While Tucker may never be a lion (and we don't need to let him know lions are cats, after all), at least part of his dream could be fulfilled. He could dominate his pack of friends with the most glorious mane of them all.
And this is how Tucker got his mane.
Step 1: Get measurements
From these, I was able to construct a mock Tucker head out of paper and tape.
Step 2: Making the base
I draped a soft lycra piece around the head and collar to use as the foundation for the fur. The collar piece closed on the side with strips of velcro.
Then I was able to play around with the fur until I could get it to look like what I wanted.
Step 3: Draping the fur
The answer came in pleating the strips of fur, and stacking them closely together. In retrospect, I wish I had done two or three more layers of fur for even more luxurious volume!
Be sure to reference Step 3 in How to Cut & Sew Faux Fur if you haven't cut fur before. There is definitely a right way and a wrong way.
Step 4: Sewing the fur
I first sewed down all of the pleats in the fur, and then attached them to the lycra base. Turns out this wasn't really necessary, and you can just sew the whole thing together all at once.
Finally, I cut some little ear shapes out of polar fleece and hand sewed them to the top of the mane. And it was complete!
Step 5: A dog and his mane
Tucker wore his mane proudly through the streets, scaring off threats and keeping his pride safe, while garnering adoring awws and treats from the more appreciative onlookers. After all, how could you refuse pupcorn to this adorable little scamp?