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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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:iconwarmsummersun:
WarmSummerSun Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha!! This is wonderful! I'm glad you said that, because I didn't even know you could feature comments LOL <3 Cheers :3
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LittlemissStitch Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome thanks so much! And glad you know now lol :D have a wonderful day!
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Tarbsley Featured By Owner Edited Apr 19, 2017
why would you want to prevent knots ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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WarmSummerSun Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:confident: Fav comment right here 
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Ilubpaint Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what if i dont have a cat brush?
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WarmSummerSun Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Try a fine-toothed comb, instead! You'd be better off buying a catbrush though, it will speed up the process.
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Ilubpaint Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
im only having difficulty on dat long part of the tail
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Wolf-x-neko Featured By Owner Edited Dec 1, 2016
I was wondering if you know a way to tie the fluffs to the core good enough so they won't come off because I want to start making yarn tails and I want to make one for a friend that lives really far away and I'd feel horrible if it fell apart after a few times of using it. And I don't know how to thread the fluffs through and was wondering if you knew another way. 
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Ridqevale Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Hey, do you know what I should do if I don't have access to a straightener? My tails look really weird ;w;
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WarmSummerSun Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Not much you can do without a straightener, unfortunately! You could try crazy stuff like getting it wet and hanging it to dry, or using hair products. Better option would be to check a local thrift store for a straightener :3
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Ridqevale Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thanks :3
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Autumn-Maple Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I finished making a yarn tail of my own, yet I'm struggling to figure out how to attach a belt loop of some sort. What method did you use?
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WarmSummerSun Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hello! Wonderful, I'd love to see it :D One thing you can do is just tie on a loop of yarn. Another option is to attach the tail to a carabiner (a type of metal clip). I often do nothing at the top of mine, and just safety pin it on to my pants (I don't like wearing belts). Hope that helps!
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Autumn-Maple Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It helped! What I ended up doing was adding a little extra yarn to the base and attaching an elastic. I'll post pictures of just the tail soon!
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thedemoncookie Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016
How would i make a striped tail?
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mju-mini Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016
I'd suggest tying the knots of the same color a bit closer to each other and maybe shortening some strands to get even layers.
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LoveItsOnlyBabyScars Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2016
I can't get how to make the core . 
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WyrmsRoost Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2016  Professional General Artist
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SilipinStarfox Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The core is braided c:
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Duraddaraddaradda Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I was wondering if you know of a alternative to a hair straightener? I currently don't have one or the money to get one.
Thanks for the tutorial ^^ 
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RiJayden Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I used detangler spray. You have to brush again when dry, but works for a person on a budget.
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WyrmsRoost Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2016  Professional General Artist
Buy one secondhand. I use one I bought at a thrift store for $4. The only alternative would be straightening it using hot water like one would for a synthetic wig, but I've never tested this method personally and would not recommend it for the risk of burning yourself.
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Hirdael Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
THIS IS SO FLUFFYYYYYY!!!!
waaa!! Thank you for the tutorial... Mmmh!! I think I'm gonna try it, it looks so great but seems more difficult than just buying fabrik and making it :/
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WarmSummerSun Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It definitely takes longer than sewing from fake fur, but lets you do some cool things with colours and patterns that would be difficult with fabric! Did you get a chance to try it out?
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Freiha Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been searching for a nice looking cat tail all over the place, but most of them are just ugly. :P

This tutorial saved me! It was so helpful! Thank you very much! :huggle:

It really took about 5h (I didn't think it would, looked so easy xD) and I hurt my fingers with the sharp endings of the cat brush. But the result looks awesome!

(For people not owning such awesome things like a crochet needle: I used the stiff endings of the cord in my hoodie, worked fine as well :D)
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WarmSummerSun Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem, really glad it worked out for you :D
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Stokerclass Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016
How many skeins of yarn did you use?
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WarmSummerSun Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Just one for this tail!
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rocket-child Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Professional Filmographer
nice idea. Looks like it could work with doll wigs too
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WarmSummerSun Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Definitely. You could do wavy hair too if you skipped the straightening step.
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ArtfulFoxCustoms Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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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WyrmsRoost Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Professional General Artist
I've done that too, that style takes waaay longer and ends up with thinner looking tails.
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ArtfulFoxCustoms Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
yea i've switched to hot gluing the fluffs lol
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:iconwyrmsroost:
WyrmsRoost Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Professional General Artist
:( You won't get a great result doing that. Sew them on instead.
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ArtfulFoxCustoms Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've gotten a great result so far
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WyrmsRoost Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Professional General Artist
I would never do it. It's lazy and your overall quality will be poor. If it's a time saving technique for a personal project then it's fine, but never, ever, ever sell a yarn tail who's floofs have been glued to the core.
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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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ArtfulFoxCustoms Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah no not yet! Working on it though!!
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Sukeiisu 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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ArtfulFoxCustoms Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's going really well actually it makes so that the yarn can't be pulled loose and fall apart
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Sukeiisu 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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ArtfulFoxCustoms Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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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Sukeiisu 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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ArtfulFoxCustoms Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha thanks!
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TheVictorFoxMan Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
might try this for a kitsune tail too
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AmyCat-3 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2017
If you used fox colors (e.g.: red with a black tip), this should make a nice tail. Check out EvoRo-KaSu, who posted this two-color tail photo in a comment upstream: instagram.com/p/0sZvQyMDwd/
That one, being white with a black tip, looks like an ermine tail to me, but if the white part was red it'd be very foxy! 😺
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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  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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