Ages: 2 years and up
Looking for a fantasy variation on our Homemade Hobbyhorse? Try this magical creation. You can easily assemble it in about an hour from a dowel and a fuzzy slipper sock.
Loosely fill the slipper sock with polyester stuffing.
Make the nostrils. With the heel facing up, pinch the fabric on one side of the toe and sew a 1/2-inch-wide horizontal stitch across the pinch. Knot the ends, then repeat for the other nostril.
To make ears, cut four matching rounded triangles from felt (ours are 2 inches wide by 2 1/2 inches high). Glue them together in pairs. Slightly bend each ear to create a hollow, then sew them to the head as shown.
Cut out almond-shaped eyes and pupils from felt. Sew the pieces together, then sew them onto the head.
To make the mane, sew a 1-foot-long piece of yarn through the head where shown, then knot it close to the head so that it looks like fringe. Repeat, sewing and tying 34 more lengths of yarn about 1/2 inch apart to the back of the head and neck. Taper the width of the mane into a V shape as you work your way down the sock.
To make the horn, cut a 3- by 3-inch triangle from felt. Roll it into a cone and secure it with a line of hot glue along one edge. Trim the bottom edge of the cone so that it's straight across and fill the cone with stuffing. Hot-glue the horn to the forehead. Wrap the ribbon tightly around the horn and hot-glue it in place (fold the ends under to hide the raw edges).
Pad the top of the dowel with a large handful of stuffing. Pull the head over the dowel and add stuffing as needed. Apply one large bead of glue to the dowel, then press the sock to the glue for 5 seconds. Pleat and glue your way around the dowel, then glue the length of fringe to the dowel just below the sock.