Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Blocks for origami mouse sleeping bags for stuffed toys

To compliment the two Japanese inspired quilts recently made, two little sleeping bags for two toy mice were requested. I spotted this origami animal block tutorial on Sew Mama Sew, which was just perfect for this project. Just a little advice with regards to the font used to get the origami image: once typed, save the script on pdf if you want to print it from another computer. It saves you the hassle of installing the font again, as it is doubtful that the other computer has this unusual font.

I had never done this type of paper piecing before, mainly because I do not have access to freezer paper. One then resorts to a trusty stick of glue to make do. Though it would be nice if this could be done in the same manner as New York Beauty where the fabric is sewn directly on the paper...

Anyway, after much pondering I set to work with gluing, cutting and sewing, and here is the result.

They look like a real origami paper figures, do they not?

Origami mouse blocks head to head

I did not have much luck finding Japanese prints here, but I think this one hits the spot.

Now just to assemble them into individual sleeping bags, adding different red fabrics to tie them in more with the quilts and some stippling around the mice. Perhaps little pink embroidered whiskers are in order.

Have a wonderful day!



  1. Hi Christine, this came out so cute!
    If you still can use some freezer paper, I have lots and I very rarely use it, so you are welcome to it.

    1. Thanks, I will keep that in mind. It worked fine without for this project. I hope you are having a nice time celebrating with your family.
      Hugs back