Arthritis friendly Hobby Horse Eyes and Nostrils Tutorial

Determined not to let Arthritis stop her from making Hobby Horses for her Grandchildren Maker Therese has kindly given permission for her method to be shared on my Just Bananas Over Soft Toys Blog! Having experienced the inconvenience of stiff fingers and Arthritis in my own hands I appreciate the effort Therese has put into creating the following photo series. Those with less nibble fingers may find it helpful to use the tutorial in conjunction with the “Wish for a Pony” Sewing Pattern PDF available on Etsy.

It should be noted that Maker Therese has chosen not to add Faux Fur eyelashes to the eyes of her Hobby Horse.

Arthritis friendly Hobby Horse Eyes and Nostrils

Trace pattern onto right side of fabric

 

Arthritis friendly Hobby Horse Eyes and Nostrils

Position the EYE Rim fabric on the HEAD Side as shown

 

Arthritis friendly Hobby Horse Eyes and Nostrils

Place EYE Locator in the cut out section & trace around the inside

 

Arthritis friendly Hobby Horse Eyes and Nostrils

Remove EYE Locator & trace around the cut out section of the eye

 

Arthritis friendly Hobby Horse Eyes and Nostrils

Repeat process with nostrils. The large piece of inferfaced fabric represents the NOSTRIL Rim

 

Arthritis friendly Hobby Horse Eyes and Nostrils

Leaving the Rim fabric pinned in place remove the Pattern piece

 

Arthritis friendly Hobby Horse Eyes and Nostrils

Cut out Horse HEAD Side with EYE and NOSTRIL Rim fabric pinned in place

 

Arthritis friendly Hobby Horse Eyes and Nostrils

Pin EYE Rim fabric more securely ready for stitching

 

Arthritis friendly Hobby Horse Eyes and Nostrils

Stitching the inner drawn shape of the eye using a Zipper Foot

 

Arthritis friendly Hobby Horse Eyes and Nostrils

The stitching of the eye shown from the reverse side

 

Arthritis friendly Hobby Horse Eyes and Nostrils

The stitching of the nostril seen from the reverse side

 

Arthritis friendly Hobby Horse Eyes and Nostrils

Fabric of eye turned through opening

 

Arthritis friendly Hobby Horse Eyes and Nostrils

Fabric of nostril turned through opening

 

Arthritis friendly Hobby Horse Eyes and Nostrils

Fabric of nostril pinned to another piece of fabric

 

Arthritis friendly Hobby Horse Eyes and Nostrils

Fabric of eye pinned to another piece of fabric

 

Arthritis friendly Hobby Horse Eyes and Nostrils

Looking at the stitching guide line of the eye

 

Arthritis friendly Hobby Horse Eyes and Nostrils

Looking at the stitching guide line of the nostril

The eye and nostril shapes are stitched following the previously drawn lines.

Arthritis friendly Hobby Horse Eyes and Nostrils

The excess fabric has been trimmed off

 

Arthritis friendly Hobby Horse Eyes and Nostrils

The eye and nostril as seen from the right side

 

That concludes this series of Arthritis friendly Hobby Horse photos….. But wait there is more…….. a Bunch more in fact….

You want to see the completed Hobby Horse(s) right? Well here they are!

FYI: Maker Therese has added a Nose Band and Bells to her Horses Bridles!!

Arthritis friendly Hobby Horse Eyes and Nostrils

Grey Hobby Horse with Bells on Bridle

 

Wanting to have eyelashes Maker Therese came up with a clever idea which she explained in an email….

 “My last idea is to buy fake eyelashes and glue them onto the eyelids that I get with the eyes…I think they will look great!  That’s a bit easier for me than using the eyelash and eyelash locator” 

 

Arthritis friendly Hobby Horse Eyes and Nostrils

Two more Hobby Horses by Maker Therese

 

A Huge Thanks a Bunch goes to Therese for these very helpful photos! Yay!

Hope all the not so nimble fingers out there find this helpful…. 🙂

Maker Therese has even more Arthritis friendly Hobby Horse advice… click here to see more useful Photos and Tips to help you avoid those Slip on a Banana Peel moments!

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