Sooooo, instead of spending $40+ on an Australian saddle pad that I don't really like, I decided to try my hand at making my own. I have an English AP pad that I use right now, but it isn't quite big enough for my Aussie saddle (3" too short on the flaps and could be a little longer from front to back for the seat).
So, I was at Walmart and found this red and black lumberjack plaid flannelish material that I just fell in love with. Our polos are red and black lumberjack plaid, so it's perfect. So, I bought a couple yards of it, plus a couple yards of pre-quilted black cotton that has thin batting attached to it already. I also bought a yard or so of black cotton material to do the trim in. Here's pics of my materials for the basic pad itself:
I also want to add a fun panel or pocket to each side in the rear corner. The panel/pocket (haven't decided which it will be yet ) will be black cotton (same as the trim). On the near side, it will have "Buenos Aires" embroidered in silver. On the off side, it will have "Ride the Dream" embroidered in silver. I want it to be in fun/fancy writing. I also bought some crystals (Swarovski :-D found them at Walmart, of all places!) to add to it in some fun pattern or design (not a ton of them, just enough for a little girly sparkle ).
I will be using this general guide to make my pad, but tweaking it for my needs: *How to make your own english pad*
I'm not entirely sure I want to make the corners rounded. I'm thinking kind of squared corners would look cool (not to mention easier to do). Thoughts on this?
Also, ideas for the font/style of writing for the embroidery would be much appreciated. :-D