|"You know you look ridiculous, don't you? You won't catch ME parading around|
in such garb. Why, the nerve!"
It took a bit of figuring, but I came up with a pattern to my liking. I had looked online, to no avail, until about a week ago when Homesteading Today got a thread reestablished with a pattern. Then I bought a copy of the February/March 2012 Backyard Poultry magazine that happens to have a picture of a pattern. Using these two as a guide, along with pictures from Chicken Scratch, I was able to figure out my own pattern. I measured and fiddled until I got a pattern made out of a piece of corrugated cardboard. Then I sewed the first saddle, sans elastic, and headed out to the coop/run. Fortunately, there was a lady laying in the nesting boxes, so I just layed the saddle on top of her and quickly sized the elastic on her. The saddle was the right size and I had a good idea of how long the elastic had to be. So I headed back in to sew on the elastic and back out to try it on my first
Now, I'm going to attempt to describe how I made these saddles. I'm not so good at this, as in my attempts to make things clear, I tend to muck up instructions with too many words. Here it goes.....
I used some standard (but pretty colored) cotton material and some quilted material. (You know that material that has some thin batting already sewn onto it that you can use to make baby blankets with?) I used 3/8" wide elastic because that is what I had. And you need thread, some pins, scissors (obviously right, like I really needed to type that.) and a sewing machine. (Unless you want to sew them by hand, more power to you!) And here is a pic of my pattern with the dimensions written out. (Actually it's a pic of my pattern traced onto a sheet of paper so that it is easier to see)
|See the elastic peeking out? Make sure to trim it before turning the saddle out.|
|Babalouis, Bigfoot and Fanny with their Spring fashions. Fanny refused to be made|
into a Worldly hen, preferring the modesty of her buff feathers. (I think she might be Amish.)
|"Now you're sewing for THEM!!!!! Really? Get a grip lady! That's it, I've had it.|
I'm calling PETA, the ASPCA, that Dog Whisperer guy! Can't you see how
neglected I am?"
|Miserable life, isn't it, Merlin?|
|Isn't that you scarfing down the homegrown catnip?|
|And isn't that YOU sleeping on Princess' lap?|
|"Alright, you win. Now, go scamper off and make something for those noisemakers|
on legs so I can take a nap. I've only had 12 today."