MoonMunkie made Yellow-Stitch Fifield a week or so ago. It was her first sewing project and she was so thrilled with herself. Stitch came on holiday to Yorkshire with us and he been given a veritable palace to live in.
It was so successful that I’m going to put together a book of first sewing projects for little ones. And to give you a taste of that, here is a pattern and tutorial for Stitch. It uses the smallest amount of fabric and stuffing, so you can probably make it without needing to buy anything. However, I would definitely recommend purchasing a set of doll-making needles. They are large enough to allow more independence for small people learning to sew, but are still sharp enough to sew with. See my previous post for more tips on teaching small people to sew.
Stuffing (wool roving or polyester filler)
Anchor embroidery thread I like Anchor, as I’ve said before!
30cm wool in contrasting colour
Pattern (Free PDF download)
- Cut 2 body pieces from felt and place them together, right sides out.
- Thread a doll-making needle with embroidery thread, tying a knot at the end.
- Show your little person how to push the needle through from the front to the back, carefully drawing the thread all the way through to the knot.
- Bring the needle back to the front, the yarn trailing over the top of the work. Move the needle along about 0.5cm (1/4 inch) to the left and push it in from front to back again. [TIP: if they need help keeping stitches even, make dots on the fabric to show them where to put the needle in.]
- Continue this whipstitch all the way around, leaving about an inch open.
- Stuff the mouse with wool roving or polyester toy filler.
- Stitch up the gap using the same stitch.
- Cut two ears from felt. We used a contrasting colour.
- [Optional] Fold the ear in half. Mark the dart line in pencil. Use a small running stitch to stitch the dart. This will give the ear more shape, but is not essential if it’s too fiddly for little fingers or they are in a hurry. Repeat for second ear.
- Help your little person to attach the ears to the body, about a third of the way down from the pointy end of the mouse. Sew straight through from side to side, through the flat edge of both ears.
- Cut three lengths of wool against using the line as a measure.
- Leave 5 cm (1.5 inches) at the top, tie a knot to secure the 3 strands together.
- Plait the strands and tie a knot near the end leaving a cute fluffy end.
- Use the 5cm at the top, to tie the tail through a stitch at the blunt end of the mouse body.
[Option 1] Draw ‘em on with a felt tip pen. Cute and quick.
[Option 2] Stitch back and forth on the spot, from side to side through the entire body in a contrasting colour.
[Option 3] Buttons look cute, but can be fiddly for tiny fingers.