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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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HopeInONE Featured By Owner 11 hours ago  Hobbyist
Hey, i'm planning to make a tail for sakura haruno on halloween, i'm wandering for the core of the tail what is the bottom end of it s'pose to look like. I'm sorry if this is a bother i just never made anything like this before.
Thank you heaps for putting this tutorial, it's good :).
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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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willowfall Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think you'll regret using this method for Ahri because it takes a very long time! I think that's a project much better suited for fake fur + sewing. If you decide to try it though, make sure you wrap the wire in something of a spiral pattern so that it doesn't just slip out the bottom of the braid. You could also make the braid out of strips of fabric instead of wool in order to make it thicker. Good luck :)
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Kigenzen Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
I was going to make one tail for now since I don't have anywhere nearby to buy fur for it 
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LuckyLily3496 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How many strands of tarn did you use for the core?
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willowfall Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
9 for a thinner yarn, or you can get away with just 3 of a chunky yarn! It doesn't matter too much how thick the core is because the thickness of the tail really comes from the length of the fluffs :)
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LuckyLily3496 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks 😊
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Little-Grump Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I recommend against using a a high wool yarn (more than 30%) because wool becomes matted (felts) acrylic yarn will never become matted, no matter what happens it will brush out rather easily.
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willowfall Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great tip, thanks a lot!! 
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LeFrenchAngora Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for this!! But question, how would I do this for a zig zag tail? I want to make a tail based off my oc. C:
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