Mini makes: Hobby horse craft

Give your toddler a gift from childhood with a homemade noble steed to play with

Maggy Woodley’s ‘Red Ted Art: Cute & Easy Crafts for Kids’ (£15.99, Square Peg).

What you’ll need:

  • Broom handle
  • Scarps of fabric
  • One of dad’s old socks
  • Saw
  • Stuffing
  • Sticky tape
  • String
  • Ball of wool
  • Buttons
  • Ribbon
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors

Step 1

Remove the brush end off the broomstick, then create a notch 20–30 cm down from the top to help hold the horse’s head in place*.

Step 2

Cover the top of the stick with stuffing and fabric scraps, then tape in place.

Step 3

Stuff your dad’s sock from the toe up to the heel, shaping it as you go to form a muzzle and head. Insert the stick and add stuffing around it to secure.

Step 4

Wrap a piece of string around the base of the head and tie tightly to the stick at the height you cut the notch.

Step 5

Cut out two tear-shaped pieces of dark grey felt for the outer ears, and then two light grey smaller pieces for the inner ears. Stitch together, pinch at the bottom to create an ear shape, then pin in position.

Step 6

Pin two black buttons on for eyes using the picture as a guide.

Step 7

Cut your ribbon into several lengths to create the halter. You need a piece to go around the muzzle and the head, a much longer piece to connect them together, and another to form the reins.

Step 8

Pin the ribbon pieces on to the head, checking that the eyes, ears and halter, all work nicely together. Sew in place.

Step 9

Mark a line between the horse’s ears from the top of the head to where you want the mane to end. Cut lots of 20cm lengths out of wool, form a loop with each, then stitch to the back of the horse’s head starting from the top working your way down. Don’t forget to add some lengths at the front of the horse’s head to make the forelock.

Step 10

Now it’s time for your toddler to giddy-up and gallop off!

*Adult supervision required.

Why not try… using a smaller stick and little one’s sock to make a pony to play with too.

Maggy Woodley’s ‘Red Ted Art: Cute and Easy Crafts for Kids‘ book (£15.99) is on sale now!

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