Making Leg Wraps

Customer Angel Buckley sent this photo of the matching saddle pad and polo wrap set. What a cute and creative idea! Note the ribbon trim on the polo.




She used Pattern 7158 for the pad:




The polo wraps were made using the instructions in Travel, Show, and Grooming Pattern 9900. Unfortunately that pattern has since been discontinued, so we're providing some information here.

Leg wraps (sometimes called bandages) come in two basic categories: polo wraps and standing wraps. Polo wraps generally are made of a polarfleece-type fabric and have some stretch. They are used for light protection while the horse is being ridden. Standing wraps are made from a tightly knit polyester with little to no stretch and are commonly used to keep a rectangular bandage in place, such as a "no bow" bandage. Some consider the combination of the bandage and the wrap to be a “standing wrap".  To add to the confusion, there are variations of standing wraps called track bandages/wraps and stable bandages/wraps. Before the advent of knit and synthetic fabrics, wraps were made from cotton flannel and flannel wraps are still in use today.

But for our purposes let's assume that polo wraps are made from polarfleece and standing wraps are made from polyester knit (a non-stretch ponte knit is a good choice).

Polo wraps are usually 9' long and from 4 1/2" to 5" wide.

Standing wraps range from 9' to 14' long and 4" to 6" wide.

This chart shows how many wraps you can cut from 58" wide fabric for the most common dimensions of wraps:

Wrap length
Wrap width Number of wraps Yardage
9' 4 1/2''
12 3 YDS
12' 4 1/2''
12 4 YDS
12' 6'' 9 4 YDS

Using a rotary cutter and mat is a good way to get nice straight cuts.

For EACH wrap you will need 5" of 1" wide hook-and-loop tape.

To apply hook-and-loop tape:

1. Fold one end of each wrap into a triangular point as shown and stitch across.




2. Take 5" piece of 1" wide hook-and-loop tape. Pin loop section FACE DOWN on top of wrap end so that 1" of the tape overlaps. Stitch as shown.

Pin hook section on the SAME SIDE of the wrap, 5" from the end of the loop section. Stitch around edges.



Angel also sent us this photo of her latest polos with ribbon accent and explained how she did it:

''The polos don't have ribbon the whole way down. It is only from the end of the interior Velcro to the end of the Velcro on the very top of the wrap. I also switched the Velcro around a bit because of the ribbon. I sew one on the inside and one on the outside. I tucked the end of the ribbon under the Velcro in the middle to make a nice finish and to help hold it in place.''




So color-coordinate your horse or pony's wardrobe by making matching wraps!