Piece together this adorable handmade ornament of a mouse masquerading as a miniature Santa Claus. Follow the step-by-step instructions to add Christmas cheer to your home this holiday season.
Step 1: Create the body
Trace one body pattern onto doubled muslin. Sew on traced line, leaving a small opening unstitched at the bottom. Cut out the body 1⁄4 inch from the stitched line. Turn body right side out and stuff with fiberfill. Hand-sew opening closed. Thread needle with a single strand of ivory crochet thread. Insert needle through tip of nose. Wrap thread tightly around end of nose, creating a tiny nub; tie off thread.
For the mouth, make a single straight stitch about 1⁄4 inch under the nub; insert needle up through top of the head and pull slightly until nose crinkles. Tie off thread. Mark eye dots on body using a pencil. Thread a needle with a single strand of ivory crochet thread; knot the end. Insert needle into head at one eye dot and exit at opposite eye dot, pulling knot inside the body. Run thread back and forth between eye dots, creating dimples; exit thread through top of head. Paint body white; let dry.
Step 2: Sew the Santa Suit
Trace one coat and two sleeves on a single layer of red wool felt; cut out shapes. Fold each sleeve in half lengthwise with right sides together; using a scant 1⁄4-inch seam allowance, machine-sew along each long raw edge.
Turn sleeves right side out. Wrap coat around body, matching short edges in the center front. Trim excess fabric for a snug fit. Hand-sew front seam, taking a few stitches into the body.
Trace pants and hat onto doubled red wool felt. For pants, sew just inside the traced lines, leaving waist and bottoms of legs unstitched. Cut out pants on traced lines. Turn pants right side out. For hat, sew just inside the traced lines, leaving bottom of hat unstitched. Cut out hat on traced lines. Turn hat right side out. Trace boots on doubled black wool felt using a white gel pen. Sew just inside the traced lines, leaving straight edges unstitched. Cut out boots on traced lines. Turn boots right side out. Referring to the photo, cut 3⁄8-inch-wide strips of white wool felt for coat, pants, and hat trims, except cut 1⁄4-inch-wide trim for coat cuffs. Attach trim using fabric glue, cutting away excess trim. Using ivory crochet thread and referring to photo, make uneven tack stitches into red wool felt along edges of all the trims.
Step 3: Make the Wire Armatures
From 22-gauge wire, cut two 3 1⁄2-inch-long and two 4 1⁄2-inch-long pieces. Bend a small loop at one end of each piece of wire. Add crafts glue to loops on short wires (arms); wrap loops with black embroidery floss for hands. When each loop is covered with floss, add another coat of glue and let dry. Insert a wire into each side of mouse, just above top of coat. Bend wires inside the body to secure them. Insert leg wires into body where indicated on pattern.
Step 4: Add the Boots, Sleeves, and Pants
Squeeze fabric glue inside each boot. Slip and pinch a boot over each leg wire loop; let dry.
Slip a sleeve over each arm wire; stitch sleeves in place at the coat's neck edge. Add a dab of fabric glue inside each cuff and press to the hands.
Pull pants over leg wires. Use a running stitch to gather waistband to fit body. Tack pants to body with a few stitches. Bend feet slightly. Dab fabric glue under each pants cuff and press to boots.
Step 5: Add the Hat, Ears, Tail, and Details
Hand-sew or glue pom-pom to tip of hat. To shape the hat, spray it with spray finish; bend and twist hat as desired and let dry. Stuff a small amount of fiberfill into bottom of hat; referring to photo, hand-sew hat to head.
Cut two ears from white wool felt. Using a needle and doubled white sewing thread, sew running stitches along flat edge of each ear; gather each ear. Hand-sew an ear to each side of head under hat.
Cut an 8-inch piece of 22-gauge wire and wrap all but 11⁄2 inches with white florist's tape; paint wrapped tail with crafts glue to keep it from unraveling. Insert the unwrapped 11⁄2 inches of tail into the body just above waistband at center back of pants. Bend the wire inside the body in the same manner as for the arms and legs. Curl tail as desired.
Cut a long 3⁄16-inch-wide strip of black wool felt, and tie it in a bow around the mouse's neck. Use a dab of fabric glue to keep it in place. Paint nose and eye dots with black.
Step 6: Create the Whiskers
Cut a 6-inch length of sisal twine. Soak twine in warm water. Separate the sisal strands and thread a needle with three strands. Referring to the photo, take a stitch into the nose, pulling the sisal about halfway through. Dab glue on one side of the sisal strands near the nose; run strands back and forth through the nose so that glue is inside the nose. Center whiskers on nose; spread them apart and let glue dry. Trim whiskers. Dab roundhead straight pins into fabric glue. Insert pins down front of coat into body for buttons.
Step 7: Prepare the Spoon
Using a metal bit in a drill, drill a hole in end of spoon handle; make the hole large enough to thread the 18-gauge wire through. Insert the length of 18-gauge wire from the back of the spoon through the hole for about 21⁄2 inches. Using needle-nose pliers and referring to the photo, bend the 21⁄2-inch portion of wire into a small coil.
Bend the wire so that the spoon handle is sandwiched between the coil and the straight portion of wire. Bend straight portion of wire into an S shape, making a large coil at end.
Paint bowl of spoon with crafts glue and sprinkle with white glitter. Spray mouse with spray finish and sprinkle with glitter; let dry. Bend one arm of mouse around top of spoon; bend legs around spoon near top of bowl.