Cowgirl Trappings



I decided that since I’m going to be working on a ranch this summer, I really wanted to get it all together and look like a real bona fide cowgirl.

I started thinking about the things I would need:

Boots…check, jeans…check, spurs…check.




Hat, belt buckle, button ups…check, check, and check…What else?






Well, actually I wanted a pair of chinks.

Almost all ranch cowhands have a working pair of chaps or chinks. They are to protect your legs while working and they look really cool, too.

The main difference between chaps and chinks is the length. Chinks are shorter than chaps and have longer fringe.

I looked on the internet and found some saddle shops that sold some nice chinks, but they were all really expensive and out of my meager price range.

So what does this over-eager do-it-yourselfer decide to do? Make my own, of course!

Thankfully, I’ve been able to have the experience of working in a saddle shop, so I have at least a little leather working experience.

I searched the internet and found a pattern for making chinks that came with a step-by-step DVD from Cow Camp Saddlery.

I’m really glad I decided to buy the DVD. It’s super-informative for someone with not much experience.




The first thing we {mama, my trusty assistant, helped} had to do was take my measurements and adjust the pattern based on my measurements.

That was interesting! My measurements were so different {smaller} that we almost had to make a completely new pattern.




Then I traced the pattern onto the leather and got both leg pieces cut out using mamma’s handy dandy rotary cutter.









There wasn’t a whole lot of leather left over. I really hope I made the cuts right! Time will tell.

Next step is cutting out and tooling my yokes {top} and side panels. Be sure to come back to see how it goes!


So long for now,






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2 Responses to Cowgirl Trappings

  1. Amanda says:

    I look forward to seeing how this project comes out. :) Nothing like tackling a new project.

    By the way, I really like the composition of the first two pictures (and just so I’m not mistaken: I don’t mean that I don’t like the pictures with you in them, I just really, really like the others :)).


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