Friday, September 16, 2016

English Fitted Pad Tutorial

I often get asked if I will have fitted English saddle pads available in my Etsy store, and since I don't make them very often (it's impossible to make them fit everyone's saddle correctly), here is a tutorial on my method.  I've made them several different ways, but I find this to provide the closest contact with the saddle, while still providing the smooth rounded pad edges of fleece that still looks to scale.

First, make a pattern on light card stock.  Cut it out making sure it's symmetrical.   Trace it onto the back of a piece of white fleece.  Then, trace the line with a small amount of Tacky Glue.

Lay  a piece of flexible cording (I have used a yarn cording) onto the glue:
 After it's dried, cut out the pad, leaving 1/4" of fabric on the outside of the cord. Then clip half way to the cord, every 1/4".  Sew each "tab" down to the underside of the pad, grabbing a small amount of the fabric on the pad underside.

 You can snip small wedges out of the tabs, especially at sharper curves to reduce bulk.
 Then fold the pad in half, the underside out, and sew a small curve to match the horse's back. You can use a machine for this:
 Unfold, and place under your favorite saddle!
 The single layer of fleece will compress under the saddle for a close fit, with the thicker and round edges of the pad giving the appearance of a nice thick pad you'd put on your horse.  Happy tack making!
I have just listed a batch of new embroidered saddle pads, available in my Etsy store:


  1. This is an awesome tutorial! Thanks for sharing. :)

  2. I hate making fitted pads, and as a result, mine aren't very good. This method looks much better. I will definitely give it a try. Thank you so much!

  3. This is a very nice tutorial. It doesn't look too hard, and I love the emphasis on reduced bulk.

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