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.


Here are the supplies you will need:


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)


Step 1: Fill the foot portion of the sock with Poly-Fil. Put as much in as you can.




Step 2: Add the animal eyes.


Step 3: Thread yarn onto needle.



Step 4: Begin sewing yarn onto sock to create the horses mane. 



Simply weave the yarn into and back out of the sock and secured it with a knot.



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.




Once the second piece is in, clip and tie in a knot. Repeat until you have a nice full mane.




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.



Step 6: Push the needle down through the ear (on the opposite side).


Step 7: Push the needle back down into the sock.


Step 8: Tie the two ends of the yarn together securely.
Repeat for other ear.




Step 9: Place sock on wood dowel and mark where the sock ends.  Cut out a small notch around the dowel where you marked. (My husband did this step for me using a table saw.)


Step 10: Using Poly-Fil, stuff the "neck" of the horse as full as you can get it.



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.)


Step 12: Use any remaining jute to add a bridle.

Owen and his friends all love these sweet hobby horses.  They were fun to make and would look pretty great propped up next to the tree Christmas morning, don't you agree?





39 comments:

  1. I think you mean buckaroo. Buccaneers are pirates.

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  2. ooh, thanks for catching that! Just fixed it! :)

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  3. Thanks for posting this. It looks so easy, I going to make one for my little boy. He will love it!

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  4. That is the most darling little horse! I'm secretly hoping that in a couple of years Miss Eva decides that she loves Jessie from Toy Story, then I can make her one! I love it!!

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  5. in a year or so i think this would be perfect for my little guy! thanks for a great tutorial!

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  6. I simply love your blog and you are so talented! Thanks for sharing how to make this cute horse.

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  7. I am glad you posted the tutorial. These are so cute! I will be making one for my little
    Buckaroo-ette!

    Thanks!

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  8. This is right up Austin's alley. Maybe there will be one poking out from the Christmas tree this year...

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  9. thank you so much for the step by step process. this might actually be something that will be under our tree this year!

    p.s. i like pirates!

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  10. Fantastic! Thanks so much for posting. I'll try to make one of these for my middle lady who can't get enough of her "cow pants."

    xoxo

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  11. OMG! You just made my day. I've been looking for this hobby horse tutorial everywhere this week. I finally found it. My boyfriend and I just got back from TX. I promised his son that I would get him a hobby horse!! Plus, we have tons of socks at home. I'm going to give it a try. If you want to promote cool projects from your blog, stop by: www.makemania.com You can check out craft projects I've made as well.

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  12. Darling! Thank you for the tutorial. My twin 3-year old girls are going to be cowgirls for Halloween, and this will be the perfect accessory.

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  13. Fantastic! I love love love this. Thanks for the tutorial that makes this all really easy for us to copy! Yay!

    P.S. Your party is darling, too.

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  14. This is the best hobby horse tutorial I've seen. Thank you so much for posting! I'd love to re-post it on my blog if you would be ok with that. Please let me know. I know my followers would LOVE to mke this great toy for their kids.

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  15. very cool. i'm going to try my hand at these!!!

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  16. Just wanted to thank you for this fabulous tutorial. I used it to make hobby horses for all the little guests at my twins cowboy and cowgirl birthday party over the weekend.

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  17. Thanks for the great tutorial...I've just made one with minor alterations for my 24years old sister (they're having a "wild west" costume party :))

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  18. This is adorable! I've pinned it and am including it in my "Gifts for Boys" post. :)

    Thanks for sharing and aloha!
    Charlie

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  19. Hi Danyelle! My name is Heather and I write a blog called The Mommypotamus (www.mommypotamus.com). I’m putting together a series on homemade Christmas ideas, specifically simple things that can be done with wee ones or just by a mama who is not so crafty. I just found your site and would LOVE to feature your hobby horse tutorial. My daughter and I are going to make one for her little brother this year. He just learned to walk so I think it will be awhile before he discovers it, but ahhhhh! It is just so cute! Would it be okay with you if I post one of your photos with a brief description/link to your site for the full tutorial?

    P.S. I tried to email you but it bounced back for some reason . . . sorry for the weird comment!

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  20. totally rad that you were featured on tip junkie! no lie, i was cruising through my TJ links and saw "hobby horse" and thought, "that sounds familiar, wonder if its as clever as danyelle's?" and lo & behold, it WAS YOURS!!! girl, you're famouser than famous now. :) hope all is great this week, and your december falls into place. ::hugs::

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  21. Thanks for posting this! I know my little ones would love it.

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  22. I am in the process of making one and can't figure out how to get the eye pushed through the sock. I am afraid to cut it. What did you do? Thanks!

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  23. Hello Megan,
    I cut the teeniest little hole. Be careful and maybe reinforce it with a bit of glue once you get the eye in to prevent fraying.

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  24. Thank you! Before you responded I figured out that if I slowly spinned the eye as I pushed it through it went in without having to cut. I am about done with all four I am making for Christmas.

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  26. Thanks for the tutorial once again! I altered it a bit and here's the result: http://i40.tinypic.com/33cw74y.jpg

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  27. Hi there,

    I am making these for my son's second birthday and your instructions are awesome. Thanks for the fun idea. That being said, I am a wee bit tired of sewing yarn into a sock :)

    CompanyofCedars.blogspot.com

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  28. thank yo u SO much for this tutorial. My son has to make one of these for school and while I could have figured this out it is much nicer to have a step by step guide for a hobby horse that I know will turn out cute!

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  29. Thank you for taking the time to make this tutorial! I'm thinking we might make these as part of our joy school lesson on the letter H this week. We'll see how ambitious I get. But you spelled out the directions so simply, and the end product is SO cute I think it might be worthwhile! Thanks again!

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  30. I love this tutorial. The moment i saw this i knew i had to make it! And it was done in the same day i saw. Thank you so much. Here is mine http://maydonose.blogspot.com/

    Nalan

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  31. So adorable... I'll be linking on WeeFolkArt.com's Facebook page. Thanks for sharing :)

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  32. I am finishing up 3 of these for my girls (pink and glittery white horses...so cute!) but need to know about attaching the dowel. Did you insert it all the way up to the head or stop somewhere in the neck? I'd love to know as I can't see this from the photos. Thanks again...I can't wait for Christmas morning!

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  33. Okay, so I figured it out and finished the 3 stick horses...they are SO adorable! Thank you so much for the tutorial!! (I want to share a photo of them but don't know how to on here.) Merry Christmas!

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  34. just bought the supplies to make one...thank you so much. I'm a portrait photographer specializing in children and this is going to make a great prop to help in capturing the simple joys of childhood. :-)

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  35. Thank you for the tutorial, it is now famous in Holland too :-). At least, I'm from Holland, and I'm making a horse for one of the women in our horse riding dressage lessons, who is getting married next week. I'll make a veil over it, so it is more appropriate for the occasion :-).

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  36. Thanx so much for sharing this - these will be perfect for my son's 4th birthday medieval banquet. It's a dark rainy night here in Middle England, but I'm almost tempted to get back up out of my bed to start one!

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