I started with printing out the template and cutting the felt pieces. I chose blue for Sadie and red for Holly since they are their current favourite colours, I kept my fingers crossed that that wouldn't change overnight. For the smaller pieces that required a contrasting colour I switched between the two sets of pieces I had cut out. I sewed black and white felt pieces as eyes on the main body pieces. I had initially thought I could secretly do this during the day yesterday but ended up waiting until last night when the girls were in bed. I felt (hee hee) a bit guilty because Sadie and Holly really enjoy helping with sewing but a project like this one would take forever if I let them join in at the very start. I did the sewing and stuffing and left the ears, manes and tails for this morning. I accidentally sewed up the first foot without putting in the hoof piece so, since it was a front leg I left it and did all the front legs like that and just put the hoof pieces in the back feet. I didn't sew the horns neatly enough to be able to turn them inside out but, since I used the same colour thread as felt I think it didn't matter. I used ordinary red and blue thread throughout, the tutorial calls for embroidery floss so I don't know if that would make any difference.
I put the unicorns and two balls of wool outside for Sadie and Holly to happen across. Lucky I did it early because right now it's lashing.
For a moment there was resistance to my continuing to work on the unicorns as the girls wanted to play with them immediately. Squeals of delight mingled with roars of horror at the very idea that the unicorns weren't finished ("but I love him and he doesn't want ears"). When I told them they could pick the mane colours they relented and then proceeded to stand over me until I finished the unicorns and handed them over. I really don't know how long these felt unicorns will last. They got their hair laden down with clips, went on bike rides, up trees, into hedges, over rocks and for spins on Madrún. That was just this morning. The unicorns that were here before them, along with other preferred teddies, were brought out to meet them. Sadie and Holly love them so much but I think I may have to hide the felt because I have a suspicion that there may be demands for a whole team of different colours. If you have children who adore unicorns, check out the tutorial, it's a good one.
Warning: Should you complete this project for your child/children be warned that you may be required to regale them over and over again with the verses of The Unicorn Song that you can remember.....and that the bit about the unicorns "splishin' and a splashin'" (I'm not sure that's a direct quote but that's what we sing in our version) out in the rain should be left out as it can result in your child/children wanting to put their felt unicorns out in torrential downpours to see if said splishin' and splashin' occurs.