I am Maggy and I am visiting form Red Ted Art, where I regularly craft with my kids, as well as provide weekly “How To”s. I love getting people to have a go at crafts and trying something new… It is great to be guest posting for Karoove today. I do love handmade loveliness!!
Today, I am sharing our Hobby Horse with you. There is surprisingly little sewing to do (mainly the ears, main and halter, but reckon that of you did the ears from felt you could do a lot less sewing). I made this Horse for Christmas, but of course, anytime of year would be fabulous!
Materials: A Sock for the head, scraps for ears (I used some old jeans, but felt would be nice too), some ribbon/ string/ bias binding/ leather strips/ curtain cords for halter, Wool (for mane), buttons for eyes (though you could probably use felt), a sturdy stick the height of your child, (lots) bubble wrap or similar for stuffing, a saw (for taking twigs off stick), scissors, thread & needle.
1) Prep your stick – saw off any branches/ twigs and add a notch around 20-30cm down from the top. This notch will later help “hold” the head in place. Stick should be child height or slightly longer.
2) Cover the top of stick with stuffing (bubble wrap in my case) and some fabric scraps – this will protect the horses head later and help prevent the stick poking out!
3) Stuff lots of small pieces of bubble wrap into sock. By putting in small pieces, you will find it easier to “shape” the head. And indeed get the bubble wrap in! When you have a sausage up to the heel, add more stuffing to the side of the face – to form a bit of cheek. Add more stuffing to heal.
4) Insert stick and then add stuffing all around it. I found this to b a bit fiddly and I even broke a sweat (most unlady like)! It s fiddly. But it is worth it! Re shape the head if need be, by squishing it around and poking the stuffing a bit.
5) Secure with string at the same height of notch. You can then also add some ribbon or something to “hide” the string, but I left mine. Some people secure the whole lot with hot glue. But I don’t have hot glue!!!!
6) Make the ears – I cut some ear shames out – 3 pieces – one for centre of hear and 2 to make the ear itself. The centre bit is the “reverse side” of my denim. I attached it blanket stitch. Then I put the ear pieces right side facing each other, stitched round it and turned them inside out. Voila, an ear! You can make this easier and quick, by using felt pieces and gluing them.
8. Pin it all onto the head to see if you have the right pieces and make sure you are attaching it correctly relatively to each other (you don’t want wonky eyes or a skewed ear). I found this a REALLY useful step. So wouldn’t skip it!!
9) Sew on Ears, Eyes and Halter. This was a little fiddly. But I reckon you could probably glue some of this. I think sewing is much nicer, certainly if using buttons for eyes and much more secure. But you could do felt eyes and stick them on. And the halter could possibly be tied on? Just have a go and see what works for you.
10) The main – I cut LOTS of strips of wool and sewed them on separately. To get them even, I wrapped my wool round a book and cut at both ends. See picture for how to sew on: I drew a line, to get a roughly straight main. Sew in the piece of wool and then tie a simple not. Repeat LOTS. The more you do, the better the mane!
I do hope you enjoyed this craft – maybe you will have a go – what colour will yours be? Would love to see any photos! I would also love for you to stop by at Red Ted Art and check out some more How Tos or visit my Kids Get Crafty section? And I am now launching a “Kids Get Arty” with a round up of 30 Great Artists Art Projects for Kids.. come take a peak and Get Arty!