Tail bags can be used for a variety of reasons, the most common being to keep the tail clean, free from tangles and debri and to encourage hair growth.
To sew a tail bag you will need:
– Spandex/lycra fabric – This is the best choice as it is moisture wicking, fast drying and unlike some fabric does not cause static in the tail.
– Matching thread
– A sewing machine
– An overlocker (optional)
Cutting out your tail bag
First, you need to work out what size you need for your horse and cut one piece of fabric 32cm wide by the length needed (If you have an extra thick tail you can widen your tail bag)
Mini – 50 cm (you will need to cut 55cm length to allow for seam allowance)
Short – 60cm (you will need to cut 65cm length to allow for seam allowance)
Medium – 70cm (you will need to cut 75cm length to allow for seam allowance)
Long – 80cm (you will need to cut 85cm length to allow for seam allowance)
Next, Cut 2 pieces 6cm wide and 17cm long (these will become the ties)
Sewing your tail bag
1. Take one tie piece and fold in half lengthways, with the pattern on the inside. Pin together if required.
2. Sew one of the short ends then sew the long side.
3. Repeat steps 1 & 2 for the other tie.
4. Turn the ties in the right way, I find a knitting needle the quickest way to turn them right side out.
5. On the short side of the tail bag piece, attach the ties on the open end and evenly spaced (pin before sewing if you require).
6. Fold the edge over and do two rows of stitching.
7. Fold tail bag in half lengthways, with the pattern on the inside. Pin together if required.
8. Sew the length of the tail bag and the bottom seam
9. Turn inside out
10. You’re ready to use your tail bag. You can follow our instructions on how to tie in a tail bag.