Step 9: Felt Covering
Cut felt pieces as shown in the diagram. Spray-adhere the long felt strips along the ear edges, and then adhere the big ear pieces to both sides of the ears. If needed, trim excess felt off the ear edges and use hot glue to glue down any places the spray adhesive missed near the edges. Lay the center of the 36”x36” felt piece over the center of the head, and cut a side slit up to the top edge of each ear. Spray-adhere the very top of the felt to the top of the head. Stretch the back flap of felt tight across the back of the head, trimming the bottom edge so that it goes just 1” past the base opening of the head. (The extra inch is for folding the edge under to the inside of the head.) Stretch the front flap of felt tight across the front of the head, and carefully cut out shapes for the eye and mouth holes, making the eye shapes 1” narrower than the eye holes, and the mouth shape 1” narrower than the mouth hole. Cut ¾” slits in the felt around the eye holes to make it easier to fold the felt down inside. Trim excess felt where the front and back flaps overlap at the sides of the head. (A little overlap is allowed, but keep it at an inch or less so that the surface looks as smooth as possible.) Use spray adhesive to stick the felt in place over the mau5 head, and be sure to work with a little at a time so that you can minimize the wrinkling of felt. When you reach the point of folding the felt edges to the inside of the head, you may want to use hot glue because I found that to be much easier than spray adhesive.