Myrtle Mouse and Ears – Free sewing patterns

Essentials

Fabric, printed cotton Fibre filling Buttons Embroidery thread Quilt wadding

Sew the headband

Download and print the templates from sewmag.co.uk, then cut out the headband template from fabric folded right sides together, layered onto two pieces of quilt wadding. Stitch all around leaving a 10cm gap in the centre of one side. Trim the seam allowance and fold over the edges of the gap and tack to hold.

Turn the band out through the gap and slide the ends of a standard, thin plastic headband through the gap to fit inside the band between the wadding layers.Topstitch the edges of the hairband, closing the gap up along the way. This is easiest done on the concave side of the band so it can curl around the head of the machine rather than the bed.

Cut ear shapes from two pieces of fabric, right sides together, layered onto one piece of wadding. Stitch around the curved part, leaving the flat bottom unsewn. Trim theseam allowance and turn out. Fold in 5mm along the bottom edges and press.

Fold each ear in half and oversew at the midway point of the fold to create a crease. Slip-stitch the ears to the top of the headband where indicated on the template, before sewing the back of the crease at a right angle to the front sections to help hold the ears upright.

Stitch Myrtle the Mouse

Download and print the templates from sewmag.co.uk, then cut out mouse body pieces and stitch the darts on both. Match up the bodies right sides together and sew around the edge, leaving a 3cm gap in the lower back where the tail will sit. Turn in and tack the edges of the gap before clipping curves and turning out. Firmly stuff the body, holding the gap closed with a pin.

Use the template to cut arm and leg pieces, pair up right sides together and sew, leaving a 3cm gap in the straight back of each arm and the underside of each leg. Clip curves, turn out and stuff before folding in the raw edges of the gap and slip-stitching closed.

Cut the tail piece, then fold right sides together and stitch down the long edge. Turn out with a blunt needle and stuff lightly with small pieces of fibre filling to prevent lumpiness. Tack the end of the tail closed and slip inside the gap in the back of the body. Slip-stitch in place, closing the body gap along the way.

Cut four ear pieces and sew right sides together, leaving the bottom straight edge open. Turn out and press. Fold in 5mm along the lower edge before folding in half and oversewing at the midway point of the fold to create a crease. Slip-stitch the ears to the head just below the dart marks, sewing the back of the crease at a right angle to the front sections to help hold the ears upright.

Button joint the arms and legs in place using 10mm coordinating buttons, and sewing from side to side through the body with a double thickness of thread. Use two strands of embroidery thread to make long stitches through the ends of the limbs to create paws. Stitch two small black buttons to either side of the face close to the nose. Use two strands of pink embroidery thread to sew a triangular nose and smiling mouth to the end of the muzzle.