Not like, literally making your own dye.  That shit would take forever, I think.

But I bought this fugly little BT Crump saddle, right?  I hate all colors "warm" and the orange in this was making my eyes rot.  The saddle was worn, I only spent a couple hundred on it, and I didn't think it would be a huge loss if I ruined it.

TL;DR:  I probably ruined it.

I diligently read the tutorials by AmandaCarly, and Nicole, bought my supplies, went outside the norms for saddle leather colors, and gathered my adult beverages.

I mean, if I'm going to potentially make an ugly saddle uglier, why not have some fun with it?

Hindsight, I sort of wish that I'd done the entire saddle in blue.  But I opted to do the panels in blue and the rest in a conservative chocolate.

I followed the protocols in the real tutorials, deglazer, dye, dye, dye, dye, finisher.  I was a little meh about buffing or wiping or whatever.  The chocolate was super easy and friendly, mostly because I think I was covering brown with another shade of brown.  Unfortunately, I drunkenly spilled half the bottle on my garage floor, much to the delight of my husband.  So while I can successfully say that suede will happily soak up the dye, my knee patches still look like shit because I didn't have enough to go around.

I feel like it's lightened a little bit.

The blue was a bigger issue.  I had to do just shy of a quarter million coats and once I let it dry for a while, the finisher wiped some of the color off.  I'm sure buffing at this point would have helped, but instead I just did another blue coat and let it sit for a few days while I forgot about it.  #timemangement

Orange before.

Orange after deglazer and starting the blue.

One layer of blue and splotchy af.  Also, note the giant pool of chocolate dye in the right corner.

2+ layers of blue and calling this shit done.
When it came time to finally use the saddle, I didn't trust my stellar DIY skills and plopped it down on a navy pad while wearing crappy breeches.  My friends told me that it was fine, it only looked like I shat myself afterwards.  Since riding in it exclusively, I've got a nice little matte crotch rub near the pommel and equally exciting rubs from the blue panel.  Part of me almost wishes I cared.

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  1. This sounds like less fun than dying breeches...

  2. LOL this is exactly what would happen if I tried to dye a saddle. Honestly it makes me feel better that this didn't work for someone, because I've been highly skeptical.

  3. Oh dear. Buffing is the most crucial part. What did you use to finish it? LOL

  4. You are much braver than I... even with all the alcohol...

  5. Ha I feel like a dyeing DIY by me would come out about like this. Glad someone tried color tho!

  6. This reminds me of those pinterest fails, lol. Good attempt tho!

  7. I think it's less your DIY skills and more the inevitability of complimentary colors :P

    Blue over orange is just never gonna come out anything but a nice brown :P

  8. Hey at least you had fun. Right?

  9. I would never ever have the balls to do a saddle exactly for fear of looking like I shat myself when I got off. There's just no way I'm crafty enough to make that not happen.

    1. I don't think it happens any more, if that helps. I've worn all the sharts off.