This has been a weeks work in progress. Here you go guys!! PLease enjoy all the hard work I did for you...
You will need:
A good place to work that is well lighted and big enough. (like a kitchen table)
Sewing machine with a heavy needle that is good for sewing through many layers of fabric.
seam ripper (just in case you make a mistake)
fabric marking pencil (NON permanent)
iron and ironing board
Pattern (make one by tracing around a pad you like)
One yard of 60" wide upper layer fabric (if you use 45" wide you will need 1 1/2)
One yard of batting (I use quilters fusible batting. Low Loft, so it's not super poofy)
One yard of 60" wide coordinating bottom layer fabric (if you use 45" wide you will need 1 1/2)
Four yards edge binding (we will make this later from the bottom layer leftover fabric)
18 inches 2" nylon webbing
48 inches 1" nylon webbing
Spool (3-500 yards) of matching thread (remember to match it to the top, bottom and webbing)
First, make sure your upper layer of fabric is clean and wrinkle free, iron it if necessary. This step is important because you could accidentally sew in a crease.
Lay your fabric (folded with the fold, toward you) on your work surface and put your pattern on top. Pin it. Trace around your pattern with the fabric safe pencil leaving 1/2 inch of seam allowance all the way around.
Next, cut out the pieces. There should be two pieces that will form the outer layer of your pad.
Do the EXACT same thing with the batting and bottom layer. You should end up with 2 tops, 2 middles and 2 bottoms.
Put aside the middle and bottom pieces.
Mark Quilting lines on the right sides of the top pieces. (do this now, because it will be hard to do it later) Most tedious part ugh!
Flip the pieces, pin them with right sides together, and stitch the topline seam.
Press the seam allowances to one side and stitch them flat. (don't skip this part, it's important because later the seams will not be thick on top of your horses back and they will be easier to sew through when finishing.)
Lay the piece of 2" webbing along the topline and trim it to fit.
Seal the ends of your nylon webbing with a candle or other open flame (PLEASE be careful! If you are worried have a parent help you. The ends should melt a little, NOT burn to black. Don't touch it until cooled) Practice with a scrap first.
Pin your webbing to the top layer and sew around the edges.
With right sides together, pin and stitch the topline of the bottom layers.
After stitching, press the seam to the OPPOSITE side that you did on the top layer and stitch it flat.
Take your batting pieces and cut a strip off the topline (both pieces) the is equal to the top seam allowances.
Place the batting pieces on the wron side of the bottom layer. Then, place the top pieces (with the right side UP) on top. Basically, assemble the pad as it will ultimately look.
Pin all the layers together. Start pinning (not on top of the quilting lines!) at the topline keeping the layers smooth as you go. Iron the fusible batting according to the instructions on the package.
Stitch allong your quilting lines, taking care to start from the middle and the top. Watch out for bunching!