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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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ShadowTigerLily Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Instead of making a bunch of floofs I am experimenting with crocheting individual stands to the braided base and then brushing them out 
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WarmSummerSun Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing! Did you finish your tail?
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ShadowTigerLily Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah no not yet! Working on it though!!
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speedcow12 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
may i ask how that went? since im a bit curious XD
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ShadowTigerLily Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's going really well actually it makes so that the yarn can't be pulled loose and fall apart
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speedcow12 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
would it be possible to make a small tutorial? i would love to try it out XD , right now im just sitting in my room for a few hours together with a friend making tails 
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ShadowTigerLily Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's pretty easy. All you need to do is wrap the yarn around your hand and cut one side and cut it free from the ball of yarn and separate them from each other. Then with the braid you made for your base use a crochet hook to help you and fold one strand of yarn in half, stick your hook through a part of the braid (preferably near the bottom) and grab the yarn pull it half way through where you have a loop and pull the other half of the yarn through and pull. You can either continue adding more and then brush it out and straighten it or do it strand by strand. But continue that until your done basically. I haven't fully completed mine yet but am still working on it because school has started back and junior year of high school is really hard so far. And I'm only in the first few weeks!
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speedcow12 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks! i'll probably try this sometime! also good luck with school ^^
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ShadowTigerLily Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha thanks!
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BurriedInArt Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
might try this for a kitsune tail too
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BlackStatic-Kurone Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Student Filmographer
I would make the base braid a lot thicker, but I imagine it would also add a fair bit of weight.
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SenpaiKimu Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah, there is a bit of weight, but it barely makes a difference! :D
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xxstarfallxx Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
How did you finish the tail, like making it attachable to your pants? I have a carabeaner on mine right now and would rather have a pin-on or something but not sure how to go about doing that?
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FoxyGirl4ever Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
I never thought of making a feline tail! The base is so thiiiiinnn! i will deffenetly give it a try!
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EvoRo-KaSu Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015
I was really surprsed by your tutorial.
So I stared to work on one tail yesterday.
kasusaikoro.tumblr.com/post/11…
Maybe it's because i only braided 3 strings or it's becaus I wand the tail to turn out nice and fluffy but I am not able zu find the core after i added the 'fur'.
it's really compact. That's nice!

I choose to pull one end ot the yarn through the braided core with a chrochetung needle (I hope everyone understands? english is not my mothertoung) and tie a knot around just one of the strings. with that they can't slide more than one tiny part of the braided core. Maybe this helps?
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WarmSummerSun Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hey! Did you finish your tail? :)
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Dark-Pumpkin Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I made a tail with your tutorial, I used way more yarn than it shows, and didn't use a straightening iron it so it's super fluffy :D

www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRyP6p…
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WarmSummerSun Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Your tail looks great, I love how much wiggle they have!!! Thanks for sharing!
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kinlorn Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
By the way , you need to tie the floods closer together not into the braided core. Unless your wanting a thinner tail. Go to my page to see my first one.
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WarmSummerSun Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I just looked at your tail, I LOVE it! So floofy!
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Demonick1 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
Thanks sooooo much for taking the time to make this tutorial! I was able to make my first tail following this and it was easier and cheaper than I thought it would be. Still time consuming by far, but so worth it.
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WarmSummerSun Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh fantastic!!! No problem, I'm glad it helped. Would love to see if you have a photo :)
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0-0Vixen0-0 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
how would i do this to make a really fluffy foxy tail?
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WarmSummerSun Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  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 Jan 25, 2015  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 Jan 26, 2015  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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0-0Vixen0-0 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
huh must have missed that ok well never mind then sry i miss things sometimes and i just figured i'd ask since i hadn't seen it thanks for the correction
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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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Tachiagaru Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
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  Hobbyist Artist
Same thing happened to me when doing this the otherday, I'm pretty sure its normal :D
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Tachiagaru Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
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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ElysianParis 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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ElysianParis 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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