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Stick Horse / Hobby Horse

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Author Rustic Horseshoe
Price $8.99
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by Mull, Kathy
on April 16th, 2016

“Very cute and not difficult to make!”

I have made and sold over 1500 stick horses and ponies made from this pattern that I created in 2009. Since 2009, I have made several edits to my pattern and have perfected my pattern to what you see represented in the many photos you'll see of my stick horses and ponies here on Etsy. This is my original design/pattern, designed by me with a trusty pencil, big eraser and paper, and many adjustments over the years. This is the very first pattern I created.

A Rustic Horseshoe Original Design, all rights reserved, copyright 2009-2014.


I have given my pattern/tutorial an entire makeover compared to earlier released versions. In this tutorial/pattern you will receive:

Detailed step by step instructions
Photos that accompany each step
Full size pattern pieces for the Horse and Pony sizes
Tips for the best results
Options for some steps that can be done in a couple different manners
List of vendors for items such as the safety bolted eyes I use

Nothing will be mailed to you, this is a digital file only. This listing is for the digital pattern and tutorial for Rustic Horseshoe's original basic stick horse and pony. This listing is not for the actual horse or pony and is not a hard copy of the pattern/tutorial. You will need to download the digital file which will be available immediately after purchase and then print what pages you would like. I am happy to print this for you and mail it to you; however appropriate additional charges will apply. Please contact me for details.

I am also available via e-mail for any questions you may have along the way...I stand behind my products and will help you through any steps the best I can.




*~26" tall
*Dowel is 7/8" diameter
*Weighs about 1 pound
*Head is ~8" from base of neck to top of the head (excluding ears) and ~8" from the nose to neck and ~4" wide
*Standard with 1/2" wide cotton webbing bridle (a different bridle may be requested, some cost more)
*some are pictured with a grosgrain saddle stitched ribbon...please request this option*
*Ideal age range up to about 3.5 to 4 years old (depending on the individual child)

*~40" tall *dowel can be cut to a shorter length upon request
*Dowel is 1" diameter
*Weighs about 2 pounds
*Head is ~12 inches from base of neck to top of head (excluding ears) ~12" from nose to neck and ~6" wide
*Standard with a 1" wide cotton webbing bridle (a different bridle may be requested, some cost more)
*Ideal age range around 3.5 to 7+ years old (depending on the individual child)


DISCLAIMER: All photos are stock photos, you will not receive the actual completed horse or pony, this is a pattern/tutorial only.


Copyright and Terms of Use
I create my patterns by hand, picturing my end product and carefully drawing out each piece with a trusty pencil and eraser. Then the trial, error and correction process begins until I reach my end design. I have put a lot of hard work in to developing my patterns and putting them in a tutorial form and I greatly appreciate your honesty and respect of my copyright.

This pattern/tutorial may not be reproduced, shared, distributed or sold for any purpose in part or whole. This includes sale, sharing or distribution by any means including but not limited to electronic methods (e-mail, etc), hardcopy methods (printed, etc). No part of this pattern may be used to create another tutorial or pattern, all content and photos are copyright protected.
Proof of purchase:
Please retain a copy of your sale receipt as proof of purchase
Sale of items made from this pattern
You may create items from this pattern/tutorial to sell, however, they may not be mass produced, such as on a large commercial scale. It is intended for home crafters only. The responsibility lies with you to follow any laws regarding age related safety protocols for the construction and labeling of any items made by you and sold using this tutorial as craftsmanship and material choices vary. For the design, Please give credit where credit is due as follows:
Craft Fairs/Trade Shows:
Please note on a removable hang tag that this item is “made from a Rustic Horseshoe design” I have provided some basic printable tags for your convenience.
Online Listings/sales:
Please give credit to Rustic Horseshoe for the design/pattern using a statement in your item description as follows “made from a Rustic Horseshoe Original Design pattern”
Alterations to the patterns for items made for sale:
You may make alterations to this pattern; however, you must still note on a hang tag or in your online information/listing that it is made from a Rustic Horseshoe Original Design pattern or an altered Rustic Horseshoe Original Design pattern.

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 60 inches of 1” wide cotton webbing (or desired ribbon or fabric) (for bridle)
 8” x 8” square of minky or fleece (for the inner ear)
 1/3 yard fabric (I prefer a heavy cotton fabric, generally duck canvas) (for head)
 ¾ skein yarn (for the mane)
 ½ skein embroidery floss (optional) (for the blanket stitch detail)
 ~12 oz poly-fil (fiber filling)
 Eyes (I prefer 30mm safety bolted eyes)
 1” x 36” wooden dowel (for horse size) or 7/8” x 24” wooden dowel (for pony size)

Equipment and Notions Needed

 Sewing machine
 Thread
 Embroidery Needle (optional, need only if doing blanket stitch)
 Fabric Scissors
 Awl (if using safety bolt eyes)
 Hot Glue and Hot Glue Gun or Fabric Glue
 Staple Gun and 5/8” Staples (optional to use in place of zip tie)
 Loom for mane & forelock (DVD case, cardboard or Rustic Horseshoe’s wooden loom)

 11” Zip Tie *optional
 2” wooden ball with a 1” hole drilled in about ½ inch in for horse size or 1 ½” wooden ball with 7/8” hole drilled in about ½ inch for pony size
(this is optional and is to help keep the dowel from eventually rubbing through the fabric)

by Mull, Kathy
on April 16th, 2016

Very cute and not difficult to make!