How to make hobby horses out of socks

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How to make hobby horses out of socks
The hobby horse used to be called a cock horse. (Wikimedia Commons)

Whether your child fantasises about owning a pony or daydreams of being a part of the Wild West, a hobby horse can assist even the wildest imagination. Despite their simplicity, hobby horses have been popular toys for a number of years. Hobby horses are available for purchase at several toy shops. However, creating your own hobby horse at home is a way for you to spend time with your child, creating a toy that you too may have loved when you were younger.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Sock
  • Polyester stuffing
  • Cotton balls (optional)
  • Dowel
  • Cording (two different colours)
  • Black marker
  • Scissors
  • Felt (various colours)
  • Glue
  • Yarn

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Stuff the sock with polyester stuffing up to the heel. Use cotton balls if the polyester stuffing is not available.

  2. 2

    Push the dowel up to the heel of the sock and surround it with additional stuffing to secure it in place. Leave approximately 7.5 cm (3 inches) of the sock unstuffed at the bottom.

  3. 3

    Wrap the cording several times around the bottom of the sock, securing the dowel in place. Secure the cording with a knot or glue.

  4. 4

    Hold the toe area of the sock in one hand, making sure the heel is facing upwards, and colour in a circle on each side of the toe area using a black marker. These are the horse's nostrils.

  5. 5

    Cut four rounded triangles, using your scissors, from the felt pieces to make the horse's ears. Adjust the size of the felt pieces to reflect whether you want proportional ears or silly, oversized ears.

  6. 6

    Glue two felt pieces together to make one ear, and repeat to make the other ear. Bend the ears slightly forward so they have a hollow.

  7. 7

    Sew the bottom of the ears to the horse's head.

  8. 8

    Pick an eye colour for the horse, and choose that colour felt to cut out eye shapes.

  9. 9

    Glue the eyes onto the sock.

  10. 10

    Sew approximately 10 pieces of yarn to the sock, between the horse's ears, to form its forelock. Finger comb and arrange the yarn so it lies facing the horse's snout.

  11. 11

    Sew additional yarn down the length of the back of the sock until you have created a full mane.

  12. 12

    Glue two 30 cm (1 foot) pieces of cording, a different colour than you used earlier, on the horse's head to create the bridle. Glue one around the horse's snout and the other slightly behind the horse's ears.

  13. 13

    Drape at least 52.5 cm (21 inches) of cording around the back of the horse's head and glue the ends on the side of the bridle closest to the horse's snout. Place an additional dab of glue on the cording that is behind the horse's ears to secure the bridle in place.

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