Want to make the cutest ever sock hobby horse for one of your little darlings? I made this one last Thursday night (rather than sleep, you know how it goes.....) as a part of my eight year old's Mordechai HaTzaddik purim costume, and it was a major hit! I've been wanting to make a sock hobby horse using a broomstick for years, and once my son gave me the go ahead all I had to do was make it happen. Fortunately, there's a great DIY from light blue grey, which is what I basically followed, though with lots of short cuts on account of needing to make this guy asap.
- a men's size sock
- yarn, preferably chunky
- chord or rope
- jingle bells
- a wooden broomstick
Follow the wonderful DIY here, but if like me you're short on time, you can do all or some of the following short cuts:
- hot glue the ears instead of sewing them on
- hot glue the button eyes instead of sewing them on
- hot glue the cuff of the sock to the broomstick rather than making a grooves in the stick to hold the binding in place
- make a halter that has only one piece, instead of two, one less step and in my case the horse looked cuter without the second piece
Additionally, I attached the reins with hot glue to a loop which I attached to the one piece of felt halter, and used some hot glue to make some of the mane lie flat. I also used all the bells that I had on hand to give the horse a more royal look, with gold bells on the neck, nose and two especially good ones that jingled hanging from a string.
And of course, one needn't wait until Purim to make a fun horse like this one, I'm quite sure that a DIY sock horse like this one would be welcome anytime!
And that crocheted beard? Learn more about it here, a fabulous accompaniement to a sock hobby horse!