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Saddle your hobby horse on a work trestle

DIY

by Panduro

Saddle your hobby horse on a work trestle

Saddle your hobby horse on a work trestle

How to instructions

  • 1

    Paint a work trestle with furniture paint. The trestle will be used as a body and holder for your hobby horse.

  • 2

    Hobby horses mane: Combine two different shades of grey yarn. Cut about 50 cm long pieces of yarn. Tie a knot at either end of a piece of yarn, and then sew one end between the horses ears, and the other to the base of the neck. Then tie individual pieces of yarn to the piece youve just sewn on to the horse. Once all pieces of yarn are tied on, sew them to the horse. Make fringe by tying pieces of yarn between the ears. If you like, you can separate the threads to make the mane fuller and curlier.

  • 3

    Hobby horse eyes: Glue on glass eyes with a hot glue gun. Cut out felt crescents and glue them on as eyelids, above the eyes. Then attach lashes along the edges of the lids.

  • 4

    Sew a saddle: Fold a piece of black cotton fabric in half and draw the biggest part of the saddle, following the pattern (download it below). Cut it out and zig-zag the edges. Place the wrong sides together and stitch all the way around, but leave a 10-15 cm opening. Turn the fabric right side out and iron the edges so that theyre nice and even. Sew up the opening.

  • 5

    Fold a piece of fabric in half and draw the upper saddle seat. Sew the same way as before, and unfold as with the bigger part of the saddle. Trace the seat, slightly smaller, onto a thick piece of felt and cut it out. Put the felt inside the seat and then stuff the edges in front and back with wadding. Sew a straight seam with a sewing machine in front of the wadding, in a half-moon shape, to hold the wadding firmly in place at the back. Repeat with the front and sew up the opening.

  • 6

    Sew a metal ring to each end of a leather strap. Place the strap over the bigger part of the saddle and sew in place at the top. Then attach the seat on top with hook and loop tape. (You can also sew or glue the seat in place.) If you like, attach a ribbon under the saddle, so that you can tie it to the work trestle.

  • 7

    Make a tail: Cut long pieces of both yarns and braid them together to

Whoa! Reuse an old work trestle to give your hobby horse a body and legs on which to stand after you go out riding. Paint the trestle the same colour as your horse so that they match. If you like, you can also sew a practical saddle to place over your pony's back. Download the pattern templates below.

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