If you'd like to make one too, here's a list of supplies and instructions:
- Plastic eyelashes (Darice) - cut 2 pieces 1.25"
- Two animal eyes - brown 12 mm
- Three colors of felt - I used tan, dark brown & white
- Batting - poly fill
- Cording - 44" - cut 6", 4" and 26" for the bridle, the remainder is to wrap around the dowel
- 2 bells
- One sock
- 5/8" wooden dowel - our first dowel was 3/8" wide and within one day, this strong boy had broken it. 5/8" was much stronger & after playing with it for a week, it's still intact.
- Hot glue
- 2 - 1 inch metal rings
- Mane: cut two pieces of tan felt 9" x 4.5"
- Sew the two pieces together down the middle to form the felt mane.
- Cut 1/2" hair slants (see photos).
- Bangs: cut two pieces of tan felt 4.5" x 2"
- Sew down the middle of the felt mane.
- Cut 1/2" bang slats.
- Find the center of the heal of the sock - pin the bangs onto that spot.
- Pin the mane behind the bangs in the center of the sock's leg.
- With a zigzag stitch, sew the main & bangs onto your sock.
- Download the pattern for the horses eyes and ears HERE.
- Sew the inner ear to the outer ear with a straight stitch.
- Fold the ear in half with the inner ear inside the outer ear.
- Hand stitch the ears on both sides of the bangs to the sock.
- Cut out two "whites" of the eyes from white felt.
- Cut a tiny pin hole through the whites.
- About 2 inches below the ears, place the eye whites.
- Poke a pin through your hole & cut another tiny hole.
- From the outside of the hole, push the brown plastic eye through the hole.
- From the inside of the hole, attach the metal ring around the plastic eye post.
- Behind the whites of the eye, glue the plastic eyelashes in place.
- Stuff the sock with the fiberfill or batting.
- For the bridle, wrap the cording around the toe of the sock as pictured, looping it around the metal rings and then gluing it in place.
- Add the bells to the rings on the outside of the bridle.
- Glue or sew in place two tan nostrils toward the toe on the sock as pictured.
- Insert the pole inside the sock all the way to the top of the heal, making sure a little batting is wrapped around the wooden dowel.
- Apply a little hot glue around the inside of the dowel and carefully push the sock around the pole from the outside.
- On the outside of the sock, add hot glue to the tip of the cording, right where you glued the sock & dowel together. Wrap the cording around the sock, spiraling down & adding extra glue as you go to the underneath side of the cording.
- Give the stick pony to a child and watch them gallop around and feed their pony a little grass.
This little guy loved the eye lashes. After I put them onto the horse, I wasn't sure if I liked them, but after watching him rub his fingers back and forth through the lashes, I decided they were a fun addition to this pony. Also, the bells are a must for a stick pony! My grandson liked the jingling sound they made as he pranced around his backyard. What is it about toys that make noise? I guess its every kids' dream to prance around on a horse. This little project brings it to life. Enjoy!
Shared at these parties: 2 Crochet Hooks, Nap-time Creations, Simple Simon & Company, The Dedicated House, Paisley Roots