English Saddle



Does your doll love to go horseback riding? Then her horse needs a saddle. This English Saddle pattern from ReadCreations requires little sewing and is the perfect crafting project for any horse enthusiast. There are two different stirrup hardware options provided which you can find in most hardware stores or you can also 3D-print realistic looking stirrups with the bonus 3D printable stirrup file. Lots of libraries have 3D printers for public use nowadays. Stirrup lengths are adjustable to fit most 18″ dolls and their horses. The English Saddle fits most 18″ doll sized horses due to its adjust-ability. Instructions on how to make a bridle and reins for your horse are also included. Bridle should also fit most 18″ doll sized horses. Instructions on how to adjust for different sizes are provided as well.

Your saddle would not be complete without a saddle pad. Bonus pattern and instructions on how to sew a simple saddle pad are also provided.

But wait, your doll can’t go horseback riding without a Riding Jacket and Riding Pants, both patterns also available on this site from ReadCreations.
Complement your stable setup with the 3D-printed Pioneer Set and use the water bucket and barrels for your horse.

This zip files contains the PDF pattern, designed to fit most 18″ doll sized horses such as American Girl®, OurGeneration® and such, and the STL file, used for 3D-printing. A 3D printer is not required, two other easily obtainable hardware options are also provided.

Recommended Fabrics: heavy vinyl or real leather and heavy knit or thin flexible vinyl fabric

Supplies Needed:
Supplies needed for the English Saddle
• 13″ x 14″ or 6″ x 33″ thick vinyl or real leather (3 ounce cow leather)
• (2) 9/16″ x 14″ pleather strap (also called single fold bias tape) found at craft stores or you can cut strips from vinyl or leather (used for stirrup straps)
• 6″ x 30″ thin somewhat stretchable vinyl or thick performance fabric
• Sheet of 2mm thick craft foam (8″ x 11″)
• (2) 3/8″ D-Rings or use wire/sturdy paper clips to form (optional)
• (2) 5/8″ D-Rings or use wire/sturdy paper clips to form
• (1) 5/8″ buckle (or small piece of hook and loop tape)
• 4″ x 5″ piece of thick plastic like from a plastic gutter guard or garden edging found at home improvement stores
• Contact cement
• 3″ of 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon (optional, only needed with 3/8″ D-Rings)
• 4″ of 5/8″ ribbon
• Heavy duty sewing needle or sewing needle for leather (16/100)
• Heat gun
• Zipper foot (for easier edge stitching)
• (2) 3mm metal studs (optional)
• 5/8″ round wooden dowel or anything else with a 5/8″ diameter, just used for shaping

Supplies needed for Bridle and Reins
• (4) 3/8″ D-Rings
• (2) jewelry clasps
• (2) small jump rings, might not be needed if you can add the jewelry clasp directly onto the D-Rings
• 3/8″ x 21″ thick vinyl or real leather (3 ounce cow leather) for bridle
• ½” x 6″ thick vinyl or real leather (3 ounce cow leather) for bridle
• ¼” x 9″ thick vinyl or real leather (3 ounce cow leather) for bridle
• 3/8″ x 22″ thick vinyl or real leather (3 ounce cow leather) or 22″ leather braided necklace or similar, for reins
• Small pieces of hook and loop tape (optional, or use buckle)
• ¼” (8mm) metal buckle (optional, you can use hook and loop tape instead)

Supplies needed for Bonus Saddle Pad
• ¼ yard of cotton fabric
• 6″ x 8″ x ¼” polyester batting (needs to separate easily)
• 3″ of ¼” to 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon (optional)

Skill Level: Confident Beginner

What You Get: One zip file containing one 53-page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately and one STL file used for 3D-printing! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full-size pattern pieces. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.

Additional information

Doll Type

*Most 18-inch Dolls, A Girl for All Time™, American Girl™, American Girl™ Boy Doll


Digital (Download)

Skill Level

Confident Beginner


Everyday, Outdoors, Sports

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