Friday, August 30, 2013

Fun Kids Crafts: Homemade Hobby Horse

Here's what you'll need to make this Homemade Hobby Horse

1 fuzzy slipper sock
polyester stuffing
needle and thread
hot glue gun
yarn needle and 13 yards of thick yarn
thick dowel or broom handle
1 1/2 yards of cording

How to make:

Loosely fill the slipper sock with polyester stuffing. 

Make the nostrils. With the heel facing up, pinch the fabric on one sideof the toe and sew a 1/2 inch wide horizontal stitch across the pinch. Knot the ends and repeat for the other nostril.

To make ears, cut four matching rounded triangles from felt. Glue them together in pairs. Slightly bend each ear to create a hollow, then sew them to the head.

Cut out almond shaped eyes and pupils from felt. Sew the pieces together, then sew them onto the head.

To make the forelock, sew a 4 inch piece of yarn through the head, then knot it close to the head so it looks like fringe. Keep repeating this.

To make the mane, sew and tie 35 1 - foot - long pieces of yarn about 1/2 inch apart to the back of the head and neck. Taper the width of the mane into a V shape as you work your way down the sock. 

Pad the top of the dowel with a large handful of stuffing. Pull the head over the dowel and add stuffing as needed. Apply one large bead of glue to the dowel, then press the sock to the glue for about 10 seconds. Pleat and glue your way around the dowel, then glue a length of cording to the dowel just below the sock.

To make the bridle, glue two 1 foot lengths of cording around the horse's head. To make the rein, drape a 21 inch length of cording around the back of the horse's head, then glue it to the sides of the bridle, wrapping the ends around the cording at the nose to hide the raw edges.

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