Well the grooming forums seems dominated by tail topics this time of year, so I thought I'd post my instructions for making your own tail bags. They are insanely easy, take about 10 minutes start to finish, and require no- I mean NO- sewing skill. 1. You need lycra. You should be able to make one average 3-tube bag with 1/3 yd. It's expensive and hard to find this time of year at fabric stores, but there's a guy on eBay selling awesome lycra patterns cheap. I haven't ordered from him so can't vouch for him or the quality though. Lay it out, and cut strips about 4-5" wide- slightly wider for already thick tails. Strips should be as long as your horse's tail from end of bone to bottom plus 6-8 inches. 2. Fold each strip in half lengthwise and pin. 3. Sew. This is way easier than it sounds. Remember, you're making something to attach to your horse's butt, so it doesn't have to be perfect. Wobbly lines and starting and stopping are okay. Lycra is easier to stitch than people think. In this photo I'm using the wrong needle, the wrong foot, and my cheapie $99 machine with no problem. Important Note: don't start at the top of the fabric- space about 2-3" down or the fabric will get caught in the machine and your ties won't be stretchy. Important note number two. When you begin to sew, sew a half inch to inch down, then put the machine in reverse and stitch back up, then sew forward again. This keeps your seam from unraveling. Do this when you end 2-3" from the bottom, also. like so (but in a straight line if you can): 4 Cut your threads and turn inside out. 5. Snip yourself 2-3" ties at the top and bottom. Lycra won't unravel or fray so just cut and you're done! 6. I like my tubes seperate but if you like you can tie them together with one tie from each and wa-la tail bag for a fraction of the price from a tack shop.