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How to make a stuffed horse head

Updated February 21, 2017

If you are making a stick horse or rocking horse, you can make a stuffed horse head for the project. A good fabric for the head is corduroy or velour. Choose a thick fabric, so it will be more durable. If you can find a furry fabric, even better! When the head is just about complete, the end will need to be sewn up to keep in the stuffing. You may need to alter this end, depending on how you intend to use the horse's head.

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  1. Make a pattern for your stuffed horse. This will be a head and neck view. You will need a large sheet of paper. A large paper grocery sack, that has been cut open to make one large piece, can work, depending on what size you want for the head. Make the pattern "fatter" than a real horse, and make the ears fat. They will shrink in size when sewn, so give each area a little extra space.

  2. Cut out the pattern and trace the design on two pieces of fabric. Cut the design out. You should have two identically shaped horse heads, cut from fabric.

  3. Trace the ear area of the horse's head, and cut out two ear shapes from another piece of fabric.

  4. Lay one ear piece on one piece that you cut out in step 2. Lay the fabric pieces so that the right sides are in, and the back sides of the fabric is on the outside. Line up the pieces. Stitch along the outer edge of the ear, sewing the two pieces together. Set aside, and repeat the step using the other two pieces of fabric: the horse's head and ear piece.

  5. Turn the ears right side out and iron the seams so the ears lay flat. Fold the ears down, on the right side of the fabric.

  6. Lay one of the horse heads on a flat surface, with the right side of the fabric facing you, and the ear turned down and facing you. Cut strands of yarn for the mane and lay them along the neck of the horse and forehead. Sew into place, keeping as close to the edge as possible.

  7. Lay the second piece over the first, with the right sides touching each other, and the backside of the fabric facing you. Sew the two pieces of fabric together. Be careful not to catch the loose ends of the yarn in the seam, but the sewn ends should be stitched over with the seam. All of the yarn and the ears should be inside the two pieces. The bottom of each ear should be included in the seam. Do not sew the bottom of the neck together. This will need to remain open to insert the stuffing.

  8. Turn the horse's head right side out. Stuff the horse with quilt batting or stuffing. Stuffing can be purchased at the craft or yardage store. Sew the bottom of the neck together. Add eyes to the horse. These can be cut from felt and glued into place.

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Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Yarn
  • Stuffing
  • Felt
  • Glue

About the Author

Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real-estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University, Fullerton.

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