Stick horses were a very popular toy at one time. Even now, with the many video games and electronic toys available on the market, stick horses still hold a special place in many people’s hearts, and younger children still receive them as gifts today.
I’d love to see how many of you had one of these as a kid, so after you finish the tutorial, leave me a comment below and let me know if you were stick horse rider in your younger days!
Stick horse head template (Click here to download the free pdf template)
2 feet of fabric for your horse’s head
Sewing machine or needle and thread
Scrap pieces of pellon for ears
Fabric glue or a hot glue gun
Stuffing (Organic cotton batting available on Amazon)
Wire bristle brush
2 buttons for eyes
2 metallic buttons
5 feet of 1/2 inch wide ribbon
1 stick or dowel
Using a dowel as the stick part gives you a nice, smooth surface, but you could also opt for a more natural, eco-friendly approach by using a stick gathered on a woodland walk. Or you could do as I did here and recycle some old wrapping papers rolls to use as the “stick.” Just slice a roll lengthwise, and insert it inside another to make it good and sturdy. Do this until you have a “stick” make of 3 or 4 rolls.
These stick horses are a fun way to use up miscellaneous buttons, stray ribbon rolls, and scrap pieces of pellon. They’re also great for using up excess batting you may have had from previous projects. (And if you want to make a toy you can really feel good about giving, try some organic cotton batting).
I chose to make my horse fairly plain, since I’m a huge fan of the old westerns, but there’s no reason you can’t make your horse a bit more whimsical. Experiment with using flowered material for the horse’s head, or spiral a ribbon down the stick, or you could even sew on a horn for a stick unicorn instead! Just experiment and have fun.
How to Make a Stick Horse video tutorial Copyright © Amber Reifsteck ~ The Woodland Elf
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