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post #1 of 4 Old 01-25-2013, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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Ear Bonnet Question, and really neat idea!

Alright, first my question. I just bought a pink crocheted ear bonnet for my miniature horse mare from Iowa Valley Horse Carriages. Its insanely cute and fits except for the fact that the ears are way too big because its pony sized (all they carry) but the sales woman I talked to said I could take it in. Has anyone tried that before and do you know how I would do that? I don't have a sewing machine unfortunately, I'd be doing it by hand but I know quite a few techniques so that shouldn't be a problem. I just need to know how to make is as unnoticable as possible xD

Also, my BO stumbled upon this site and as a late birthday present, got one of these made for me from an old saddle pad we had for our recently deceased gelding. I thought it was a really neat idea and very sweet, especially if you've had a horse die and still want a 'part' of them as a keepsake.

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I'm always altering things - roughly and by hand mind, but they never end up looking too shabby in the end! I don't think I have any pictures of my altered wares (mainly horse things) as I tend to do it for convenience hehe.

I would measure the height of your pony's ears (roughly) and measure the length of the bonnet ears. Mark on with a pencil/chalk (on the inside of the bonnet) your pony's ear length, then add 1cm to the height (this will give you stitch room)

From the top of the newest mark, faintly draw the curves in an ear shape until you get to the edge of the material. Sew a few mm around the edge of this line. I'd do a backstitch, or a tacking stitch if you're unsure of the sizing, and then backstitch when you're happy with the sizing (and removing the tacking stitch afterwards)
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Okay, this is a really quickly drawn example. I think as long as you keep the backstitch stitches very small, they won't show at all :)
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Sounds perfect! Thanks. The ears are so giant that I was actually able to knot them above her ears so that I have roughly what size she needs, so now I should just be able to do that fairly easily. As it is, she looks like Piglet off of Winnie the Pooh with those big ole' ears!
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