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Yarn Tail Tutorial (Feline) by willowfall Yarn Tail Tutorial (Feline) by willowfall
:bulletred: Yarn tails are becoming really popular, I'm seeing them everywhere now! I found the perfect yarn at my local craft store, so I had to try it out. Here's a tutorial showing exactly how I made my cat tail. Let me know if you have any questions!

:bulletred: Using the fur brush pulls out a lot of extra fluff. This is totally normal, and you can always save it to use as stuffing for plushies or what have you. It helps to have a plastic bag handy to stuff it all in.

:bulletred: EDIT: After a lot of wearing and brushing, I realized that despite how tight my knots were, the floofs can start to slide on the base. I went through and stitched them on by laying the tail flat and separating the floofs, revealing all the big knots. Then just go through with a long threaded needle and tack them to the base. Alternatively, tie your fluffs INTO the weave of the braid instead of AROUND it to stop them from sliding down!

:bulletred: EDIT Apr 2014: I recently made a great fluffy tail with "Loops & Threads" brand "Cozy Wool". It is 50% wool, 50% acrylic super bulky wool that I didn't straighten. I used longer strands to make a floofier tail (Instead of wrapping around your hand, wrap around a piece of cardboard or something that is wider than the span of your fingers) and only tied 4 strands together at a time. The tail has a cute wavy look as the fibres have not been straightened, just brushed out. I highly recommend this yarn!

:star: Here's some great tips from friends and fellow users:

1. Try a really soft, chunky wool - you might not even have to straighten it and you need to use less wool!
2. Tie your fluffs into the braid instead of around it to stop them from sliding down the base!
3. Try separating the wool strands before brushing to prevent knots.

Total time: ~5 hours+ depending on length
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Nakumah Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn, that easy? Wow, and here I thought you had to buy fur or something. Wow, I bet you've heard this before but, THANKS! THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THIS TUTORIAL! I'm gonna put it to use asap. my wallet and fridge depends on it. Economy here is so bad, half of the population of my generation is jobless and cant afford to buy food with spare pocket change with out the help of food-stamps. Living like this is embarrassing. Again, thank you very much for being so considerate about other crafters like yourself.
samilove0113 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014
I sew my fluffs on instead of tying them on with yarn. I find this holds better.
epictoothpaste Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for posting this! the only problem I have is finding clothes to match my tail XD
XxclaystarxX Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
THANK YOU SO MUCH!~!~!~ ive bben wanting to make colored tails for me and my friends for a while now, and i can, thanks to you!~!~

btw, is it okiee to use more than one color? i wanna make a rainbow yarn tail :3
HopeInONE Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist
Just wandering i bought some acrylic yarn/wool and i begun brushing it, is it normal for so much of it to come out on the brush?
Derpy-huves Featured By Owner 3 days ago
for it to come out on the brush is normal
crochetbunny122 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  New member Hobbyist Artist
Same thing happened to me when doing this the otherday, I'm pretty sure its normal :D
HopeInONE Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist
True, cause i had to get it done before Halloween, successfully accomplished :). Turned out well too for the first time :).
This guide defiantly helps big time.
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Kigenzen Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
Hi :) (Smile) Do you think it would be possible to put a metal wire in the base then braid over it and do you have any ideas on how to make the base a bit thicker without using yarn for it? I need a bigger and sturdier base for it since it's going to be standing up and bent into place. I'm planning to make tails for my Ahri cosplay soon.
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