So the other night while browsing the interwebs I ran across a picture of a kid on a hobby horse. You know, those horse heads on a stick where you get to pretend you are galloping around the house on your swift steed? I remember my brother and I both got some one Christmas...and in remembering them, I know that my mother made them. I am crafty, surely I can do this...
I first see what all craft supplies I have...I have several colors of leftover fleece. Brown from two Halloweens ago (FYI if you are going to be He-Man, you can use brown fleece to make perfect He-Man boots that will go over your shoes and with elastic stay above your calf. LOL), cream felt from making a giant pair of dice five years ago (because if you are having a Vegas-themed wedding reception, then you need a card box that is made to look like giant dice)...and then the pink fleece I think came from when I bought scraps of fabric to make clothes for the dog. Yes. I am that person, but having a kid to deal with has lead me away from that path. In my defense she is a dachshund and was in the process of being trained for wiener dog racing and the costume contests that sometimes go with events that have the racing...oh, this doesn't defend me? Oh well.
So I figured the horse could be brown and I could cut the cream fleece into strips for the mane. I knew that I had polyester fiberfill downstairs and also had a dowel rod from when we redid the closets.
I set off on the interwebs browsing pictures of hobby horses to see how I wanted to draw mine up-- but then I ran across the most perfect horse ever, and it was on a blog with pattern and instructions!
Since I used the pattern and instructions from Mad Mim, I wont show pictures of the process because hers are perfect...but I will show the few things I changed.
All of the cutting out and most of the sewing happened during his nap. We ate dinner and then I finished up his horse. I tell you, it does feel good to see that awestruck look on his face that says "holy cow, mommy is magic!"