Hobby Horse Tutorial

Making a hobby horse for your little buckaroo is simple, and most likely something you could finish during (a very long) nap time.
Hobby Horse Tutorial
Here are the supplies you will need:

Hobby Horse Tutorial

  • 1 large mens sock (I found mine at Wal-Mart in the sporting goods department)
  • brown yarn
  • brown wool felt
  • jute
  • 2 animal eyes (found at any craft store)
  • 1″ wood dowel purchased from a hardware store
  • Poly-Fil
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle with a large eye (for yarn)

Hobby Horse Tutorial
Step 1: Fill the foot portion of the sock with Poly-Fil. Put as much in as you can.
Hobby Horse Tutorial
Hobby Horse Tutorial
Step 2: Add the animal eyes.
Hobby Horse Tutorial
Step 3: Thread yarn onto needle.
Hobby Horse Tutorial
Step 4: Begin sewing yarn onto sock to create the horses mane.
Hobby Horse Tutorial
Simply weave the yarn into and back out of the sock and secured it with a knot.
Hobby Horse Tutorial
Hobby Horse Tutorial
To make the process go a bit more quickly, don’t cut the yarn tail until you have woven it into the sock for the neck piece of hair.
Hobby Horse Tutorial
Hobby Horse Tutorial
Hobby Horse Tutorial
Once the second piece is in, clip and tie in a knot. Repeat until you have a nice full mane.
Hobby Horse Tutorial
Hobby Horse Tutorial
Step 5: Cut two horse ears out of the brown wool felt. Taking a long piece of felt, push the needle up through the inside of the sock where you want the ear. Once the needle is sticking out of the sock, push it through the ear going from back to front.
Hobby Horse Tutorial
Step 6: Push the needle down through the ear (on the opposite side).
Hobby Horse Tutorial
Step 7: Push the needle back down into the sock.
Hobby Horse Tutorial
Step 8: Tie the two ends of the yarn together securely.
Repeat for other ear.
Hobby Horse Tutorial
Hobby Horse Tutorial
Hobby Horse Tutorial
Step 9: Place sock on wood dowel and mark where the sock ends.  Cut out a small notch around the dowel where you marked.
Hobby Horse Tutorial
Step 10: Using Poly-Fil, stuff the “neck” of the horse as full as you can get it.
Hobby Horse Tutorial
Hobby Horse Tutorial
Step 11: Tie the jute securely over the sock.  (Make sure the jute fits over the notched section of the dowel. That is what will keep it in place.)
Hobby Horse Tutorial
Step 12: Use any remaining jute to add a bridle.

 

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