Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Hobby Horse DIY

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A hobby horse from a broomstick is a very simple craft idea that can be made with children.

It's an indispensable accessory for any Zorro, knight, cowboy, or other genre costume.

Future knights, to your mounts!



  • 1 broomstick (or bamboo stick, or any stick that's 1 m/40 inches long)
  • 1 big black or dark brown sock (30-40 cm/12-16 inches long)
  • Stuffing
  • 1 thick rubber band
  • Bullion fringe (60 cm/2 ft)
  • Several pairs of buttons
  • 2 squares of thick felt (10 x 10 cm/4 x 4 inches)
  • 1 small bell
  • 1 ribbon


  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle

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Basic form

  • Stuff the sock until it's about 25 cm (10 inches) in diameter.

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  • Push one end of the broomstick into the stuffing and secure it there with the rubber band, making sure that the head is perpendicular to the broomstick.

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  • Fold each felt square as shown in the photo below.

  • Cut a half-circle at the base.

  • Attach the ears to the head with a button.

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Final touches

  • Sew the fringe on in the form of a mane, hiding as much of the rubber band as possible.

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  • Arrange the ribbon in the form of a harness and secure it in place with a few stitches.

  • Sew on two buttons for eyes and another two for nostrils.

  • Sew the bell on at the base of the head.

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Source: Et moi alors dans tout ├ža !


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