DIY Sock Stick Horses Tutorial with @consumer_crafts @styrocrafts

Are y’all ready to learn how to make a DIY sock stick horse?  You may just die from cuteness y’all!  This is the perfect tutorial for a gift for that special kid in your life.  I think girls and boys alike would love these stick horses.  I actually made a whole herd of them for a cowboy birthday party I threw this past weekend.  Y’all stay tuned all week for details on my cowboy bash. Lets get started on our stick horses first.  This tutorial takes a ton of steps but trust me y’all it is easy and YOU CAN DO THIS!  

DIY Sock Stick Horses Tutorial from The Country Chic Cottage @countrychiccott
 
 

Items needed for the DIY Sock Stick Horse:

Some of the materials above where provided to me from some companies as part of other campaigns.  All opinions and projects are mine.  
 

Directions for the DIY Sock Stick Horse:

 
1.  Lets start with the halter for our horse.  Grab your brass plated key rings and jingle bells.  Put the jingle bells on the key rings just like you would a key.
 

DIY Sock Stick Horses Tutorial from The Country Chic Cottage @countrychiccott

 
2.  Cut your faux leather into 1 inch strips.  You will need 2 pieces 5 inches long and one piece 16 inches long.
 

DIY Sock Stick Horses Tutorial from The Country Chic Cottage @countrychiccott

 
3.  Use the zig zag stitch on your sewing machine to assemble your halter.  Sew them to the key ring as shown below.

 

DIY Sock Stick Horses Tutorial from The Country Chic Cottage @countrychiccott

4.  After all the pieces have been sewn to both key rings you will have a halter for your stick horse as shown below.

DIY Sock Stick Horses Tutorial from The Country Chic Cottage @countrychiccott
 
5.  Next is the mane.  Cut your yarn into 9 inch pieces.  You will need many cut pieces for the mane.  
DIY Sock Stick Horses Tutorial from The Country Chic Cottage @countrychiccott
 
6.  Mark your sock approximately 2 1/2 inches in front of the heel.  
 
DIY Sock Stick Horses Tutorial from The Country Chic Cottage @countrychiccott
 
7.  Add a little fiberfill stuffing into the toe of the sock.  
DIY Sock Stick Horses Tutorial from The Country Chic Cottage @countrychiccott
 
8.  Add your halter then add some more fiberfill to the sock.  Stop when you get close to your mark for 2 1/2 inches.
 

DIY Sock Stick Horses Tutorial from The Country Chic Cottage @countrychiccott

9.  Using that same zig zag stitch, begin at your 2 1/2 inch mark.  Fold each piece of yarn in half and sew the fold to the sock.  Pull the sock tight as you go slowly adding in yard mane pieces.  Be sure to stretch and pull the sock as you sew.  The halter should fall right on the back of the heel of the sock.  Sew it into the mane.  Stop sewing when you reach the ribs of the sock.

DIY Sock Stick Horses Tutorial from The Country Chic Cottage @countrychiccott

10.  Add fiberfill until you get to the heel area of the sock.  Then add in your Styrofoam ball.

DIY Sock Stick Horses Tutorial from The Country Chic Cottage @countrychiccott
 
11.  Add more fiberfill UNDER the ball to make that area of your horse wider.  
 

DIY Sock Stick Horses Tutorial from The Country Chic Cottage @countrychiccott

 
12.  Continue adding fiberfill and work and shape your horse until he looks right.  You can move the ball once inside the sock if you are not happy with the placement.  It is looking a little like a horse now don’t ya think?
 

DIY Sock Stick Horses Tutorial from The Country Chic Cottage @countrychiccott

 
13.  Now that you have a horse head, we can give him a haircut.  You can keep your mane long, cut it short, whatever you think looks best.  
 
 
DIY Sock Stick Horses Tutorial from The Country Chic Cottage @countrychiccott

 14.  Now lets add our lead rope.  Tie on the suede cording to the key ring.

DIY Sock Stick Horses Tutorial from The Country Chic Cottage @countrychiccott
 
15.  Leave a little room on the cording at the back of the head for a little hand to hold it.  Then tie the opposite end to the other key ring.  
 

DIY Sock Stick Horses Tutorial from The Country Chic Cottage @countrychiccott

 
16.  It is time for the details!  Use brown embroidery floss to go over the toe seam of your sock.  This makes a mouth.  
DIY Sock Stick Horses Tutorial from The Country Chic Cottage @countrychiccott
 
17.  One white button and one black button make a perfect eye.  Just sew them into place.  
DIY Sock Stick Horses Tutorial from The Country Chic Cottage @countrychiccott

18.  Cut ear shapes from brown felt.

DIY Sock Stick Horses Tutorial from The Country Chic Cottage @countrychiccott
 
19.  Fold them in half and sew them to the head by hand.  
 

DIY Sock Stick Horses Tutorial from The Country Chic Cottage @countrychiccott

 
20.  Now lets add the stick to our stick horse.  Fold up the length of the sock as shown.  
 

DIY Sock Stick Horses Tutorial from The Country Chic Cottage @countrychiccott

 
21.  Insert your stick into the horse head and push it INTO the Styrofoam ball that is in your head.  Make sure you press firmly and that the stick goes into the ball a few inches.  Determine where you will tie your horse head into place.
 

DIY Sock Stick Horses Tutorial from The Country Chic Cottage @countrychiccott

 
22.  Use a pen to mark that approximate location.
DIY Sock Stick Horses Tutorial from The Country Chic Cottage @countrychiccott
 
23.  Remove the stick and add E6000 glue to the marked area and also the very tip of the dowel that will be in the head.  
DIY Sock Stick Horses Tutorial from The Country Chic Cottage @countrychiccott
 
24.  Insert the dowel back into the head and use hemp twine to tie the head firmly into place.  Be sure to let the glue dry the recommended time on the packaging!  
DIY Sock Stick Horses Tutorial from The Country Chic Cottage @countrychiccott
 
25.  Tear your red checkered fabric into an 8 inch square.  
DIY Sock Stick Horses Tutorial from The Country Chic Cottage @countrychiccott
 
26.  Tie around your horse’s neck to hide your twine.  You can also use a bandanna for this step if you would like.
DIY Sock Stick Horses Tutorial from The Country Chic Cottage @countrychiccott
 
Whew.  You are done!  I kept on making and making until I had an entire herd of horses ready for a party. 
DIY Sock Stick Horses Tutorial from The Country Chic Cottage @countrychiccott
 
So far so good on these horses.  We have had the party and did not have any horse heads come off.  I believe the E6000 is working but if you find it fails for you an alternate method for attaching the head may be in order.  
DIY Sock Stick Horses Tutorial from The Country Chic Cottage @countrychiccott
 
Stay tuned all this week as I give you all the details of our cowboy party.  You don’t want to miss any of the fun.  
DIY Sock Stick Horses Tutorial from The Country Chic Cottage @countrychiccott
 
Grab a pack of socks next time you are at Walmart and make your little buckaroo their own DIY sock stick horse.  Hours of entertainment for your little one!
DIY Sock Stick Horses Tutorial from The Country Chic Cottage @countrychiccott

 

Comments

  1. says

    hey i am thinking about making some of these for someone’s wedding reception. do you know approximately how much this project cost to make that many? it would be awesome if you let me know. thanks!

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