Hi everyone! Well I have another diy project for you, I am going to show you how to diy a horse tail bag. This project is so easy to make, and it will help to keep your horse’s tail tangle free. This was a very fast project and it only took me about 20 minutes to make 2 tail bags.
And it was very inexpensive, it cost around $5.00 for enough material and stickers to make at least 6 tail bags. So that means it cost me $0.83 per tail bag! This is a lot less than buying one.
To make your own tail bag you will need
- Slinky type material – I found the material I bought at Walmart
- Sewing machine
- Fabric glue
- Letter stickers (optional)
And that’s it! You don’t need a lot to make a tail bag!
When I was making this tail bag, I didn’t make sure it was perfect. I really just wanted to see if I could do it. So I didn’t make sure everything was perfect, I didn’t even use pins to piece the material together. I just went slow with my sewing and it was very simple.
How To Make A Tail Bag
The most important item for a homemade tail bag is the fabric. I found the fabric I used on a recent shopping trip to Walmart. The fabric is silky and stretchy, like the material made for slinky products. I am not sure if it is lycra, but it is strong, flexible and silky smooth. The texture of the fabric is important because I didn’t want it to ruffle up my horse’s tails.
I wasn’t sure how much fabric I would need, so I bought 2 yards and the total cost was $3.94. Once I started cutting out the material, I realized 2 yards would make around 8 tail bags! So the cost per tail bag is around $0.83 each! That is a great bargain, especially when you consider the fancy tail bags cost from $8.00 to $20.00 per bag.
Sewing the Tail Bag
To get started, you will cut the fabric for the tail bag. I folded the fabric in half, and then made the folded part the bottom of my tail bag. Then I measured the length of the tail bag, this one is 28” long total. After I had the length, I measured the fabric horizontally, 6” wide, and then I cut the fabric. I didn’t use a straight edge, but you could if you want to make sure it is perfect. I just used the edge of a table to follow.
Once I had the piece of fabric cut, I then measured 4” down from the top and made a little cut, about 1 ½” into the fabric. Then I folded the other side over top of the cut I had made and duplicated the cut. Do not cut all the way through, because these will be the ties at the top of your bag. Now lay the fabric out again, and from the top, cut out the excess fabric. Then your tail bag will really start to take shape, and should look like this:
Now your fabric is ready to be sewn. You will be sewing the fabric inside out. Fold the fabric so that the outer sides are facing each other.
If you want to pin the fabric to keep it perfect, you can. But I chose to just go for it, and start sewing. You will start the sewing at the bottom of the bag and sew the stitch to the top of the bag. Run the needle backwards, and then again forward at about the last inch or so. This will make the stitching solid and secure.
Once this side is completed, do the same thing on the other side.
Now that the sides are stitched, you will need to sew the little corners at the top of the bag. You will be sewing about 1 ½”, so go slow!
Your main construction and sewing of the tail bag is now complete. Now turn the tail bag right side out and turn your attention to the ties. You will fold over the edges of the ties and stitch them. I did just the very outer edge to give the ties a finished look. I also folded the top of each tie, and stitched this as well. Once you have all if the sides of the ties stitched, your tail bag is ready to be used!
Personalize Your Tail Bag
But if you are making multiple tail bags, you may want to personalize them so you will be able to know which tail bag belongs to which horse. This is where I added some letter stickers, making each horse’s name on the bottom of the tail bag.
I found these stickers at Walmart, and each sheet cost $0.97. I bought 2 sheets, to be sure I would have enough stickers! I also found them on eBay even less expensive! I found glitter stickers for $0.74!
I also used a fabric glue to adhere the stickers to the fabric. This way they will stay in place. I also put a piece of cardboard in the tail bag while I was gluing on the stickers. I did this because I did not want the glue to go through the fabric on one side, and adhere to the other side of the tail bag.
Once the glue is dry, your tail bag is ready to use!
This project is simple, and gives you a useful piece of horse clothing. And if you only have one horse, but make 5 or 6 tail bags, why not sell them? After you have made the first one, your finished product will get better and better. You could sell them for $5.00 a piece, which is still cheaper than what you can find them for online, and you will make around $30.00! You could make a little extra money, and your tail bag would be free!
If you are a visual learner, I made a video on my YouTube channel, The Budget Equestrian, and you can watch me make a tail bag from start to finish.
I love simple projects like this that I can make something useful for my horses. How about you? Do you have a project you made for your horse? I would love to know about it! Tell me what you made in the comment section below.