Custom Fit a Bridle

Oopsy Wardrobe Malfunction Custom Fit a Bridle Blog Post


Oopsy! What do you do when your Hobby Horse Bridle does not fit properly? A “wardrobe malfunction” can be embarrassing, can’t it? Help is available!

Learn how to custom fit a Bridle to your “Wish for a Pony” Hobby Horse or Spoonflower Cut n Sew Faux Suede Horse. Understand why size differences can occur depending on the fabric and materials chosen. Make small corrections for a perfectly fitting Bride so your Hobby Horse is ready for play or display!

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Alternative Bridle Bit Method

If you don’t like hand sewing this method of elastic ‘bit’ construction minimises the need for a needle and thread. Machine Zigzag stitch is used instead of Whip Stitch as described in the “Wish for a Pony” Sewing Pattern PDF.

Below is a portion of the PDF page showing the Whip Stitch

Step from PDF Page shown in Alternative Bridle Bit Method Blog Post

Portion of PDF Page showing Whip Stitch

The “Wish for a Pony” Sewing Pattern PDF shows the folded Elastic being sewn entirely by hand. However, there is another Method that combines Machine Zigzag and a small amount of hand sewing.

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Quick Brown Fox Soft Toy Design

My upcoming Sewing Pattern PDF seems to be a life time in the making! If only creating a PDF was quick!

I have a 3rd entry for the Sew Muma Sew 6 Weeks of Softies Competition and again I am more interested in the potential publicity that can be provided by participating than in trying to win a prize. You see even though I have been making Soft Toys off & on since I was 12 years old I have only had an online presence for just over a year. In fact the 28th of March this year will mark one year since I released my “Wish for a Pony” Hobby Horse Sewing Pattern PDF.

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Wish for a Pony Fabric Dream

I was ‘Horse Mad’ as a child and sometimes kids just don’t grow up! My Youth Hobbies pages document this fact!

Bay is my favourite horse colour followed by Buckskin or Palomino and sometimes dappled Grey. But then again Chestnut is nice too….and don’t get me started on Paint horses!! Plus all the marking variations if only I could make a realistic horse of every imaginable colour and choose from a Blaze or Star or Snip!

Well you know what? I am well on my way to being able to do that very thing. Check out this Page too to see the Spoonflower.com fabrics that I have designed so far.

On the 24th of February a Postage Box containing several Yards of Spoonflower Faux Suede fabric arrived in our mail box! Talk about exciting! I had big plans…

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I was Hooked by This Little Fishy

Fishy Fishy Fishy…. Details Details Details I love Details!

Who remembers my Finger Pocket Fish PDFs? Here is a reminder…

Last November (2014) I participated in an Aspiring Designer Challenge via several Facebook Sewing Groups

Finger Pocket Fish

I released a set of Patterns that are available on Etsy and Craftsy.

Finger Pocket Fish 1 “This Little Fishy” Sewing Pattern PDF
Finger Pocket Fish 2 “That Little Fishy” Sewing Pattern PDF
Finger Pocket Fish 3 “Another Little Fishy” Sewing Pattern PDF
Finger Pocket Fish “Net All Three” Sewing Pattern PDF (this one is available through DIY Crush too)

One Little Fishy reminded me so much of a Goldfish I simply had to try to design some fabric and have it printed through Spoonflower.com

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Spoonflower Shop

If only I knew ‘how’ to do this properly!! I am trying to learn a few things about Spoonflower.com and have discovered that it is possible to add a Widget to this WordPress Blog site but I have no idea how to do that other than that I can copy and paste the appropriate text!
So please don’t be disappointed if this doesn’t work!! I’d really like to show you all my Cut n Sew Hobby Horse Fabric in my Just Bananas Over Soft Toys Spoonflower Fabric shop…
From each yard of Faux Suede fabric it is possible to create two completely differently ‘marked’ Hobby Horses). In other words you get to choose if you have a Star, Blaze, Snip or Stripe etc.
Complete Bay Hobby Horse shown in front of the fabric printed by Spoonflower.com

Completed Bay Hobby Horse shown in front of the fabric printed by Spoonflower.com

I only have Bay & Chestnut Cut n Sew Fabric so far but am almost ready to upload designs for Palomino (1 with Dapples), Buckskin (1 with Dapples), Grey (both with Dapples) and Black. Then comes the wait for the fabric to arrive all the way from the USA to me in Australia! How will I decide which fabric to try first?

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