how to make a tail bag

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

how to make a horse tail bag

  • Slinky type material – I found the material I bought at Walmart
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • 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.

make your own tail bag

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.

homemade horse tail bag

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:

how to diy a horse tail bag


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.

homemade horse tail bag

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.

make a 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!

make a horse tail bag

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.


I am horse crazy and love DIY projects, and finding great deals on everything horse related. When I have a new idea, or find a great deal I love sharing this information with you.

    7 replies to "DIY A Horse Tail Bag"

    • Janice

      I happened on your site and Youtube videos as we start to look for a tack trunk for a move of our horse. The husky trunk looks great. I also started to look at many of your other ideas. I have been hanging onto an old sheet that got a bit worn for a while thinking of tie-dying it and making tail bags…now that I see how easy it is to sew I might be doing them soon! I am excited about your site!

      • Lisa

        Thank you so much Janice! I LOVE coming up with DIY ideas, it is so much fun, don’t you think? 🙂

      • Janice

        I have some feedback from our experiment! For us it was a bit of a fail. I used an old King sized sheet. Part I used for a ton of bags and then I ripped some up to be braided into a tail or mane if needed. I used this as a learning experience in sewing for my 16 yr old. In that regard it was a good thing. Then she and my husband tie dyed them which was fun. Another good thing. The bad part was even if we double sewed the seams our gelding seemed intent on flipping his tail until he opened a seam. She duct taped the outer part in desperation. So it seems the slinky fabric can not be replaced with cotton or just anything laying around the house! This did have another positive outcome – my daughter wanted some colored dickies for her hunt classes so I took the opportunity to make 11 in various colors. I hadn’t sewn that much for a while!

        • Lisa

          Hi Janice 🙂 That is why I love doing projects like this, trial and error, and in the end usually, things work out. I also love how you look at the positive! 🙂

          • janice

            Thanks! And thanks for all of your articles!

    • Olivia

      Hi there I absolutely love the idea and how it’s SOO cheap to make!! But do you know what the website is called where you got the material from?

      • Lisa

        I actually found the material while I was shopping at Walmart. I bought it for $2.82 for a yard of material, which is enough to make at least 5 tail bags! Talk about inexpensive!!!

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