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« on: May 13, 2011 08:57:14 PM »

I have wanted to make a hobby horse/stick horse since before wee boy was born. I recently retired a pair of my husband's jeans which had a hole in the bum, but still could be useful for something else...
I thought the denim would be great for a hobby horse as it is quite hardly.
I didnt use a pattern, rather I used some fabric scraps to make up a draft and went from there. Here is my re-purposed jeans Hobby Horse:

The bridle is just some blue biased binding which i've loosely tacked onto the horse head, and the bit is a D ring. I will probably upgrade the bit to something a bit more accurate.  Cheesy
I used jean scraps for the mane and forelock which I zigzagged down to stop it from completely coming apart- hopefully that works!

Austin enjoying his new friend even though he's still too little to play with him!

I definitely have some ideas for making another one of these- especially as I really enjoyed the whole project!
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« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2011 07:22:48 AM »

It looks great!!  How did you make the base for the head?

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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2011 04:00:23 PM »

This is just too cool!

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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2011 01:35:11 PM »

Thanks guys Smiley
Hi Haylie, we attached a ball of stuffing, wrapped in fabric onto the end of the stick (covered in duct tape) and after half stuffing the head, we poked it into the opening and stuffed a lot of stuffing around it to keep it secure. Where it tapers in to the stick, I handstitched this closed, duct taped it on and have since wrapped wool around the duct tape for appearances. Hope that makes sense! I'm a wee bit sleep deprived due to an active 8 month old...
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« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2011 01:42:14 PM »

Nostalgia: My mom used to make and sell those at craft shows.. I'm a horseback rider (since I was 11) and I had millions of those!

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« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2011 12:25:18 AM »

I think it's great, and how wonderful it is that you reused some old pants Cheesy

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« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2011 10:15:55 AM »

Adorable! This is so much better looking than the free patterns I've found so far! I love the ribbon bridle. Does he have a head gusset?

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« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2011 10:13:35 AM »

I keep coming back and looking at your hobby horse just because it's so very COOL!!!!
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