Okay, so I don't have $50+ to spend on a saddle pad for my Aussie saddle and I don't like how my English AP pad is smaller than my saddle (not by much and just on the flaps, so it really isn't THAT big of a deal, but it looks bad lol). So, I am thinking of making my own saddle pad. I found the perfect fabric at Walmart today. It's red and black lumberjack plaid, which will match our polos (it's the one in the middle on the pic).
I also found some red zebra-stripe fabric at Joann's that I love, so I'm thinking of making two pads, so I'll have an extra in case one is in the laundry (basically looks like this, except red instead of white: Keepsake Calico Fabric-Zebra*: quilting fabric & kits*: fabric*: Shop | Joann.com ).
So, has anyone ever made a saddle pad before? Any tips or suggestions? I was thinking of using my AP pad as a template and just enlarging it. I can then modify it to fit my needs (remove the billet and girth keepers since my saddle is rigged Western, add a pocket on either side, that sort of thing). Do you think that would work? Or should I go for a pattern like this: Saddle Pad & Quarter Sheet - Equine Sewing Pattern 7158 | eBay and enlarge it to fit my needs (my pad is about 2" too short all around right now).
Also, my saddle pad is thin (as all AP pads tend to be), so could I use thicker batting to add more cushion? I know it would compact down with use, but at least there'd be more padding overall.
Thoughts? Ideas? Am I crazy?