My current work in progress:

Ottar Hap Shawl, designed by Kate Davies, knit from Buachaille in the Squall, Ptarmigan, and Islay colorways, using a U.S. size 9 (5.5mm) needle.

Minky Mouse 2.0

Today I made Minky Mouse 2.0.

I found on Etsy a set of 5 vintage mink collars and ordered them for the princely sum of $19.95 for all five of them. This one has a fabric backing.

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I decided to use this collar first — I would not have to sew fabric on the bottom of the mouse, just cut off mouse-size pieces. I am making 2 mice: one for Loki and one for my colleague’s kitties.

There was a hook and eye closure on the ends, so that had to go.

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Those came off easily. I just needed to cut the threads holding them in place with a seam ripper. Then I cut off each end of the collar so I had a 4 or 5″ piece for each mouse.

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You can see that there is some fiberfill stuffing in the collar. I pulled some of that out to make room for the catnip.

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I save old pantyhose and cut off the toes to use as pouches for catnip stuffing. I like putting the catnip in a little bag, so if the kitty manages to rip a mouse open, the catnip has a better chance of staying contained and not going all over the place.

I have leather strips cut for the tails.

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I sew the end of the tail to the open end of the mouse using a leather needle and waxed thread.

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“Isn’t it ready yet?”

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Then I sew up the open end of the mouse. You don’t have to be particularly neat because the fur covers up the stitches.

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The important thing is making sure you have the opening securely sewn shut. And then finally . . .

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Minky Mice! The mouse tummies are the lining fabric of the collar that I didn’t have to remove:

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And Loki is a happy boy!

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Comments

  1. Adorable!!!! Squee!!!!

  2. Barbara A. says:

    Ohhhhh, Wendy! Loki is certainly a lucky boy indeed! ?

  3. Very cute! One of my cats goes crazy for catnip and the other just walks by it.