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A fab tail to swish and stroke
Using a cheap horrible belt clip mobile phone case, you can make a fab kitty tail!

You'll need;

Sewing Machine or just sew...
Glue Gun
Black fake fur or velvet
Wadding/Soft Toy stuffing/Squishy foam
Plastic corset boning

Once you've made your tail you, simply clip on and go! Meow!

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  • How to make a tail. Squashedkitty's Kitty Tail - Step 1
    Step 1

    Bits that I used :O)

  • How to make a tail. Squashedkitty's Kitty Tail - Step 2
    Step 2

    I brought a cheap mobile phone leather? case with a clip - £1.99 (about $3) and then cut the back of the case leaving enough of the "leather" to sew to. (okay I cut a bit to close on this one and made it too square I'd advise keeping it circular)

  • How to make a tail. Squashedkitty's Kitty Tail - Step 3
    Step 3

    I used a piece of cheap fake black velvet about 90 cm long and 18 cm across (35 inches by 7 inches) You can adjust this to suite your height and how long and fat you want your tail to be. You'll need a length of plastic corset boning a bit longer than the fabric about 100 cm (39 inches).

    IMPORTANT: Make sure the "grain" of the fur runs down the tail it will be nicer to stroke :O)

  • How to make a tail. Squashedkitty's Kitty Tail - Step 4
    Step 4

    Take the fabric and fold it over with the right side inwards (inside out) and the sew a seam along the open edge and at one end, sew a rounded end. You should end up with a long furry lined sock :O)

  • How to make a tail. Squashedkitty's Kitty Tail - Step 5
    Step 5

    Alternative tail with a white tip...

    Just take a small piece of white fake fur/velvet and sew it to the end a black piece, before you fold and make the sausage...

    Check that the fur all lies in the same direction!

  • How to make a tail. Squashedkitty's Kitty Tail - Step 6
    Step 6

    The long furry link sock. I should have mentioned that it's a good idea to experiment with a small scrap of the fabric to get the circumference of the tail right - as a mentioned earlier for me I found that about 18 cm (7 inches) was about right. It gave a circumference of about 16 cm allowing for the seam.

    The clever ones amongst you could have done it mathematically and also calculated the diameter of the circle to cut on the phone case back...

  • How to make a tail. Squashedkitty's Kitty Tail - Step 7
    Step 7

    Trim off the waste material on the rounded end and any wobbles on the seam. And now turn the tail right side out. If the tail seems too long now is the time to trim it. If it's too short - start again :O(

  • How to make a tail. Squashedkitty's Kitty Tail - Step 8
    Step 8

    Take the length of corset boning and trim it to the length of inside of the tail plus about 4 cm (1.5 inches). If you want the tail to be stiffer, hot glue two pieces of corset boning together.

    Stiffer makes for more swishy :O)

  • How to make a tail. Squashedkitty's Kitty Tail - Step 9
    Step 9

    Fold the extra 4 cm bit down, if you have a heat gun before you bend it warm it up a bit so the plastic softens and doesn't break. Hairdryer works just as well...

  • How to make a tail. Squashedkitty's Kitty Tail - Step 10
    Step 10

    Then hot glue the clip to the bent part of the boning with the extra circular bit facing the boning.

  • How to make a tail. Squashedkitty's Kitty Tail - Step 11
    Step 11

    Wrap the wadding around the boning all the way up to the clip and then you need to slide the tail (sock) over the wadding covered corset boning.

    This bit will take a bit of wiggling and tugging, try to keep the boning centred all the way down the tail.

  • How to make a tail. Squashedkitty's Kitty Tail - Step 12
    Step 12

    Once you've pulled tail all the way on to the boning, sew around the "leather" phone case back to join it to the tail.

  • How to make a tail. Squashedkitty's Kitty Tail - Step 13
    Step 13

    On this one I left far too little of the case around the clip and made the end square :O(

    Yours will be lovely and round and look better :O)

    Depending on the belt clip, you'll find that you can also attach it to tops by sliding it upwards.

  • How to make a tail. Squashedkitty's Kitty Tail - Step 14
    Step 14

    All done, clip on you tail and meow...

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Brigit
Brigit · Baltimore, Maryland, US · 2 projects
Love
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Raven W.
Raven W. · Brisbane, Queensland, AU · 70 projects
Fantastic! You can get those clips from leather craft stores like Tandy so I might try getting some of those
squashedkitty
squashedkitty · 3 projects
Cool, I've been ask to make some more tails for friends and had run out of clips :O)
Raven W.
Raven W. · Brisbane, Queensland, AU · 70 projects
They list them as belt/holster clips Happy my wife really wants me to make her a tail now lol
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squashedkitty
squashedkitty · 3 projects
You can get plastic corset boning from most sewing shops or haberdasheries aand it's cheap, it usually comes on a roll and so has a curl to it. That's why I stuck two bits back to back it makes the tail flick and move more.

I had tried using wire on an earlier version and it just stuck out and did look right Happy
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Jet H.
Jet H. · Haarlem, North Holland, NL · 108 projects
LOL like this, great tute you've made !!! well done. ;-D
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