PDF Trail Pad Pattern

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This listing is for the download of a PDF sewing pattern to make a trail pad with a fleece bottom, billet straps, two expandable pockets, and optional removable foam inserts. It is NOT for a physical paper pattern.

The pad in the photo is a SuitAbility prototype- it has been well used for many miles on the trail but we decided to lengthen the pattern to be more versatile with different saddles. This pad is not for sale. For the exact shape and dimensions of the pad in this pattern see above.

The PDF file includes instructions illustrated with diagrams and the pad pattern piece. Download the file using Adobe Reader and print out the pages using 8 1/2" by 11" or A4 paper.


The first consideration when choosing materials is what thickness of layers your sewing machine can handle. Use nylon Cordura™ or packcloth for the upper layer, faux sheepskin fleece for the bottom, and polyurethane or closed cell foam for the optional inserts. For the topline seam and straps, use nylon or polypropylene webbing. To bind pad edges use foldover braid or other bias bindings. We’ve had good luck using cotton-polyester double fold bias binding, which holds up surprisingly well and comes in many different colors.

1 3/8 YDS 45” wide or 1 YD 60 “ wide upper fabric, 1 3/8 YDS 45” wide or 3/4 YD 60” wide faux sheepskin fleece, 6 1/2 YDS edge binding, 1 1/8 YDS 1” wide webbing for billet straps, 12” of 1” wide hook-and-loop tape for pockets. PAD WITHOUT INSERTS needs 3/4 YD 2” wide webbing. PAD WITH INSERTS needs 24” of 2” wide hook-and-loop tape and two 13” x 30” pieces of 1” thick foam.

PLEASE NOTE: This PDF pattern is essentially the same as the trail pad included in the SuitAbility paper version Pattern 7158.

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