear pieces — two from each fabric. I used muslin and brown corduroy, but feel free to use whatever you have on hand. (Save your fabric money for a nice dress instead and make this from your scraps. The tiniest pieces will do!).
At minimum, the only other supplies you will need are two buttons for eyes, and some black embroidery floss. This is what you will start with (plus a handful of polyfill):
Then, right sides together, machine stitch (or hand sew, if that's how you roll!), 3/8-inch from the edge most of the way around the body and the ears, leaving an opening along the bottom of each to turn right side out:
Then turn the body right side out, using a chopstick or some other pointy object to get those little corners pressed out:
And do the same with the two ears, setting them aside for the moment:
Now sew on your two buttons for eyes, using a couple strands of black thread, keeping them level with the widest point of the mouse's face:
Thread an embroidery needle with black floss, and stitch your nose at the bottom point of the face. I used just four stitches to make my nose, starting with a small horizontal stitch, and then a couple slightly longer stitches above it:
Thread your embroidery needle again and knot the end. Poke the needle through the underside of your mouse face, pulling the thread all the way through. Snip the thread so it's about 3/4-inch long. That's one whisker. Repeat this process three more times. From the underside it will look a little messy, but don't worry; it won't show:
Tired of hand stitching yet? If so, warm up your hot glue gun...and then glue down the mouse's face. (You can also stitch it, if you're anti-glue).
Stuff the mouse's body with some poly fill, using a chopstick to pack it in nice and tight:
Thread a needle with some brown thread (or whatever color works best depending on what fabric you chose), and make gathering stitches all around the bottom open end of your mouse:
Pull the thread tight, closing the opening, and then make a few stitches to secure it shut:
Now it's time for the ears. Using a dab of hot glue (or a couple stitches, if you prefer), fold your ear in half at the open end, securing it in place. Then glue or stitch the ears to the back of the mouse's head:
The last step (minus any embellishments) is securing an ornament hanger to the top of the mouse's head, using a few stitches:
All that's left is adding some details. Like Reindeer Mouse:
Or Angel Mouse:
To celebrate, do your best Gangnam Style Dance:
Not into adding rodents to your tree this Christmas? That's cool. I get it. Check out tutorials today from the eight other bloggers who took part in our little ornament exchange. I can't wait to see what these other ladies have cooked up for the holiday!