How to Make a Stick Horse with Pattern Suggestion #ChristmasGiftIdeas #SewingProjects

The image shows the Chelly Wood doll (a Spin Master Liv doll that has been altered to look like the real doll clothing designer, Chelly Wood) holding up Vogue 18 inch doll's plush horse pattern number 7603. The photo on the cover of the Vogue 7603 doll collection pattern shows a plush 18 inch doll dressed in formal riding gear and standing next to a plush horse with a yarn mane, a saddle, bridle, and saddle blanket, all of which appear to be handmade. In one corner of the image we see the Chelly Wood logo, reminding us that the discussion about how to turn this plush horse toy pattern into a stick horse can be found at Chelly Wood dot com.
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When my girls were little I made them stick horses for Christmas, and I used this Vogue pattern #7603.

The pattern was originally intended for making a plush horse to fit 18 inch dolls, like American Girl, but when I found Vogue 7603 at JoAnn Fabrics, I knew this pattern would be ideal for making a pair of stick horses.

The pattern calls for fake fur or wool, as you can see here, but that’s not what I used:

Here we see text from Vogue doll collection pattern #7603. There's a red rectangle around the text that suggests fabrics for the horse pattern: "Wool coating and low pile fake fur."
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If I remember correctly, I actually used purple flannel for my oldest daughter’s stick horse and rainbow striped cotton for my youngest daughter’s stick horse. My oldest was more of a true cowgirl, you see, and my youngest was more of a fairies-and-unicorns type of child.

One inch (diameter) dowel rods were easy enough to come by at the hardware store.

Adapting the pattern wasn’t too hard. I left the neck attached to the head part of the pattern (in fact, I extended the neck a bit by taping newspaper to the bottom of it, to allow for a gathered seam), but I removed the horse’s body, since I wouldn’t need that for the stick horse.

However the original pattern was too small for what I had in mind.

Re-sizing the pattern was the tricky part. I took my pre-cut-and-adapted pattern pieces to a photocopy center and enlarged them — the percentage I can’t remember — but I more or less just eye-balled about how big I needed to re-size the patterns, in order to make the head seem realistic in proportion to the stick.

I enlarged each head and neck piece, using the exact same percentage number, so the pieces would all fit together again when the project was sewn together. For example, it might have been a 120% enlargement.

Then I just followed the directions for making the head, as they were printed on the pattern instruction page. When it came to the neck gathers, I just hemmed the raw fabric at the bottom of the neck and gathered it with strong quilting thread until it was tight against the stick and tied it off.

And that’s how I made my daughters’ stick horses.

Have you ever made stick horses for children? And if so, what pattern did you use? Or did you just create a pattern of your own? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section. Feel free to add links to websites that offer great stick horse project plans!

A purple and turquoise quilt frame surrounds the Chelly Wood website logo and a black and white image of a child's stick horse toy.
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