Being the one who can easily sew and make stuff and always up for a challenge my fiancés aunt, Rikke, called to ask if I could make a hobby horse to her daughter. Sidsel is 12 and is riding in competition - she has been riding since she was old enough to sit on a pony. Her second love is stuffed toys. Needless to say, when Rikke accidentally shared a local hobby horse event, she got very excited. Enter: Me.
Sidsel had already all sorts of dreams of how it should look. It shouldn’t be so small like all the ones she had seen. It should be realistic. It should be red like her real life horse Laffe and it should have those big cartoony eyes. The color and eyes were most important.
I don’t go down on a challenge. I love it! So it is of course big, based on a picture of Laffe and has big eyes.
Here ridden by my mother-in-law who had the horse carrier going home to Sidsel (have in mind it’s not as big as it appears on the photos. She is holding it towards the camera so the proportions are off. It’s smaller than the real horse, but not a lot):
The real life Laffe:
A couple of process pictures:
I can’t take credit of the pattern. It was made by Baumi Horses and absolutely a great pattern. I scaled it up to double size from the original pattern but beyond that I didn’t make any changes. If you want to make a hobby horse and don’t know how to go about the pattern do get her’s. It’s well explained and has great details for how to make it a personal project.
Sadly Sidsel only got to ride him at home so far. The event was to take place last weekend but we are in lock down so she’ll have to wait with that. But then she can practice in the mean time.