Homemade Saddle Covers - anyone?

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  1. LilyAnn

    LilyAnn Senior Member+

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    Has anyone made their own saddle covers? If so, did you use a pattern (if so, which one?) or wing it? I have been using an old flannel sheet as a saddle cover for one of my saddles; I hate to spend money on a saddle cover when it seems like they would be so simple to make :)

    Just curious if anyone had attempted it :D
     






  2. lilyisanangel

    lilyisanangel Full Member

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    i got cheep off ebay and copied the pattern which was really easy
     
  3. JumpingBean

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    I've used garbage bags before (trashy, I know). That was the closest I got to homemade. :eek:
     
  4. RockHorseRanch

    RockHorseRanch Senior Member+

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    I have made both western and english saddle covers with the Suitability patterns. EASY! And I'm lazy and impatient, so for me to say easy...

    That way you can use the fabric you prefer - fun prints, waterproof/resistant, fleece, etc.

    If you need more details, let me know!
     
  5. Rhythm 'n Blues

    Rhythm 'n Blues Senior Member+

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    I have made just the regular old elastic covers before. I didn't have a pattern at all, I just winged it! :)

    My last saddle cover turned out just wonderfully! It is black crushed velvet and I sewed on a really fun "symbol" that I always seem to end up dooling on stuff......it looks really nice, sadly it's wearing out :(

    Suitability does have great patterns, not only for saddle covers! I have their pattern for Full Seat Breeches, and while I do expect that the saddle cover would be WAY easier, I didn't find the breeches pattern all that bad.

    Now if you can borrow someone's, or pick up a really cheap one would could always use it as "guide" to make or your own. If not, take out an old sheet, lay it over your saddle and draw around your saddle with that...there you go, now you have your very own pattern! :D
     
  6. AtomicPenny

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    I've made loads of saddle covers. It's basically just fabric and elastic - very easy to wing it to get a slightly more customized fit. The off the shelf english covers for example don't necessarily fit a forward seat jumping saddle, and good luck if they fit a dressage saddle. Just figure out the size of your saddle for the general shape, add in the thickness of the flaps if you have thick knee rolls, a couple extra inches to take into account the depth of the saddle and then about 2 inches more the whole way around for a seam allowance and so that the elastic holds the cover under the edges of the saddle. So it really is quite easy.

    I can make one (or more) for you if you want. PM me if you're interested

    Karen
     
  7. juniormylove

    juniormylove Senior Member+

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    ooh so they're easy to make?

    hmm...I WILL need something to occupy me tomorrow and friday morning....

    the only problem would be getting my mom to trust me with the sewing machine again HAHA.
     
  8. AQHA Hunter

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    This is basically how I made mine, but I just draped the fabric over the saddle, and cut around it, leaving about 3" extra fabric on all sides. The only thing that's tricky is pulling the elastic as you sew it to the fabric, so that it bunches up and is stretch enough around the edges to keep the cover on the saddle. Mine are a heavy cotton with a polka-dot print, and I used a velveteen cotton for the lining to give the saddle extra protection.
     
  9. Rhythm 'n Blues

    Rhythm 'n Blues Senior Member+

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    AQHA, I never do that......I just sew the fabric so there is a loop (or a tube for lack of a better term), and then use a big safety pin to "thread" the elastic through the loop all the way around the cover. So that it works like draw-string pants, but with elastic in there.

    I think you're way sounds more professional though :blushing:
     
  10. AQHA Hunter

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    RnB, I would do it your way if I was using one layer of fabric, but I couldn't figure out how to do it that way with the velveteen lining. I did one with a lining and a draw string, and believe me, pulling the elastic while sewing was much easier!
     






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