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Yarn Tail Tutorial (Feline) by WarmSummerSun Yarn Tail Tutorial (Feline) by WarmSummerSun
: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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0-0Vixen0-0 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
how would i do this to make a really fluffy foxy tail?
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WarmSummerSun Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Make your "Floofs" really long, and tie a whole bunch of them in there! You can also "trim" the tail afterwards to make a nice pointy fox tail shape, after all the floofs are attached.
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0-0Vixen0-0 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah thanks i'll try that btw none of the tutorials i have found mention that any type of yarn you use is going to shed alot i have tried several kinds and they all shed into the brush which at first made me think i had messed up but my friend told me that it is normal for that to happen so yeah would have been a good heads up before i went out and bought a but load of yarn im never gonna use -_-
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WarmSummerSun Featured By Owner 4 hours ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I actually mentioned this in the second bullet point in the description of the tutorial. I'm not sure why this resulted in you buying extra yarn though?
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Nakumah Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  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.
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WarmSummerSun Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hey, thanks for the awesome comment!! Man, I know how you feel; feeling equally poor myself right now :P Glad this tutorial helped ya out, would love to see what you make!
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Nakumah Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Will send you a link as soon as I finish. I just started a tail but I need the cat brush. Mostly because my dog got rid of my last one but just as much for this tail. It's gonna be brown. I also did some extension variations to make it more poofy at the bottom. I'm also pitching my sowing abilities for making light winter wears such as fleece hoodies and hoods. Cosplay sets and more. Adding fluffy tails to the mix would be most helpful.
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samilove0113 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014
I sew my fluffs on instead of tying them on with yarn. I find this holds better.
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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
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PastelKai Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Student 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
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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?
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Derpy-huves Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
for it to come out on the brush is normal
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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
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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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WarmSummerSun 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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WarmSummerSun 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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WarmSummerSun 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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WarmSummerSun Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I was checking out your OC, and I think you should be able to do a striped tail without much problem. Just do a few floofs of brown, all the way around the outside, then a few of white, etc. You'll have to experiment to see how many it takes to make the stripes the right thickness, but you can probably add in more if they look too skinny. Good luck! :)
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LeFrenchAngora Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ah, thank you so much! I appreciate it, I'll try and see what I get! X3
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WarmSummerSun Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Good luck ^-^
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Syreen-Isy Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist
Great tutorial :D
Thank you so much! :3 
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WarmSummerSun Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem!! Glad it helped you :D
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ivorys-art Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is great! i found that in a pinch you can use a fine tooth comb with larger yarn if anyone needs to know that too ^^
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WarmSummerSun Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great idea!! Hope this tutorial helped you :)
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cyanide-unicorn Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Thank you so much for the easy-to-follow tutorial!  Your tail turned out great: who would have thought that yarn could look that soft!
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WarmSummerSun Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Isn't it unbelievable?? I never would have thought of turning yarn into fur! Hope this tutorial helps you!!
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LillyLuvsLollipops Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hello! First, thanks for the tutorial its really nice! Second, I was wondering if it matters that you don't put spaces between the knots on the core. I feel like it would be easier this way but I'm not sure it will work or not, i already started but Idk if it will turn out... Thanks!
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peanuttart Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey Lilly :3
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LillyLuvsLollipops Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
hi
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WarmSummerSun Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hey! :D Glad this helped you out! The spacing between the floofs will depend on how fluffy you want your tail. The knots tend to settle down on top of eachother anyways in my experience, so it's probably better not to have a space to begin with. Good luck!
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Sk3tchie Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahhhhh yay! now i can make a meulin tail!
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kittylover911 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Student Writer
This is a really great tutorial! I'm in the process of making a yarn tail right now, actually, and it's coming out great because of this guideline. (Though I don't have a straightener, it still looks pretty good)
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NekoFeatherstar Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's gorgeous. I'm just wondering about a tabby tail. My OC, Featherstar, has gray fur with three dark gray bands around her tail and a pale whitish-grey tip. Do you know how to do that?
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WarmSummerSun Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hello!! You will need to buy skeins of yarn for each fur colour you need. Then there are two ways to go about this. You can make the whole tail out of gray first (with white tip), then tie/sew the dark gray bands in later. Or you can try to tie them in as you go. It takes a little bit of planning and it's hard to tell exactly how thick to make the "layers" without experimenting. Good luck!
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TinySweetGingerSnap Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Im doing one of these for my warrior cat JadePaw, I'm confused to, mine is a dark brown tabby, but in the middle of the tail, the brown lightens, so your not alone in wondering how to do that >u<
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MoonlightDalia Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
i m not sur but maybe if you alternete dark and light colors it might doo the trick...i never tried but it might work :)
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TinySweetGingerSnap Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
thanks! ill try that!
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MoonlightDalia Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
:)
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Ask-TatsuoStriut Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Student Artist
im gonna use this for nepeta tail
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agitha-and-neytiri-f Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
How can you make it thicker for a wolf or Fox? Do you just put the knots closer together? 
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WarmSummerSun Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very late reply, sorry! Along with a thicker base, longer floofs will also make a tail thicker like a wolf's would be. Good luck!
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How can I make the fluffs longer?
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WarmSummerSun Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Instead of wrapping the yarn around your hand, I used a piece of cardboard that was a bit longer and wrapped around that :)
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