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    02-02-2011, 06:11 PM
Talking Making my own saddle pad.

So, I can't find a single saddle pad that I like for my dressage saddle, so I decided that I was going to make one. So I bought the material last night. I got batting, that they use for the insides of quilts and then the actual material. I'm doing lime green with black and skull trim on it :). I'm going to start sewing tonight so wish me luck on it.
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    02-02-2011, 06:17 PM
Good luck!!! I've always wanted to make my own pads! I am probably going to order a few patterns from and start learning how to sew!

Post pictures of your finished product! Would love to see it! :)
    02-02-2011, 06:26 PM
Do you have a pattern for this?
If you got it online please share! I would love to make my own :)
    02-02-2011, 06:51 PM
Good luck! I used to make my A/P pads all the time! Have some really fun ones as a result....Halloween, Christmas, etc.....The possibilities are endless!
    02-02-2011, 07:40 PM
Awesome franknbeans!
drafteventer: Nope, not using a pattern, I just measured out what I needed and cut. :)
wildberryxX3: Nice I know how to sew a little bit, so I'm hoping its good enough to work, I got plenty of material so if I mess up I can start over again, lol
    02-02-2011, 07:42 PM
Omg that awesome good luck make shure to post when you finish it.
    02-02-2011, 08:48 PM
Originally Posted by drafteventer    
Do you have a pattern for this?
If you got it online please share! I would love to make my own :) has a ton of patterns! You can make dressage, AP, fitted, half pads, trail pads, and so much more! They also have patterns for coolers, quarter sheets, fly masks, blankets, costumes, show clothing, and more! I LOVE the website. I am definitely going to learn how to sew and make a lot of my own stuff.
    02-03-2011, 05:10 PM
Ok, stayed up late last night, hand stiching it. :) I think it came out pretty good for the first time I have every really sewed anything before. It has a little bit of extra air in there I think, and of course the trim isn't on yet, I still have to buy it and it put on, that will make the edges much more clean, but I think it looks ok for my first time and I actually had a blast making it. I think that I am going to invest in a small sewing machine, so my work will be quicker and much cleaner and start making them. I really had so much fun. So do you think anyone would want one if I had more practice making them and got a sewing machine?
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    02-03-2011, 07:13 PM
Good job! I can't believe you did it all by hand! A sewing machine will help you immensely. Love the color!
You will probably want to sew more "quilting" type stitches to keep the batting in place before you wash it. It tends to bunch all up. I would suggest that next time you might try using the pre-quilted stuff. It ia fabric (usually in solid colors, but I have seen some prints) foe the underside, then use your good fabric just for the top. Stitch them together around the egde. I actually used to use a pre-packaged binding around the edge and you can get the web stuff they use for girth straps also. Most of this stuff you can find at Hancock Fabrics or Joann-Joann may even sell it on line. I had thought about making them also, but the fabric is not cheap! You might also (not sure you did this time) want to pre-wash your fabric so if it is going to shrink it does so prior to you making your pad.
    02-04-2011, 02:19 AM
I made a bunch of pads, both dressage ones and all purpose ones. I used these directions, although I didn't follow them exactly. But, they turned out really well and ended up being a bit cheaper than buying.

*How to make your own english pad* - Page 15 - Horse Forums (HGS)

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