Home sewn and homegrown

Busy sewing. This sweet mouse (next to a homegrown pumpkin) is made using a Cath Kidston strawberry print. It was fun incorporating the print into my design. I knew the basic mouse shape I wanted, so I just drew out the template freehand. I added dried lavender in with the stuffing to make this a Drawer Mouse. A Drawer Mouse prefers to hide in drawers, where it can meet and greet anyone rummaging for clothes.

The mouse has a pressing commitment. Its first assignment is to accompany a neck pillow I’ve made as a present. I used a dog bone template. I love the shape. It supports and gently hugs the neck without being too much around the neck and shoulders, as some C shaped pillows. Half way through sewing the cushion, I had a Eureka moment.

Maybe more of a “What if” moment. What if I added a pocket and then popped a millet heat bag into it. So I did. The little millet bag can be heated in the microwave or the oven (10 mins at about 300- 350f). Then slipped in the pocket to add a little bit of warmth for an aching neck. Maybe easing a stiff neck. I slipped a bit of dried lavender into the pillow, so that with gentle heat, the fragrance should be released. Along with the home baked smell from the millet.

The neck pillow can be used with or without the heat pad. Pillow and mouse are a present for my mother. The mouse is already in a drawer. Partly to hide it from my parents’ cats.

Of course, I was lucky to extract the mouse from our house (dirty fingernails belong to youngest.) I turned my back twice and it disappeared. Only on the promise that I would make more mice, was it allowed to leave. I know it will be happy in its new home.

I’m rather in love with its big ears.

Oh yeh! There will be more!

16 thoughts on “Home sewn and homegrown

  • Sunday 13 November, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Those are simply the cutest ears on this earth!!! Hope you are having a fun weekend!!!

    • Sunday 13 November, 2011 at 3:17 pm

      😀 😀 They are fun. Hope you have a great weekend too!

  • Sunday 13 November, 2011 at 5:07 am

    love them…the millet addition is inspired you clever person

    • Sunday 13 November, 2011 at 3:16 pm

      Thanks Val. The pillow really needed something extra. I think it worked!

  • Sunday 13 November, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Have you ever seen this site
    You would be an ideal candidate to join this, your work is amazing.
    I’m going to do a post about it this week, I find it rather inspiring.

    • Sunday 13 November, 2011 at 3:15 pm

      Its a lovely idea. 😀

  • Sunday 13 November, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Your mouse is gorgeous (love the print) and the neck pillow is totally inspired. Your Mum is very lucky.

    • Monday 14 November, 2011 at 1:06 am

      Thanks Fiona. I think I’ll be making a few more, if only to perfect the technique! 😀

    • Monday 14 November, 2011 at 1:05 am

      Thanks, Denise!

  • Monday 14 November, 2011 at 4:33 am

    Wow! a whole lot of making and baking going on! Your home must smell wonderful.

    • Monday 14 November, 2011 at 11:25 am

      Amazing how the family still instantly know that a fresh batch of baking is ready. They must smell it through all the lavender and bath bomb making.

  • Tuesday 15 November, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    I like his ears too. It made me smile out loud.
    thanks for sharing

    • Wednesday 16 November, 2011 at 12:31 am

      His ears are just the perfect size to bring on a smile!

  • Thursday 17 November, 2011 at 10:54 am

    love it and the idea of the pocket in the neck pillow, brilliant! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling sunday!

    • Thursday 17 November, 2011 at 10:00 pm

      Thanks Sara. Glad to be joining in again. 🙂

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