How to wrap leggings in WWI army uniforms

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How to wrap leggings in WWI army uniforms
Leggings known as puttees were part of the World War I military uniform of American soldiers. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Known as Doughboys, American soldiers in World War I made military legging wraps famous. These leggings were called puttees and were wrapped around the calves and over the top of pant legs. Whether you participate in military re-enactments, or are just interested in military history and uniforms, wrapping puttees is a way to replicate a bit of history. While the wrapping process can be a difficult task, there are a few steps that can be used to help wrap these World War I leggings.

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  1. 1

    Roll up the cotton tape end of the puttee toward the end with the wool strip. You want the cotton tape to be in the middle of the roll.

  2. 2

    Place the free end of the roll on your shin and unroll about 6-inches of it. Unroll until you reach the top of your boot.

  3. 3

    Fold the legging wrap over and wrap it twice around your leg overlapping the material at the top of your boot.

  4. 4

    Continue wrapping the leggings up your calf. Make sure to partially overlap the previous layer with each new layer.

  5. 5

    Unroll the cotton tape once you finish wrapping the leggings. The wrap should end just below your knee near the top of your calf.

  6. 6

    Wrap the cotton tape around the top of the leggings and tie it with a knot. The leggings should fit snugly but should not be so tight as to cut off circulation.

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