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Fox terrier felt ornament

I’m excited to be launching a very special new pattern this month. The Wedding Mice are 13cm/5 inches high, and make a delightful handmade gift for a happy couple or anyone who collects mice!

They can be used as cake or cheese toppers, made into hanging decorations by adding ribbon loops, or simply presented in a gift box where they can be treasured and brought out for anniversary celebrations!

The pattern has templates and instructions for the basic mouse, the bride’s and groom’s outfits, and the floral details. Parts of it are a little fiddly, such as the tiny felt roses, but you could use ready-made miniature flowers instead if you wish.

They make a lovely wedding gift if you make the outfits and flowers in the couple’s chosen colour theme, and of course you can make two brides or two grooms and add a best man or bridesmaids.

I’ve loved making these mice because they remind me of when I first started my business in my 1980s teenage years.

I learned to sew little mice in dresses, based on this pattern from the book Toys from the Tales of Beatrix Potter by Margaret Hutchings. (I plan to do a separate post about this wonderful book, which is still available second hand.)

My Dad made the little wooden chairs, and they were sold in the local shop and hotel on the island where we lived.

A few years later I opened my own shop on the island and called it Moon Mice. I made felt mice in all sorts of outfits, including wedding clothes, and furry mice wearing very fancy satin dresses with net petticoats and elaborate hats, sitting on stuffed crescent moons. I was sometimes asked for custom wedding couples, and I remember doing a Scottish pair with a detailed, pleated kilt for the groom!

I wish I had photos to show you but it was well before the time of digital photography, and I rarely took photos of anything I made. I do know that I added a lot of fine detail during hours of painstaking work, and no doubt charged minimal prices. I was very young, and my passion and perfectionism hadn’t yet been tempered by much business sense!

fox terrier felt Christmas

Back to 2021 and I thought it was high time mice made an appearance in my shop again – this time as patterns so that other people can make them too. I may offer the completed mice for sale as well but I’m still thinking about that.

I’m so happy to have the mice back, and I’m planning some more patterns, including a family with even cuter mouse children!

The wedding mice pattern is available here, and please Pin the image below if you like!

 

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