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Animal tails (foxes, raccoons, wolves mainly) are becoming a new fashion statement. But not everyone is okay with harming one of their furry friends for fashion. And fake fur fabric always looks lame to me. Here's a way to make a realistic looking tail without killing~!
Note, it has to be 100% ACRYLIC YARN or else this won't work. That's because stuff like cotton yarn will brush out as soon as you start brushing.

This is an easy process, but it takes a loooonnggg time. If it's a tiny little tail for a keychain like the one I made it'll only take a few hours. But if it's super long like for a big scarf, it'll take much longer. The long white and orange one I made for a pokemon costume took about 3 days of solid work. Also get creative with this. You can make keychains, tails, phone charms, scarfs, anything!

Note: I added a bunch of steps just to kinda keep people from being lost. It's much easier

(I originally got the idea from Bir's yarn tail tutorial. But I altered the process a bit to make it quicker.)

Posted by Kida T. from Independence, Kansas, United States • Published See Kida T.'s 2 projects »
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  • How to make a tail. Fox Tail...Out Of Yarn? - Step 1
    Step 1

    ~MAKING THE BASE~

    Measure about how long you want your tail. Then add about 5 more inches onto the length for a small tail. For a large one leave about 10. Don't cut it off yet. Do this in the color you want the tip of ur tail. For this I'm making a black fox tail tipped in white.

    (I actually had already began making a tail before I decided to make a tutorial on it. So this one is just a little quick one I did for the tutorial.)

  • How to make a tail. Fox Tail...Out Of Yarn? - Step 2
    Step 2

    Next ur gonna fold it in half. Still don't cut~

  • How to make a tail. Fox Tail...Out Of Yarn? - Step 3
    Step 3

    Keep doing this about 30 times for a smaller tail. If you're doing a big tail you'll want to do it about 90 times. For a thinner tail do it less, thick more.

  • How to make a tail. Fox Tail...Out Of Yarn? - Step 4
    Step 4

    Next cut the bottom and top so it's all seperate pieces.

  • How to make a tail. Fox Tail...Out Of Yarn? - Step 5
    Step 5

    Now tie the bottom and knot it a few times. Make sure to leave a little left over to make into the tip of the tail.

  • How to make a tail. Fox Tail...Out Of Yarn? - Step 6
    Step 6

    Begin making a simple braid out of the yarn.

  • How to make a tail. Fox Tail...Out Of Yarn? - Step 7
    Step 7

    Now take a piece of yarn and tie it off on the bottom. Really tight too!

  • How to make a tail. Fox Tail...Out Of Yarn? - Step 8
    Step 8

    Do this twice, to make it extra secure.

  • How to make a tail. Fox Tail...Out Of Yarn? - Step 9
    Step 9

    This is what it should look like so far. Also get your brushes ready!

  • How to make a tail. Fox Tail...Out Of Yarn? - Step 10
    Step 10

    First brush to use is the pin brush (the orange one) and brush it out. If you have a small tail this one isn't completely necessary, but if you have a huge tail it is!

  • How to make a tail. Fox Tail...Out Of Yarn? - Step 11
    Step 11

    Next use the slicker brush, don't worry if lots of the "fur" comes out when you brush it. It just happens. When I did my big tails I had trash cans full of it! If when you're brushing and so much "fur" comes out that the tuft of fur shrinks and grows small, then your yarn isn't 100% acrylic.

  • How to make a tail. Fox Tail...Out Of Yarn? - Step 12
    Step 12

    Now use your straightener to straighten the fur. But I guess if you want a curly tail you don't have to? I've never tried it. It also makes it softer to the touch.

  • How to make a tail. Fox Tail...Out Of Yarn? - Step 13
    Step 13

    Now you got this afterwards!

  • How to make a tail. Fox Tail...Out Of Yarn? - Step 14
    Step 14

    Now get your needle and thread ready. For this entire project you're gonna wanna knot it and tie it all around like this.

  • How to make a tail. Fox Tail...Out Of Yarn? - Step 15
    Step 15

    Now you're gonna wanna go through the top where you had the two tied off parts and sew it all together. This is to keep it even more sturdy.

  • How to make a tail. Fox Tail...Out Of Yarn? - Step 16
    Step 16

    Now this is what you should have by now, this is the real tail I'm making! And right now, you're finished with your base!!

  • How to make a tail. Fox Tail...Out Of Yarn? - Step 17
    Step 17

    ~MAKING THE FUR~
    (pop in a movie or 7. It'll take a while.)

    Now next we're gonna start on the fur. Note, this is for makign ONE tuft of fur. You're gonna wanna do this AT LEAST 40 times.

    I actually got my black yarn from a scarf I was pimping out to look like a fox.

    To measure out your fur you're gonna wanna take the yarn and wrap it around your hand(or can if you have small hands like me). For a tiny tail like the one I'm making you'll wanna do it about 5 times.

    Also, if the yarn you have tis thick, you'll wanna do it about 5 or 6 times. If you have thin yarn, up to 15. Regular, 10. You don't want the knot from where you tie it too big, but not too small either.

  • How to make a tail. Fox Tail...Out Of Yarn? - Step 18
    Step 18

    Fold it in half,

  • How to make a tail. Fox Tail...Out Of Yarn? - Step 19
    Step 19

    And tie in in the middle!

  • How to make a tail. Fox Tail...Out Of Yarn? - Step 20
    Step 20

    Do it the same as you did the tip of the tail. Pin brush first,

  • How to make a tail. Fox Tail...Out Of Yarn? - Step 21
    Step 21

    Slicker brush second~ I actually brush out the yarn in half to make it go by quicker.

  • How to make a tail. Fox Tail...Out Of Yarn? - Step 22
    Step 22

    Straighten it again, but also gently use the straighten on the knot in half to make it flat.

  • How to make a tail. Fox Tail...Out Of Yarn? - Step 23
    Step 23

    And there ya go~!

  • How to make a tail. Fox Tail...Out Of Yarn? - Step 24
    Step 24

    ~ATTACHING THE TUFT OF FUR~

    Stick the needle all the way through the base,

  • How to make a tail. Fox Tail...Out Of Yarn? - Step 25
    Step 25

    and sew the tuft by the knot to the base. Always start from the bottom of the tail up. You dont have to worry about having matching thread for the yarn

  • How to make a tail. Fox Tail...Out Of Yarn? - Step 26
    Step 26

    Now keep doing this over and over,

  • How to make a tail. Fox Tail...Out Of Yarn? - Step 27
    Step 27

    and over,

  • How to make a tail. Fox Tail...Out Of Yarn? - Step 28
    Step 28

    and over....

    (I actually ran out of black yarn so I just used white. If you want an uber realistic tail you can mix colors, such has other shades of the same colors.)

  • How to make a tail. Fox Tail...Out Of Yarn? - Step 29
    Step 29

    And done<3 Pour some chai tea and celebrate!

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Jenevieve E.
Jenevieve E. · 8 projects

This is an awesome tutorial. Any idea how the tail fares after a run through the washing machine? Will it still be fuzzy, or will it mat up?

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DatWunGai
DatWunGai

about how much do you think a 2-2 1/2 foot tail would cost yarn wise? Assuming 1 spool of yarn is like $2.50

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KittyZilla
KittyZilla · Portsmouth, RI, United States · 1 project

Still working on mine (between work and school hadn't touched i much cus the holiday) but i will post all and any tails i do to show them off

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KittyZilla
KittyZilla · Portsmouth, RI, United States · 1 project

i'm trying it i don't have one of the brushes so i'm untwisting it by hand but i'm using my cat brush and i don't have a flat iron so i'm using my curling iron i'm hoping if i get it to work right i'm going to make one for my niece and nephew for christmas cus they take off with all my tails from my costumes

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Pancakeboy
Pancakeboy · Rovaniemi, Lappi, Finland · 4 projects

does the fluffyness last long or do you have to brush it a million times a week?:o

Kida T.
Kida T. · Independence, Kansas, US · 5 projects

Depends on how you use it :)

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holic
holic · 11 projects

Definitely using this for my cosplay! I needed to make a tail for an umbreon costume.

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Silence N.
Silence N. · My house XD, New York, United States · 1 project

I don't understand how you sew the tufts on. Do you fold the knot around the strand in the base and then sew? Or some other way?

Kida T.
Kida T. · Independence, Kansas, US · 5 projects

You fold the little tuft of fur in half then sew the knot to the best so both halves of fur are touching.

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RayGun UnDone
RayGun UnDone · Cincinnati, OH, United States · 12 projects

looks amazing! so realistic too. I might have to try a mini one for an earring!

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Marisol  C.
Marisol C.

im not done yet but my fingers hurt :{ lol but its worth it ima make more once i finish the one im on >.<

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Aimer I.
Aimer I. · Auckland, California · 1 project

do you have to use a dog brush or could you use a bristle brush

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