Step 1: Tools
Step 2: Materials
Picked up a white vinyl coat from a charity shop for a fiver and cut out the back and collar - saved the other large pieces for other projects - - this was the only cost, everything else was scrap or junk.
Cut up an old mattress that was dumped in our bin area - this gave me some beautiful felt like material and some thin foam, but we ended up not using that as it was a bit too soft.
Someone had thrown away a child's wooden bed and mattress - cut off the waterproof cover, took out the foam (a good 3" thick) - after cutting my shapes, saved the rest - - - - -
My wife's grown up son had changed his wardrobe - guess who got that - - meeeeee! - took it apart and used the wood for my base.
Had an old saddle around - the sprung type.
Step 3: Next
The foam stack was stuck together and then stuck to the base - Had things been different I would have put the bolts through from the back and stick/fixed them somehow so that the nuts were on the outside of the wood, meaning the bracket could be put on after the covering and the nuts tightened then.
Step 4: Cover
The coat was cut to a basic shape, large enough to cover the saddle.
The seat was placed upside down on the underside of the coat material and basic fixing tacks where used to align position and the seam of the coat so it was it a middle, then corners tackled next.
Step 5: Staple Diet
After putting three runs of staples around the whole underside the final section was put into place.
Step 6: Neckst
The collar was wrapped around the back of the seat, with the natural curve placed around the spring section.
More staples and the jobs all done - - of I went to fit the beast.
My first saddle - went ok.