Wednesday, October 1, 2014

DIY Project: Custom Quarter Sheet

Last winter, I started riding Tristan in a quarter sheet on especially cold days. I borrowed one from the barn's stash, and really liked it: it kept me warm, and he seemed a bit more comfortable. I started shopping for my own, looking at a bunch of different websites. I didn't like any of the ones I found: whether the style, color, or price.

Wouldn't it be just as easy to make my own, I thought? So I bought fabric, ribbon for edging, and when my mother came to visit, she brought her sewing machine. We based the pattern off the one at the barn I liked most - I don't know what brand or even what size it was.




It was a bit of a rough first attempt, but the cat thought it was the best day ever.


Finished cutting:


We sewed a 1.5" ribbon doubled over around the edge, which I would probably not do again. I think I'm going to want a blaze orange one for hunting season (coming up soon), and I'm already thinking about new edging material.

Here's the finished product. I LOVE IT, and have gotten a ton of compliments every time I ride in it. I think it looks so much better than any of the ones you can buy. It ended up being less expensive in terms of materials (which I picked carefully to be on sale), though perhaps not when you factor in the labor cost of figuring out how to do it and then the sewing itself.


I think the only thing I'd change is the bump you can see just above the point of his hip there - we didn't figure the cut quite right to lay flat. Purely aesthetic.

Have you ever made something from scratch for your horse?

13 comments:

  1. This looks great! I have a Dover quartersheet and it's just kinda meh. This one is fabulous :)

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    1. Thank you! I looked at the Dover one and was similarly meh. Picking out my own fabric allowed me so much more fun!

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  2. nice job - and clearly the kitteh agrees lol

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  3. Kitteh clearly approves! I love it too! Never thought to try to make my own!

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  4. I have always wanted to try to make a quarter sheet, but I never actually follow through! Maybe this winter! Yours looks great!

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  5. That looks great! And the cat is very cute!

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  6. I made my own quarter sheet before too, except I used wool and also had piping. I hate sewing, especially after that.

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  7. Ooooh!! Never thought of making a quarter sheet! Where did you find instructions or guidelines?
    My single solitary English saddle pad is homemade. Other than a few stitches on the edge, it looks great. And not hard at all :)

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  8. About how much fabric did you buy?(:

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    1. Two yards of fabric, for a horse that takes a 72 in blankets. For a larger horse I might go up to three yards.

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