14 Nov 2014

Make it: Unicorn Hobbyhorse with free PDF download

This month of DIY gifts is so exciting for us because we get to share so many things to make for your family and friends. Today I'm going to show you how to make any of the little princesses in your lives squeal with joy. We are making a Unicorn Hobby Horse!  We have included a PDF download for this too so you can print it off and keep it handy for birthdays as well as Christmas time.

You will need: 1/2 metre of white fleece, 3 x 15cm by 75cm strips of coloured fleece, ribbon, toy stuffing, thread (normal and extra strong), a pole or stick, scraps of felt or fleece in black and a pretty colour, pins, scissors and a sewing machine (optional) glue (optional).

Start by drawing out your pattern or use the one we have provided and scale it up to size. Place the unicorn head piece on top of two layers of fleece and cut around the template leaving a 1.5cm seam allowance all the way around. Do the same for the ears and horn, making sure you cut two extra ear pieces from a pretty colour of felt to make the inside of the ears. Stitch all the way around your head shape leaving the bottom open and snip into the seam allowance at all the curves. Next, fold over the horn, pin down the straight edge and stitch it down to make a cone. Also stitch the ears leaving the flat edge at the bottom open, then turn everything right side out.

Next, take a square scrap of fleece and a handful of stuffing and make a ball on the end of your stick by wrapping some thread around the base, I have used an old fabric pole, ask at your local fabric shop if they have any spares you can have, or head to a DIY store and pick up some dowelling. Start to stuff your unicorn head until you reach the bend at the top of the head then insert your pole. Continue to stuff down the neck until you are about 7-9 cm from the base of the neck. Take some strong thread and stitch around the neck pulling it in tight at the base, wrap some pretty ribbon around to cover the stitching and to help keep it in place on your pole.

Next you are going to make the mane. Layer up your three colours of fleece strips and pin them together along the centre. Stitch all the way down the centre of the strips. Take your super sharp scissors and start to snip the strips all the way along both sides leaving 1.5 cm between the end of your cut and the centre line of stitching. You should end up with a lovely fleecy hair do for your unicorn.

Stitch the mane to the base of the neck and tack it in place along the neck seam until you get to the forehead of your unicorn, then fold it back on itself and carry on tacking it on until you reach the end of your mane piece.

It should look a little bit like a horse now, so it is time to make the horn. Take the cone you stitched earlier and stuff it. Stitch up the bottom of the cone with some strong thread and without cutting the thread take it and wrap it up and around the cone, pulling it tightly to create the spiral up the horn. Finish off by stitching through the tip of the horn and tying off your thread.

Fold the ears in half and taking your strong thread again, stitch them to the head either side of the mane, then stitch around the base of the horn. Lastly take a scrap of black felt and cut yourself some cute eyelashes and stitch or glue them onto the unicorn's face.

Here is a picture of the template I drew, you can easily download this picture (right click on your mouse and choose save as or download our PDF) scale it up and use it for your own template.

I am in love with this girl, I am going to be hard pushed to let her go, but the little girl who is getting her for Christmas is going to just love her even more than me I'm sure!

We would love to see what gifts you are making for your loved ones this year, link in the comments or #livelovemake on Instagram or twitter to show us your goodies. 

Sammy xxx



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11 comments:

  1. Oooh, I love this so much! Thanks for the tutorial. I know a little girl who would love to get one of these for Christmas. Now to get sewing! :D

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  2. Hi Jubublian,

    Glad you like our Unicorn! You are welcome, I love sewing with fleece, no fraying edges to worry about and it is so cuddly.

    Sammy xxx

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  3. How cool! What a great idea for a DIY! It looks like it would be much more complicated to make than it actually is too! x

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    1. Thanks Kate, Yes so easy, but everyone will think its really complicated! my kind of make!

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  4. could you please tell me what you mean by tacking the mane? do you sew the mane onto the unicorn from top to bottom? thanks

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    1. Hi There,
      Yes, Sorry, To tack means to sew with large stitches. So sew the main on to the head of the unicorn. Hope that helps <3

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  5. Hi! Could you please give the approximate dimensions for the head when flat? Your pattern is so pretty and I want to make sure I size it correctly when I print. Thank you!!

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    1. Hey Lauren,
      our unicorn from nose to the back of the head was approx 40cm/18'' when flat. I m so glad you like our pattern, do tag us on Instagram if you can we wuld love to see how you get on.
      Sammy xxx

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  6. Love It!!!! great idea and a nice unicorn!!!! <3 <3

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  7. hi...
    i love this unicorn... want to try making it.
    But when i print how do i know , im getting the same size as urs? can u please help.

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    1. Hello zee, you can scale it up there whatever size you want, but our one was about 30cm in size for the head piece when finished (horn was extra). So when you print it out you may need to scale up twice, depending on your printer to how you do this. Then it will print on a few pages for you, or alternatively, copy the drawing to some pages attached together if you don't have paper large enough.
      Hope that helps! Enjoy
      H, xxx

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H and Sammy

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