Young Parents Team
Large thick men’s sock
Polyester stuffi ng from an old cushion
Black yarn for the mouth
Strong dark thread
2 large brown buttons
2 small black buttons
Scrap brown felt
Hot glue gun
1m yellow rope
4cm x 3cm stripes of orange felt, each about 40cm long
Strong twine or rope
Strong white thread
1. Fill foot portion of sock with as much polyester stuffing as possible, so that head is not floppy.
2. With black yarn and yarn needle, sew mouth in place using toe seam as guide on placement. Make knot on one side of mouth and pull yarn tightly across the front. Then make knot on other side to finish mouth.
3. Using strong black thread and normal needle, sew buttons in place for eyes. Make sure eyes are symmetrical and secure. (Note that buttons aren’t safe on toys for very young children – use felt circles instead.)
4. Cut quarter circles with pointy ends on brown felt for ears. Pinch ears in half as pictured and sew in place. Make sure they’re positioned symmetrically.
5. With hot glue gun, glue centre of rein (yellow rope) in place under bridle (orange felt) as shown. Using photo as guide, sew rest of bridle in place.
6. Insert broomstick into sock. Then fill rest of sock with stuffing, working around broomstick. Pack sock firmly with stuffing. Close end of sock opening around broomstick by wrapping twine around broomstick securely a few times. Tie knot in twine to make it secure. Glue or tie loose ends of rein to twine, around broomstick.
7. Take rectangle piece of orange felt and glue around twine to neaten grip.
8. Take each length of yarn from mop head and tie knot in middle. This yields two strands of hair on each side of head. Using strong white thread and normal needle, sew mane in place, starting at top of head (around where ears are). Take next yarn and continue in same fashion down neck. Trim mane to length you prefer.
Tip: You can also use strips of old fabric to make the horse’s mane. Or dye the mop head for a fun pop of colour.