Introduction: Bert the Brown Mouse

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This is how to make Bert the brown mouse. He is cute little fella, with matching ears and tail! There are endless variations you could do with different felt and contrasting colours. Im thinking the next one I make will be Red and White: "Father Christ-Mouse". Hahaha.

Step 1: Materials

To make Bert, you will need:
Felt 10cm by 20cm
contrast felt for a nose3cm by 1.5 cm
patterned fabric to line his ears
15cm of cord or a ribbon for a tail
2 small sequins or beads for his eyes
Medium weight card
Baking Paper

Step 2: Pattern

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Firstly a pattern needs to be made, using the baking paper. THis consists maily of 2 semi circles, the larger one being the body, and the smaller one being the head. THere needs to be a cutout in the body piece to allow for the head to be sewn in.There is also a complete circle for the base, the circumference of which is the same as the length of the long curved edge of the body piece. Also there are 2 egg shapes for the ears and a very small semi circle for a nose.

Once these are cut out, pin them to your chosen felt, and cut out the pieces in felt.

Step 3: Sewing

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Ok this bit is a bit fiddley, as we are sewing circles.
Head to body: Pin right sides together, oversew head to body, matching the sides. Then join the straight edges of the u end up with a cone for the head.

Body: With the head still inside out, Join the centre back seam to the bottom, leaving an opening in nthe very bottom for the tail. (but make sure you put a catching thread in at the very bottom corner.)

Step 4: Base

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Over sew round lower edge of bdy, leaving about 5cm free at the front (you will need this bit for stuffing) Turn the mouse round the right way, and push the nose in to shape etc. Cut a piece of card the same shape as your base, but a bit smaller. Insert this through the gap you have left and glue to the base felt.

Step 5: Stuffing

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With your stuffing, fill the mouse up.When he is nice and full, over sew the gap between the body and the base.

Step 6: Nose+Tail

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Glue the nose felt in to a cone shape and then glue to the tip on the head. Cut your cord and tie a knot in each end. Push this through the small gap you left earlier and sew in place.

Step 7: Ears and Eyes

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Glue each ear to the wrong side of the lining fabric. When these are dry, trim the fbric level with the felt.put a dob of glue near the pointy end of the egg shape and pinch to make an ear shape. When these are dry, pin and sew in place. Stitch on sequins for some eyes. Voila- Bert the mouse!


TheRealBert (author)2009-10-27

Its a cute mouse, but be careful with copyrights.  I own Bert, the Mouse.  Keep up the good work and have fun. Just be careful .


gmjhowe (author)TheRealBert2009-11-21

 Actually, she in no way claims that she owns the copyright to either the name, or the pattern used.

Firstly, the combination of the words 'Bert' 'The' and 'Mouse' are all to popular to actually attribute a copyright to. Not only that, the name of the mouse here, is 'Bert the Brown Mouse', which is different enough for the copyright not to apply.

If you are referring to the pattern used then you will find that it comes under the license to be able to build upon, criticise, or improve an item without breaching copyright.

Lithium Rain (author)gmjhowe2009-11-21

Meh, don't feed the troll. A pathetic troll at that. A real copyright holder wouldn't hide his/her real name and wouldn't make anonymous online threats - if anything they would post a proper cease-and-desist letter. They would also have some knowledge of how to use a period and pacing.

Begone, troll.

Goodhart (author)Lithium Rain2009-11-22
I didn't notice a single problem with his/her pacing?    ;-) 
Lithium Rain (author)Goodhart2009-11-22

:-P my S key is sticky...

Goodhart (author)Lithium Rain2009-11-23
Ewwww,  have you considered wiping it off with a damp cloth?  :-p
porcupinemamma (author)2009-08-07

now this mouse would be welcome in my house...all you other real mice...go away!

greensteam (author)2008-10-23

Super cutitude. I love him and all by hand too.

gurtek (author)2008-10-02

Great and cute ,will make it............. thanks.......... :)

Goodhart (author)2008-09-05

VERY cute :-)

andrew13 (author)2008-08-30

lol. awesome. now use that idea and make other creatures, like snakes, or other animals.

kfwickl (author)2008-08-24

This will make a great toy for my cats. I could even fill it with catnip or treats. It would be more fun to make several of these little "Bert" guys instead of buying a package of 3 little mice at the pet store. Thanks!

Kiteman (author)2008-08-23

You know what would be really cool? If you put the pieces of pattern on a piece of dark paper or fabric, scanned them and then added the scan so that people could use them without having to draw their own sets.

kaatryn (author)2008-08-15

This is just adorable. Great fun too. Thanks!

SoapyHollow (author)2008-08-14

So adorable, and I think easy enough to let my 5 year old try it. I've even got materials in the craft cabinet to do it. Whee, a project for tomorrow. Yay! Thanks :)

Very Interesting (author)2008-08-13

I'll definitely be trying this with my niece at Thanksgiving!! How cute!

adiace (author)2008-08-13

Gr8, Nice and easy for my first stuffed toy project. Btw, what kind of glue works best?

bumpus (author)2008-08-13

This is really cool!
Great pictures, although they could use a bit more foreground light.
Great project for people just learning how to sew..
like myself..


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