I have always looked for ways to make horses more affordable, not to mention showing them! So I decided a few years ago I was going to find some ways to make things for them, here are a few things I have done, or thought of doing.
Things You Can Sew
Full Body Slinky
English Saddle Pads
I have sewn a neck slinky, you can buy patterns from suitability, but what I did is borrowed a friends and traced it. Then I used proportions (yup a bunch of math) to downsize it to make a pattern for a miniature horse slinky too. I also made a sheet for our miniature horse (Nugit), I have a pattern for horse size sheets but not miniature horse sized sheets so I took a foal blanket we had, traced than and figured out what I would need to do, to modify the foal sheet to fit Nugit i.e. add 6" in length, and used that as my pattern.
|my homemade slinky|
Tail bags, well I have a few posts on sewing tail bags already on my blog and in some of the horse related forums on the internet.
Fly masks, this is something new that I ran across. I made a pattern from a fly mask I had bought and then decided that for the amount of work it would take, I would be better off just buying one off the shelf, plus theirs would tend to be heavier duty, because I do not have access to the same materials as the companies do. I did see some instructions on how to make fly masks on the internet though. If I ever change my mind and make one, I'll let you guys know.
|this is a show shirt we made|
English Saddle pads: I made a pink cameo square saddle pad and it turned out really really cute.
I also came really close to making one with the number viewers on the sides, I have a pattern made up and everything! I made the pattern using a saddle pad, my number sheet and some paper. I figured out how big it would need to be ect. I think it would have worked out great but I needed one now (before I had bought my materials), so I bought the pad. Maybe I will still make one.
|my cute homemade English saddle pad|
I know there are some things you can do too. Just look in a suitability catalog to get some ideas. They sell patterns that are good quality and have great instructions, they are a little spendy though at around $8-$16.
If there is enough interest, I could maybe write a post on sewing the neck slinky and see if there is a way I can share my pattern through cyberspace.
What have you made or dream of making?