Strapping Stick Horse DIY

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This strapping stallion stick horse tutorial has been a looooong time coming! Holy cow, it has taken me forever to get this sucker put together–mostly I was dreading editing all these photos! I actually made this horse for the first time as a present for my boy last Christmas. He’s amazingly sturdy, and has been a well-loved beast of burden. And he still looks great! The final photos I took only just the other day, without any editing to clean him up. That says a whole lot for an entire year’s worth of rough and tumble with my sticky-handed children.

As with all tutorials I do, I only make the effort to put one together (especially one of mammoth proportions) if I feel my particular project fills a hole in what is already out there. When I was getting ready to make one last holiday season, there were no shortage of stick horse tutorials out there, but they were all a little more cutesy and cartoony than what I had in mind. I wanted my stick horse to be realistic while still being imaginative, as well as being sturdy as, you’ll forgive me, a horse. This handsome fellow is what we came up with (the pattern was a collaborative effort between my sister Eirene and me).  Although my version is a stallion, the design is completely gender neutral, and can easily be a feminine filly or unicorn. In addition to the step by step photo tutorial, I also made a stick horse pdf pattern, as much for myself (definitely will be making another!) as for all of you! So saddle up.

*note about skill-level required for horse: this shouldn’t be your beginning sewing project, but you don’t have to be a seasoned sewist either. All the principles are simple, but there is some semi-tricky piecing that I want to give you fair warning about. Nothing you can’t handle, but just so you know.

*Note about pattern usage: I always forget I need to say this until there’s an occasion to go back and do so. I do not mind if this pattern is used to make and sell stick horses, (I don’t expect any % of what you make!) but you must clearly link to my website and tutorial as the source of the pattern. Whether that be in your etsy description or on a note if you sell them at a handmade market etc, please give credit where credit is due! This tutorial cannot (ever!) be sold, and this post cannot be reposted in any way without my express permission, thanks!

Strapping Stick Horse Tutorial and pdf Pattern

Supplies:

  • 1/2 a yard synthetic suede. I got mine in the upholstery section at JoAnn’s, and spent I think around $12 a yard using a 50% off coupon. It doesn’t have to be suede, there are tons of fabrics that would work; just look for something pretty sturdy and with good color and texture. I think my sister used an old towel when she made hers! I would, however, steer clear of anything stretchy, as it will distort the pattern a little, and not be as sturdy.
  • a scrap of pink flannel or again, anything will work! Just make sure it’s stable! I actually doubled up my flannel just to add to it’s thickness. You need about a square foot.
  • some scraps of black, cream and color-of-your-horse craft felt, you only need a smidgen. I’d hate for you to pay a whole 33 cents for an entire sheet!
  • stuffing
  • 1″ diameter, 1 yd wooden dowel. I picked mine up at the Home Depot for something like $2.
  • yarn for hair, color of your fancy. I love something that has lots of dimension, some of the multicolored skeins are fantastic. On the first horse I made (finished horse photos) I used mostly cream with a peppering of white mixed in for texture.
  • Heavy duty thread like upholstery weight. I actually used jean thread.  You’ll also need an embroidery needle that will accommodate something a little thicker.
  • a hand-saw
  • and don’t forget to print and cut out your strapping stick horse pattern!

Shall we?

Cut out your fabric as indicated on pattern pieces. Out of body: 2 head, 2 ear, 1 bridge of nose, 1 under-neck. Out of pink flannel: 2 ears, 1 mouth piece. Mark where indicated.

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Wrap yarn around something rectangular. I used one of my kid’s board books, and it was about 8″X13″. Wrap the yarn closely and as evenly as possible, without being super tight. Leaving the skein attached, gently slide the yarn off the book, trying to maintain the shape. It won’t be perfect, and don’t sweat it. I didn’t actually do this, but I just had the idea of sticking some masking tape down either side before sliding it off to help it stay together. Worth a shot!mad mim stick horse tutorial 2 Strapping Stick Horse DIY

Machine sew right down the middle to secure it all together. Again, don’t worry about any imperfections. There will be time to arrange it evenly later. mad mim stick horse tutorial 3 Strapping Stick Horse DIY

Sew the suede ears to the flannel ears, RST with a 3/8″ seam (all seams will be 3/8′”). Clip the tip (not the stitching!), and turn so it’s right side out. Press. mad mim stick horse tutorial 4 Strapping Stick Horse DIY

Fold the corners of the ears towards the middle, so that the slanted bottom edges line up to make a straight bottom edge. Baste. Repeat with other ear. My picture here doesn’t demonstrate this, as I tweaked the pattern post photo.

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Cut slit in head pieces where indicated on pattern.  Fit one ear into slit with pink side facing the head.  The ear should be fit down into the slit so that there’s about an inch of earless space on that top edge. Pin. mad mim stick horse tutorial 6 Strapping Stick Horse DIY

Sew ears in by sewing along sewing lines indicated on pattern. You want to try and make this a nice subtle dart. Go over it a couple times so it’s nice and secure.  Repeat on t’other side.  Now is the time to embroider the eyes and nose stitching on following the pattern guidelines.  I wish I had an eye close up, but it was straight forward. Embroider the black main eye piece first using a basic back stitch, then layer the eyebrow piece on top, and back stitch around it as well. Lastly, add that little eye-fleck and you’ve got a nice glinty eye. Embroider the nose by follow the pattern design and again, use a back stitch.  mad mim stick horse tutorial 7 Strapping Stick Horse DIY

Pin the bridge of the nose to one head piece starting with the rectangular end to the top of the open mouth, RST.  Sew, and stop exactly 3/8″ from the point.
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Repeat this process for the opposite side, thus joining the two sides of the head via the nose bridge. Make sure to stop exactly 3/8″ from the point again.

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The point should look like this. Make sure it’s nice and secure. mad mim stick horse tutorial 10 Strapping Stick Horse DIY

Now fold your hair in half lengthwise along stitching line, and pin the folded edge between the two head pieces along what will be the top neck seam. Even out any of the bunchiness, so that the fullness is distributed evenly down the remainder of neck. The yarn should end a good six inches from the bottom neck edge.  Sew with a 3/8″ seam .  mad mim stick horse tutorial 11 Strapping Stick Horse DIY

Flip right side out, and then cut the yarn ends to give your horse a nice tousled mane. mad mim stick horse tutorial 12 Strapping Stick Horse DIY

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Carefully pin one half of mouth piece to the upper bridge of the nose RST. Align corners of mouth rectangle to the seams between head sides and nose bridge.  Sew, pivoting at corners.  Back stitch several times at the inside point of the open mouth. mad mim stick horse tutorial 14 Strapping Stick Horse DIY

Make a slit (don’t cut further than the stitching line!!) so that you can now open the mouth flat and continue to align the mouth to the bottom lip, pin carefully, and sew securely.
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This is what my bottom corners looked like. It wasn’t pretty on the inside, but looked great on the outside.  mad mim stick horse tutorial 17 Strapping Stick Horse DIY

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Now in a similar manner, sew the bottom neck piece to close the head.  You’ll line up the bottom neck piece to the bottom lip of the mouth, and then all the way down the neck.  Make sure that the two head sides are evenly aligned, and that no shifting is occurring on that bottom neck piece.  mad mim stick horse tutorial 19 Strapping Stick Horse DIY

Sew that bad boy up, and make sure it’s well knotted on the ends where you’ll be stuffing. It should look kinda creepy on the inside,mad mim stick horse tutorial 20 Strapping Stick Horse DIY

But nice and handsome from the outside. Oooh, aren’t we excited at this point!

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Cut a circle about 9″ in diameter. Doesn’t matter what fabric, just make sure it’s somewhat sturdy.mad mim stick horse tutorial 22 Strapping Stick Horse DIY

About 2″ from the end of your dowel, saw a shallow groove all the way around. Not too deep! You don’t want to the stick to snap!mad mim stick horse tutorial 23 Strapping Stick Horse DIY

Now with your heavy-duty thread, knot very securely one end, and with a large running stitch, baste all the way around.  Leave a long tail with your needle still on the end. mad mim stick horse tutorial 24 Strapping Stick Horse DIY

Pull the thread a little, creating a little pocket, and then stuff with stuffing.  Fill until you’ve got a pretty firm 3-4″ ball, and then cinch the sides in quite tight. Hold in place temporarily while you then stick your stick inside your fluff-ball.  mad mim stick horse tutorial 25 Strapping Stick Horse DIY

Now pull your thread tightly, and wrap the thread several times around the dowel, catching it inside the groove.

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This next part is difficult to describe (here’s a helpful video!), but you’ll want to catch some of the gathers with the needle and then wrap the thread halfway around the dowel. Repeat again and again, the idea is to catch all the gathers eventually, and wrap the thread in the groove after each stitch.

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This should result in the fluff ball now being securely fastened to the end of the stick.

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Stuff your horsey’s head with some stuffing, and pack it pretty tight until it’s satisfactorily firm. Stuff it until the beginning of the neck, and then sort of make a place in the stuffing for your fluff-ball-on-a-stick.  Insert your fluff-ball-on-a-stick into the horse head,

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 nestling it into the stuffing.mad mim stick horse tutorial 29 Strapping Stick Horse DIY

Now before you stuff the neck, make another groove with your hand-saw that is just about where your horse head ends. mad mim stick horse tutorial 30 Strapping Stick Horse DIY

Stuff the remaining neck portion, being meticulous about stuffing around the fluff-ball-on-a-stick–you don’t want any lumps or oddities. It should all look smooth and tight.
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Now you’re going to tie this sucker up in the same way you made your fluff-ball-on-a-stick.  Securely knot a long piece of string/thread, and then make a large running stitch around the bottom edge. Fill with a last bit of stuffing, and the cinch it up tightly, and then wrapping it several times around the dowel and inside the groove.mad mim stick horse tutorial 32 Strapping Stick Horse DIY

Repeat the previous process of taking a stitch with a few gathers, wrapping the string halfway around the dowel inside the groove, and then repeating until you’ve securely stitched and wrapped the entire bottom edge.  Keep it up until you’ve overdone it. You want it to be all tucked in and wrapped up. The picture below shows a horse that still needs quite a bit of wrapping and stitching. Why did I take a picture prematurely? Not sure. It was like 9 months ago.  mad mim stick horse tutorial 33 Strapping Stick Horse DIY

And, that’s a wrap, Cowboy! Your amazingly good looking and strapping horse is ready to be straddled, galloped  and generally adored! That was no small feat of craftitude, so you should be proud as punch!

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mad mim stick horse tutorial 36 Strapping Stick Horse DIYI believe stick-horses to be one of the staples of childhood toys–right along side Lincoln Logs and Legos. Like I mentioned, this was a gift for my boy, but my little 5 year old girl has had just as much fun with it, and in fact has begged me to make her another pink one (think My Little Ponies). I’m imagining a whole herd of colorful horses, something in the mood of the Jolly Holiday merry-go-round scene from Mary Poppins.  “Oh riders! Would you be so kind as to move aside, please?”

As always, if you end up using this tutorial and have any measure of success, it always makes my day when you share pics with me! Link up!

PS please feel free to laugh at me while imagining how I shot that gif shot of the moving horse on top. It was me being thrown around in the back of my brother in law’s vintage teal pick-up, holding a stick horse in one hand while trying to figure out sports burst mode with the other. The things we do in the name of the blog…


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82 Comments

  1. brooke
    Posted August 10, 2012 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    this is great! thanks for the tute and perfect timing as i have been thinking about what to make my soon to be 4 year old that is not clothing. the child has more clothing than i can shake a stick at.

    • Posted August 10, 2012 at 9:35 am | Permalink

      Oh I’m so glad, Brooke! If you do end up making it, share pics with me!! xo

  2. marseille
    Posted August 10, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    i love the video type thing…like a flipbook. awesome!

  3. Posted August 10, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    I need to become slightly better friends with my sewing machine first… but after that I definitely want to try this, and will let you know if I do! Great tutorial, thanks!

  4. yam b fan
    Posted August 10, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    wowsers! I’m not gonna lie to you. I would NEVER make something like this. But the tut has infinitely deepened my respect for this stamping stallion. Favorite part: that galloping charger scene–so great (esp. with the mental visual of you being thrown around in the truck) btw, this is w/o a doubt the BEST stick horse on the planet. no brag, just fact.

  5. Cat Hammond
    Posted August 11, 2012 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Thanks so much. My great grandson is going to love this.

  6. Caroline
    Posted August 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Brilliant thanks Mad Mim! Although I’m going to cheat a bit and recover an old hobby horse….eventually

  7. Rachel
    Posted September 4, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    Well, I finished my four (4!) on Sunday just in time for my daughter’s birthday. Thank you sooo much for the detailed tutorial, my children love their horses. I don’t have a current blog so I can’t (or even know how to link up) link up. Thanks again!

    • Posted September 4, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

      !!!! I am SOO happy and excited that the tutorial worked for you, and I am SO impressed that you did 4! That is no small feat, I know! Thank you for letting me know, it made my day!

  8. Posted October 1, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Thank you sooooo much for sharing this pattern and tutorial! I changed it a bit to make a unicorn from it and a 6-years old little girl got such stars in her eyes thanks to you! Here are the pictures: http://crearsouille.blogspot.be/2012/10/some-unicorn-on-stick.html

    • Posted October 1, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

      Thank you so much for sharing, it makes my day!! It turned out sooo amazing!!

  9. Posted October 7, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    I wanted to thank you for the pattern and directions. I made this yesterday with a few changes (I am not super skilled on sewing). I linked your blog through mine and only used pictures where I made the changes. http://www.brainblobsandverbalvomit.com/2012/10/horsing-around.html

    Again, thank you so much for sharing! my child thinks I am magic and has been galloping around the house today with his pony.

  10. Posted October 10, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    thanks Miriam for this awesome tutorial! Loved every step of making this stick horse for my little niece :) posted a variety of pictures on my blog. I actually made about 200 pictures, because I wanted to do a little stop-motion like yours, but it didn’t turn out as good, so I didn’t use it. Love your little movie,it’s hilarious :)

    • Posted October 14, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

      I LOVED looking through your pics, and I LLLLOOOVED how the horse turned out!! Amazing! So cute! Thanks so much for showing me, it seriously makes me so happy when I see someone use my tutorials so successfully! XO

      • Posted October 28, 2012 at 10:03 am | Permalink

        aww thank you! yes i love my horse very dearly :$ maybe my favorite project ever! thanks for being so awesome and sharing this tutorial with us! :)

  11. Wendy
    Posted December 30, 2012 at 5:51 am | Permalink

    I love this pattern and tutorial! I have been scouring the internet for hours looking for just the right shape for a hobby horse that didn’t look like an upside-down sock! I love the shape and the dimension of the horse’s face. I can’t wait to try it out! I have 15 of these to make (for my daughter’s birthday) so I will send a pic when the “herd” is finished! Thanks for the pattern!

  12. Posted January 7, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    I needed a pattern for the hobby horse on a stick.I agree with Mim it’s a childhood staple. Sad to say I couldn’t find a pattern without being overcharged. This pattern is great!! The instructions are easy to follow and cost effective.What a find I am pleased as punch.
    Good Job!! Cowgirl ride’m cowboy!!

  13. Posted January 19, 2013 at 8:36 am | Permalink

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    working hard in support of his site, because here every information is quality based material.

  14. Sioned
    Posted April 4, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for this fantastic tutorial, it’s so clear and well written/photographed! I’m in the process of making it for my niece’s birthday next week, can’t wait to see her playing with it! Thank you!!

    • Posted April 4, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for taking the time to make such a nice comment! I’m so glad that it worked out for you!

  15. CR
    Posted April 14, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for the pattern. I made two hobby unicorn for my girls. Great instructions.

  16. Ruby
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Just finish making this stick horse for my granddaughter
    and it turned out great.
    Thanks

  17. Fiona
    Posted April 27, 2013 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    I just finished making “Hobby” today (my daughter named her that!)
    Thanks for the instructions, not sure mine is as neat as yours but I’m really pleased. I managed to make the whole thing from bits and bobs we had lying around the house already, including a bridle make from strips of “leatherette” chair fabric.
    Couldn’t have managed it without the tutorial so thanks again.
    P.S. the Galloping Horse video gave us lots of smiles.

    • Posted April 30, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

      So happy it worked, would love to see it!

  18. Anna
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    This is adorable!! I saw one just like this design on Etsy… http://www.sewstitchincool.etsy.com

    • Posted June 23, 2013 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

      Wow, yes that’s my horse! And thanks for the link, I’d like to make sure that they link back to me so thank you!

  19. Katara
    Posted June 22, 2013 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    This is great! Do you sell them as well?

  20. Jennifer
    Posted July 4, 2013 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    Awesome tutorial. I’m nearly halfway done making ELEVEN of them for my son’s farm themed birthday (in place of loot bags for all his little friends). Thanks so much for the great tutorial. Now back to work for me.

  21. Donna
    Posted July 20, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    THANK YOU for posting this pattern. One of my 1st grade students never had the opportunity to attend the local rodeo (he has 4 siblings and his mother couldn’t handle them all at the rodeo). I promised I would go and help supervise. The day we went they had a stick horse race! I decided to make stick horses for everyone! The kids loved the and everyone at the rodeo kept asking where they could buy one. They were a big hit.
    A BIG THANK YOU for creating this pattern.

    • Posted July 23, 2013 at 9:56 am | Permalink

      Donna thank you for telling me all about your stick adventures, I LOVE to hear any successes people have had with my pattern! So glad that it worked out for you!!

  22. Lorraine
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    Brilliant

  23. Danielle G
    Posted August 25, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    I was hoping you could answer a question for me before I started. I have the upholstery thread to attach everything to the stick, but wanted to make sure the sewing on the head was done with regular thread before I started.

  24. Posted September 2, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    I made this for my boys 2nd birthday and I am so happy to find this tutorial! All the other patterns were either the sock or looks like a sock.. I LOVE the look of this horse! Instead of the eyes you have, I used the funny eyes (the kind that move) because my son loves those! It turned out more comical, but it looks really fun!

    I am going to take his 2 year pictures with it and a cowboy hat and I am SO excited about it! I will post them on my photography blog when I get them done in a couple weeks. Stop by and have a look! memorielaynephotography.blogspot.com. I’ll be sure to link your page!

    Thank you so much for this!

  25. Carol
    Posted September 29, 2013 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    Thank you for posting this hobby horse tutorial. Your horse head design and instructions are the best I have seen.

  26. Dewayne K. Scott
    Posted September 30, 2013 at 3:16 am | Permalink

    Hi Mad Mim,

    I am going to make this stick horse out of wood for my grandson thank you for the pattern that you posted on this site. I am sure he will have fun riding his stick horse around the house and yard.

  27. Posted October 11, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    This horsey is just too cute! I jumped right in making one for my grandson for Christmas, but it turned out a little disproportionate. There are so many positive comments here that I have to wonder what I did wrong! I have a ton of past sewing experience, but I must have lost my touch. I put everything as marked on the pattern, but the nostrils ended up a little too close to the seam. When I was putting the pink mouth piece in, it ended up a little too long. Same thing happened with the front neck strip. There is at least an extra inch there. My fabric isn’t stretchy at all, so that isn’t the problem. I used 3/8″ seams everywhere. Hmmm… I wonder if it could have gotten skewed in the printing process? Would you mind giving me some pattern measurements so I can check this? Such as, top of the head to bottom of neck, and dimensions of the mouth rectangle and also the long neck strip. If I get this right, I’d like to make them for all the grandkids for Christmas. It only took me a couple short evenings to completely assemble the head. I haven’t stuffed it or made the safety puff thing for the stick yet. Once I get it right, I should be able to whip these out pretty fast. It’s just darling!

  28. marla3206
    Posted November 5, 2013 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    This is spectacular. You did an amazing job with tutorial. Bang on. My niece 1 wants to learn to sew and I think this will be our first project. We will use cheaper material because I’m sure for a first sewing project it isn’t going to look as spectacular as yours, Thank you for sharing this for free.

    • Posted November 5, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

      You know I have to admit this one of the more time consuming tutorials I’ve done, but it has been so worth to see people make and love these little horses. And thank you for taking the time to show appreciation, it means a lot! Good luck to your niece, this would be such a fun first project!

  29. Karen Coffman
    Posted November 14, 2013 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    Just fininshed this fabulous horse. He has some imperfections that give him character. My fault, not yours. My grandson will love this I hope. He broke his boughten stick horse. This one should last. Thank you for all the information. It was great.

    • Posted November 14, 2013 at 10:18 am | Permalink

      I love hearing success stories, I’m sure your grandson will love it! Thanks for commenting!

  30. Cate Valpiani
    Posted November 14, 2013 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing this pattern! I love your blog and find it inspiring. I wish there was some way that I could upload a photo of the stick horse I just made for my grand-daughter, Abi. Hers is brown velveteen with a black mane and green gingham halter. This is definitely one of the staple toys of childhood for active, imaginative kids. Also a nice alternative to the plague of pink princesses about at the moment :)

  31. Sandy
    Posted December 2, 2013 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    Great! I made him for a girl in my class in Blue (her favorite coulor). In Holland we do Surprises on the 5th of December so I hide a present inside.
    Thanks. You made it very easy to make with all the foto’s.

  32. MaryAnne
    Posted December 4, 2013 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much, this was so fun. My stick horse turned out to be a donkey, and we named him Donkey.. I will be giving this to my 1 1/2 year old

  33. Posted December 7, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    Hi Miriam,

    I made another horsey! ^v^ Different colors from my first horse. My niece that got the first stick horse looooves her horse so much so, that when she was over in my craft room and saw a picture of the horse, she pointed “mine!” (she was only 18months at the time, cute eh!). This horse is for my other niece; http://neenkster.com/2013/12/stick-horse-2/

    Thanks again for this awesome tutorial! ^v^

    • Posted December 20, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

      I love the pink fleecy ears and mouth! I have a variety of stripes and such picked out for my granddaughters, but don’t know that I want to brave the thick fleece. I, too, like using mixed colors for the mane. A very cute project and keepsake gift!

      • Nienke
        Posted January 5, 2014 at 9:22 am | Permalink

        thank you Pam!! Looking forward to see your horse!
        The fleece is doable with a walking foot, do you own one? Or just a lot of patience. Good luck! :)

  34. Posted December 19, 2013 at 5:55 am | Permalink

    I just made one for my niece with some of my own modifications. Thank you for the awesome (and easy) tutorial! You can see mine at facebook.com/stitchuponatime

  35. Theresa archer
    Posted December 20, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    This is a very well written pattern. The finished horse actually looks like a real horse not a cartoony horse. I have made 3 of them for my daughter and her friends. They are a real hit. Thank you for putting so much time and effort to share this with us.

  36. brianna
    Posted December 31, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much! my daughter will be a riding cowgirl in no time now :D

  37. Posted January 2, 2014 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    Hi Mim, thanks so much with this awesome tutorial, most definitely the best hobby horse’s one I’ve come across so far! I’ve just made a zebra reusing a baby snowsuit, and your fab tutorial. If you want to have a peep, the link goes to my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheHugTree/posts/617095944994073

    • Posted January 4, 2014 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for sharing the link here, it turned out so so cute!!

  38. Christine
    Posted January 12, 2014 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    WOW!! I am sooooo impressed with your step by steps and I love your little GIF file. I am going to be making hobby horses as a medieval activity for kids (this was propular in the 1500s), and your DIY is fantastic! It goes beyond just tracing out. You’ve got a fan here!

    • Posted January 13, 2014 at 12:17 am | Permalink

      Thank you, Christine! I love to see pictures of finished projects, send some my way when you finish! (If you get a minute:)

  39. Posted January 13, 2014 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    I made one and blogged about it here: http://mama-says-sew.blogspot.com/2014/01/diy-hobby-horse.html

    Thanks for the fantastic tutorial! My girls love them!

    • Posted January 20, 2014 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

      Terra those are amazing!! It never ceases to amaze me how unique and beautiful people’s interpretation of this project are!! I LOVE those vibrant fabrics, and love those action shots. Thank you so much for sharing!

  40. Irene Tawfiq
    Posted January 19, 2014 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    please send me this pattern and instruction

  41. Angie
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    Just made one of these today after finding tutorial last night out of a towel. ( I am quick. haha) I just think I need make a strap for the kids to hold. I used a 3 foot piece of pvc pipe I had for the stick and covered it with felt and stitched the horse to it. I don’t really have any way to post a pic :(

    • Posted January 27, 2014 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

      I love that you found the tutorial last night and already did it!! And also that you used a pvc pipe, that probably worked well. My first horse I made was out of a towel! So glad it worked for you!

    • Marla3206
      Posted January 27, 2014 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

      I’m impressed with the out of the box thought you put in this. I wish I was so creative. I have old towels and old mop sticks. I’ll definitely make this again using recycled materials. I wish I had thought of this. Thanks for posting.

  42. Susan
    Posted February 9, 2014 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Love your pattern and I will be making three horses. Is the 3/8 seam allowance inside the cut lines of the pattern or do I add to the 3/8 to the outside of the cut line?
    Thank you for this adorable stick horse!

    • Posted February 13, 2014 at 12:51 am | Permalink

      The cut line includes the seam allowance, good question! And good luck!

  43. Desiree Smith
    Posted February 13, 2014 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    I made a Zebra one yesterday and very pleased with the outcome. Did the nose and eyes differently but a really super outcome. Thank you!

  44. Desiree Smith
    Posted February 13, 2014 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    How do I send a pic of my zebra and any future ones?

    • Posted February 13, 2014 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

      I would SOO love to see it!! If you have a facebook page or blog or something you can post it there, and then post the link in a comment here, OR just upload a pic onto the madmim facebook page, OR you can email me and I’ll I can upload it to the facebook page!

      • Desiree Smith
        Posted February 14, 2014 at 4:01 am | Permalink

        I did have a good giggle, just the sort of thing I do!! Drives my sons crazy…. I cannot find an email address or work out how to upload a pic. HELP, really want to send a pic.

        Des

      • Desiree Smith
        Posted July 8, 2014 at 12:11 am | Permalink

        What is your email address? I am still wanting to send you some pics. Desiree Smith

  45. Jo Ann
    Posted April 21, 2014 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    I don’t understand how to put the pink tongue/mouth on. Can you clarify for me?

  46. Lucy Palmer
    Posted July 7, 2014 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    Hi I can’t seem to print out the pattern properly, I keep on getting bits of it chopped off. Is it designed for A4 paper size and do I need any specific print settings? Thanks

    • Lucy Palmer
      Posted July 7, 2014 at 10:48 am | Permalink

      ok ignore me once I downloaded it and printed it it was fine just didn’t like printing from online!

  47. Andee
    Posted July 25, 2014 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Thank you SO much for a sharing this tutorial. It’s been very helpful.

  48. Donna
    Posted October 22, 2014 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    thankyou so very much for this fabulous pattern for the Hobby Horse. I just made it for my 3 1/2 year old grandson. Your instructions were easy to follow. This will be one of his Christmas gifts and I’m sure he’s going to just love it.

    Many thanks
    Donna

  49. Danielle Profeta
    Posted October 28, 2014 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing this tutorial. My 5 year old Grand daughter, wanting to be Sheriff Callie for Halloween, told me she needed a horse. (We use my kitchen chairs turned backwards as horses when she is visiting.) She knows her grandee loves to make things for her. Your tutorial was very helpful and easy to understand. Although I didn’t follow exactly (I didn’t have the right color yarn), I think it came out pretty darn good. I would love to add a picture but don’t know how to do it in this format. Thanks again.

  50. Kathy
    Posted December 3, 2014 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing the instructions and pattern for your stick horse? I am well underway with mine ( loved the way you walk it through! ) I am making this horse for my 2 yr. old granddaughter for Christmas. She is horse crazy already.

    Thanks again!
    Your the best!
    Kathy

  51. Heidi Brown
    Posted December 19, 2014 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    I just made this for my daughter for Christmas. THANK YOU Abundantly for such an excellent pattern! We are having a homemade Christmas this year since my husband got sick and lost his job. This is so much cuter then anything I could’ve purchased at a store for my 3 year old daughter. Thank you also for your generosity in making it a free pattern! It was a true blessing for me!

    • Posted December 20, 2014 at 6:37 am | Permalink

      Yay!! Great job!! I love to hear success stories, and I’m also so glad to help you out with a DIY Christmas, they’re always the most fun:) I’m excited for you to give your 3 year old this, it will no doubt be a smashing success!

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