Keep your cat entertained for... well, about ten minutes (if your cat has as short an attention span as mine!)
While my cat was running around after a rattly old ball last night, I realised that he doesn't have anything plushy to play with.
I decided to make this small mouse so he's got a bit of extra stimulation when he plays.
This could probably be improved as I am very much a beginner. If you have any suggestions, feel free to get in touch!
Next, turn the fabric inside out so your stitches are on the inside. Be sure to make sure you have the point (which will be the mouse's nose) fully out.
Now, begin to stuff. At this point you could put a little bit of catnip in there to add a bit extra for your cat. I didn't have any to hand.
Once you've stuffed the mouse,you can get to work on the tail.
I took a few inches of wool and looped them around my finger, tied a knot in one end and cut any joined up bits on the other. I also attached a small bell to one of the strings at this stage.
It is also a good idea to knot off each end of the wool so your cat doesn't shred the fibres and get them stuck in his/her throat.
Now, insert the knotted end into the hole. You can now sew this up, making sure the stitches are tight. It doesn't matter that the stitches are on the outside as it sort of blends in with the fabric.
Finally, sew on any other bits and bobs that might make the mouse more interesting. I chose two buttons for eyes and a small black bow.