So I said a few weeks ago that if Valiant’s birthday gift turned out I would do a little tutorial, and here it is!
Here’s the list of what you need:
* Fabric (1/2 yd or less) for the head
* Scraps of fabric for ears (same or complimentary pattern)
* 1/2 skein yarn (I used bulky wool yarn by Manos de Uruguay)
* Ribbon for a bridle
* String for tying the head to a stick
* Broom stick
* Leather (optional)
* 4 buttons
Fold the fabric over once and cut your horse head out so you end up with two pieces– free-hand this is the shape I came up with.
Loop the yarn back and forth till you have the amount you need for a mane, then sew it down the middle and cut it
Sew the “mane” into your horse head with right sides together, turn the head inside out when finished and stuff just the nose section with stuffing.
Next take your broom stick (cut to whatever length you choose and wrap stuffing around the top taping it in place so you essentially have a giant Q-tip.
Make sure it is bulky enough that no hard wood is exposed (so your child can’t impale himself on it!)
Put the head on over the “Q-tip” and pack more stuffing around it so that the head is fully stuffed.
Wrap string around the base of the head securing it to the stick.
If you’d like to make it look really finished you can glue a piece of leather over the string (I used a glue gun).
Cut out 4 pieces of fabric for ears and sew them, right sides together so that you have 2 ears with finished edges.
Hand-sew the ears in place.
Cut a piece of ribbon to fit around the horse’s nose and another to attach and go behind the ears to create a bridle. Sew in place by hand. Attach a rein to the bridle.
Lastly sew your eyes in place. I used two wooden buttons per eye.