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Yarn Tail Tutorial (Feline)

: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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animamomentlover's avatar
i really wanna try this
LittlemissStitch's avatar
Edit: I ended up figuring how to style my mustache! If anyone is interested in making a mustache please read below!

In my version my stache will be sort of like this :) Parrotmustache 

Follow all original steps as followed until you reach the tying an extra string in the center step, before you do that I'd advise laying a small/elastic string going the same direction as the other strings on top in the center, THEN tie your knot around all the strings including the elastic. This will give you the chance to actually wear the stache, but if you didn't think about that at first or forgot (like me) you could always go back with a needle and thread or whatever string you want to use to tie it to your face, and put your needle through under the knot and pull it through! Continue original steps until you reach the brushing part, make sure to brush everything including the two strings as mentioned. Once finished brushing, use a straight iron to straighten out each end of your stache. Take a marker or something similar and wrap it from the end tip of one side of your stache around it, carefully hold it there and use hairspray to keep it in place. This may be a bit of a trial and error process so have some patience! Do this to both sides and you should be done! Press it, fluff it, etc. to get it the way you like! You could always go back and trim the ends if they're too long, these are washable! I hope this helped some people <3

(WarmSummerSun Not trying to be an attention hog, but it would be great if this comment could get a feature to help others out! Hope you liked it <3)
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Haha!! This is wonderful! I'm glad you said that, because I didn't even know you could feature comments LOL <3 Cheers :3
LittlemissStitch's avatar
Awesome thanks so much! And glad you know now lol :D have a wonderful day!
why would you want to prevent knots ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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:confident: Fav comment right here 
Ilubpaint's avatar
what if i dont have a cat brush?
WarmSummerSun's avatar
Try a fine-toothed comb, instead! You'd be better off buying a catbrush though, it will speed up the process.
Ilubpaint's avatar
im only having difficulty on dat long part of the tail
Wolf-x-neko's avatar
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. 
Ridqevale's avatar
Hey, do you know what I should do if I don't have access to a straightener? My tails look really weird ;w;
WarmSummerSun's avatar
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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Autumn-Maple's avatar
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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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!
Autumn-Maple's avatar
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!
How would i make a striped tail?
mju-mini's avatar
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.
I can't get how to make the core . 
SilipinStarfox's avatar
The core is braided c:
Duraddaraddaradda's avatar
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 ^^ 
RiJayden's avatar
I used detangler spray. You have to brush again when dry, but works for a person on a budget.
WyrmsRoost's avatar
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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