Here's my tutorial on how to make your very own horse hood! I have snapped photo's along the way of making mine, plus I'll provide you with some tips.
What you need:
- Lycra, Spandex, etc. I used a mixture of Lycra and 95% polyester 5% spandex. You will need two meters, more if you want to be safe in case you need back-up fabric.
-A sewing machine with thread, a bobbin and a needle. I also recommend getting a seam ripper if you do not have one already.
-Scissors. I use pinking shears, because they leave a nice, clean edge that won't fray. They can run on the expensive side though, so normal scissors will work fine.
-A horse hood. Borrow it from a friend... Whatever you do, I highly, highly recommend using one as a guide.
*Note. If you have a pattern, will will most-likely not need to use a hood as a guide. I did not have a pattern though, and I could not have gotten through this project without something to guide me.
-Buckles and elastic. I got about 1.5 meters of elastic for this project, but I could have had more. You'll sew the buckles and elastic together to create a "girth" so your hood will stay on your horse.
-Time. This project took me about... 7 Hours? Good sewing takes time.
I laid my horse hood out on top of my fabric to use as a guide for how much fabric I would need. Remember when cutting out, leave extra room for where you will need to sew. Depending on the area, on average I left about 1".
When I mark my fabric, I always use a *washable* marker. It's just more convenient for me. I know that you can get special pencils for marking fabric as well.
I pinned my fabric to my hood and started working out where I wanted to cut my fabric...I did my hood in three sections, shoulder and back, neck and face and the part where it goes between their front legs.
I cut out the three sections and then I use those pieces as a guide for cutting out the other three for the other side of my hood.
* Note. I used two different colored pieces of fabric for each side, but you can use whatever fabric use choose.
When you're using your already cut out fabric to guide you for cutting out the opposite side, keep in mind that you need to make an OPPOSITE pattern. If you make the fabric identical with the "pretty" side up, you will need to re-do this step.
The photo below shows me cutting out this piece of fabric wrong, as explained above.
When I cut out the eye/ear holes I used pinking shears so I could avoid having to sew seams on the eye/ear holes. The pinking shears leave a zig-zag edge so that the fabric will not fray. I do not recommend using straight-edge scissors and not sewing a seam on the inside of the eye/ear holes.
You can see here where I have already cut out the eye holes on the patterned fabric.
Once you have both sides cut out (six pieces, depending on how many sections you decided your hood into).
This photo only shows 4/6 pieces.
You are ready to start sewing! I sewed the section where the horses spine/face will be first.
I then moved on to sew the part under the chin, down the neck and through the legs. I sewed the two pieces that will go between the legs together before I sewed them to the rest of the hood.
This photo shows what the buckle looks like with the elastic. I created a "girth" and sewed the piece of elastic inside so it's hidden.
This is what my finished hood looks like! You can see in this photo wear the "girth" is and how I sewed it. I think I may need to make the elastic shorter, but I am waiting to try it on my horse before I make any more changes.
Here it is from the red side.
This is a picture of the strap the goes between the horse's front legs.
Just a comparison between the original and mine.
In this photo, you can see where I messed up sewing the elastic into the nose of the hood. That's why my hood is slightly smaller on the nose than the original.
I think it turned out quite accurate, I have yet to try it on my horse since it's the middle of the winter here and I don't go out as much. I am very happy with my final product!
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me! I am also going to be posting another thread on how to make a tail bag...which will be a great way to use up some of your extra fabric.