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Make a Stick Horse

Howdy Doody May Arts followers! Any of you folks have a Bronco Buster that wants to ride off the ranch and into the sunset?  Well I have two cowpokes myself that love to play cowboy, and what is a ranger without a trusty steed?  Throw on your chaps and strap on your spurs because I’m going to show you the cutest outlaw you ever did see!

Make a Stick Horse

I created this hobby horse by tracing our Christmas stockings onto a piece of upholstery fabric. Cut, machine sew the edges inside out (putting yarn hair inside the neck seam), turn and stuff.  Before sewing the neck hole I squirted E6000 industrial strength glue into the hole before inserting a wooden dowel. Then I sewed the hole closed as best I could and glued closed close to the dowel and hold with binder clips until dry.  Attach button eyes, and ears.

To create the May Arts Ribbon bridal for the horse:

Measure the circumference of the horses nose, Cut a piece of blue striped grosgrain and sew a seam on the under side of the horses neck.  Slide on to the nose.

Make a Stick Horse

Then measure the distance from the nosepiece to the mane of the horse (cut 2 pieces) Remove nosepiece and sew one to each side, discussing edges.  Cut a 2’ piece for the reins and attach 1.5” from the top mane edge on each side.  Slide the bridal back onto the horses nose and sew edges as close to the mane as possible (the hair will disguise the ends of the ribbon.

Make a Stick Horse

*Tip: Cut your ribbon with a i-magicut ribbon cutter from Imaginisce to prevent your ribbon from fraying.

Make a Stick Horse

Make a Stick Horse

Blog post by: Virginia Fynes

May Arts Ribbon Used:

May Arts Striped Grosgrain Ribbom

Partners in Craft Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

  • Upholstry Fabric
  • 2 large buttons
  • Stuffing
  • Large wooden dowel
  • Wool yarn
  • Sewing Machine
  • E6000 glue

  1. Kristie Maynard

    Adorable! TFS.

  2. Jennifer Scull

    this is just as cute as can be! any cowpoke would love it! 🙂

  3. Sue D

    Very cute–love the striped bridle.

  4. Charlene

    Sweet gift and perfect for any little cowpoke!

  5. erin

    What a great gift.


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