Wearing his Christmas bow
In the spirit of the 70s pattern styling, I decided that it would need to be a bit more interesting than your usual brown or black horse. So, I plumped for bright green. Of course! The body fabric is something man-made with a velvet-like feel. The mane, tail and saddle are fleece. The pattern recommends felt for these parts but I wanted to make the cover washable, so fleece was a better option. I used some felt scraps for the eyes and the mouth and nose were hand-embroidered
Dot kissing the Loch Ness monster (aka Horatio pre-covering)
The pattern has you putting the stuffing directly into the body but I wanted to have a removable cover so that it can be washed. I made the body using a charity shop bed sheet (without adding the ears) and then added two zips to the cover so that it can be slipped on and off easily. Also, the horse now has an unzippable bum flap:
The zips curve around the side and underneath the horse
I wish I'd recorded how long it took to make as it was put together over quite a few evenings and afternoons. The cost was around £50 for materials, all of which came from Remnant Kings. The project was accompanied by several freak-outs, namely:
The Nose Sewing Freak Out - Ugh, sewing the nose was the trickiest part of the horse. You have to ease a long strip of fabric onto the two curved sides. and easing is my least favourite thing to do. It required loads of ripping and re-sewing and the end result isn't perfect but it's good enough and mistakes aren't too noticeable.
The Stuffing Freak Out - I hadn't bought stuffing at the same time as the fabric and when I got to this point and looked in the pattern, it stated that I needed 4kg of stuffing. Checking the Hobbycraft website to get an idea of cost told me this would cost £48 if I bought it from them. Just for stuffing! Eek! A lot of money when you're not sure how something will turn out. Luckily when I phoned Remnant Kings the next day, I found out it would only cost £20 from them. Phew. But it was a whole black bin liner full:
The 'Will She Like it?' Freak Out - I'd put a lot of work into this and toddlers can be as unpredictable as cats when it comes to the things they like. I'd be really sad if she didn't want to sit on it.
The End of the Project Freak Out - The reins and bridle were the last thing to sew and I was making a real mess of this simple bit of sewing. I had that thing you get at the end of a big project, where you get really stressed when the end is in sight. My Current Husband had to talk through this nonsensical freak out.
The result? She likes it!
Christmas Day action shot of riding the horse
When she first saw it she spent a bit of time petting its mane and then sat on it and 'rode' it. I think she'll get a few years of use out of it too.
Enjoying a festive sofa advert
Next year will see more vintage patterns sewn by me. I have a pile that I can't wait to get started on.
I'll see you in 2015 - Happy New Year and thank you for reading and commenting this year. It means a lot and keeps me motivated to sew and blog.