Don't buy a fabric tail for your costume! It's super easy to make an excellent tail out of faux fur. :D Making a faux fur tail is easier than you think!

It'll take you less than an hour to throw together (okay, maybe two if you're not much of a sewer), and you can customize it in tons of ways. There are so many colors of faux fur available in every length these days. I'm sure you can find something you love.

I've even seen tutorials of people painting faux fur to get exactly the color they want if you just can't find the right hue or pattern.

I've attached my faux fur tail with a safety pin, but use whatever you feel comfortable with.

Looking for ears to go along with your tail? Check out my tutorial for realistic faux fur animal ears!

Step 1: What You'll Need:

  • 1/4 yard faux fur
  • new razor blades
  • measuring tape
  • needle and thread + sewing machine
  • something large and curved like a plate
  • safety pin for attaching
  • fabric scraps or polyfill for stuffing
  • pins
  • pen or marker for marking
You can use any sort of faux fur for this - I chose a grey/white/brown long haired fur. It's so pretty! :D Short fur will definitely be easier to work with if it's your first time.

Keep in mind that 1/4 yard of fur will give you enough to make ears and tail!
Whats the name of the faux fur you used? I sort of want the same thing but more of a raccoon.
<p>I have no idea, honestly! I bought it at Fabric Outlet in San Francisco a looooong time ago and didn't look at the name. All I remember is that it's long pile faux fur. :)</p>
<p>I want to make a Tails Prower costume: the 2-tailed fox from Sonic the Hedgehog (that's also his main sidekick, is the 3rd most popular in the series, and can also fly): I want to make an older-style Tails with the brown and creme color; I'm 5' 9&quot; tall, so I don't know how much brown fur I should buy from: http://www.fabricbravo.com/Shaggy-Faux-Fur-Dark-Brown-Fabric-Sold-By-The-Yard_p_1173.html?gdftrk=gdfV216610_a_7c4420_a_7c16476_a_7c1173&amp;gclid=CIqn5aKXqswCFYQfhgodBu4K8w and I'd have to do the eyes as well, be able to see out of it, and: have enough fur for myself and to feel comfortable in the costume; see the image attached for an example of what I want to make it be like: this is my first time making a costume</p>
<p>You may want to try reaching out to fur suit builders on on Deviant Art! There's a large community of folks over there doing things like you describe. I bet you could find lots of resources there - that's how I got inspiration for the fur ears I made!</p>
<p>jessyratfink. Where did you get your fur? btw I love this tutorial, Im trying to make a raccoon tail using the same technique.</p>
<p>I got this at Fabric Outlet in San Francisco forever ago! Sadly, I'm not sure where to get it online. </p><p>You might be able to just buy two different colors and sew them together in stripes before forming the tail. :)</p>
The best way to get a good idea of how much fabric you would need would be to find a pattern for some onesie pajamas then you could base the amount off of what is written on the pattern
<p>nightmare foxy ME TOO. I really need to know where she got this fur, because im trying to make a raccoon tail within a deadline, and I cant find stripey fur anywhere!</p><p>If anyone knows where i can get some, please reply to this comment. Thanks!</p>
<p>what if I am making a tail that has four different colours??? &gt;.&lt;</p>
<p>I made an account just to say thanks! Halloween is coming up which is why I needed a tail. I always make my own costume because it's so much fun but usually is not an animal. I was so nervous but then I found this and I can't wait and it's so awesome. My friends are going to be amazed! (Also I am a total scrap hoarder, my mom always gets mad)</p>
<p>wow this will really help me!!!</p>
<p>I love this. It's so cool </p>
I'm an up-and-coming fursuit maker, and I have to say this really helped. I've looked at many different ways of making tails, including yarn and patterns, but this is by far the best I've found. I love that, depending on what you stuff it with, it has the possibility of moving either realistically fluidly or with a toony swing. I highly recommend using this for anyone who wants to make their own tail.
Oh yay!! I'm so happy you found it helpful. Thanks for the kind words and recommendation! :D
<p>I Made Both A Tail And Ears.......Went To School A Neko Sebastian Michaelis~ ^-^</p>
<p>Hey, your tutorial is awesome :D but, the last step made me a tad confused :/ Do you mean fold it over vertically, like a drawstring bag? If so, wouldn't the thread get in the way of the fur on the outside? (Sorry, I'm thick sometimes) Thanks :)</p>
<p>it looks really cool were did u find that fabric??</p>
<p>How can u apply wire to make it bendable?</p>
I hot glue 4 wires on the sides and it works great!
Hmmm, I kinda used your tutorial to make a less realistic tail and If anyone wants to know how to make one come to my page!
<p>i just got the fur to do this, so excited to get started! but one question, how would you make the tail with a different colored tip? ex. the tail im making is purple/black husky colored with a white tip.</p>
i think you only need to sew a piece of another color at the end and then continue with the instructable
<p>Instead of using a safety pin, you could always try putting two elastic hoops at the top and then you could slide a belt through those hoops and BAM!! :3</p>
Btw I will post a pic of my tail! It's a silver fox tail, which is just a fox tail but instead of mahogany fur, it's black!!!
I love it! It's beautiful and I am thinking about making it! The thing is, I already have an amaZing tail I wear lots!
i used this awesome tutorial for a black light reactive Gnar tail (blue) and used the same steps for Merle (stirped leopard) with some adjustments for the pompom at the bottom :D
<p>does this tail move around while you walk or is it stiff and doesn't move at all?</p>
<p>It swings a bit, but not very much. :)</p>
Where did you find the faux fur??
<p>etsy has good fur, by everafterfabrics</p>
<p>My friend and I made this for our fox costumes, and it turned out wonderful! Everyone was asking us, &quot;Did you buy those?&quot; and we just said, &quot;Nope, they are homemade!&quot;. We referred a lot of people to this tutorial, FYI! I will post a picture soon (p.s, i know it's not halloween yet, and you are probably wondering why we were wearing our costumes, its because our town has this trick-or-treating thing where you go around this one shopping center, and its before halloween!)</p>
<p>This is absolutely fantastic! Where did you buy your faux fur? I like how it has the two different colored stripes. I'm trying to make one for a Cheshire Cat Halloween costume with turquiose and grey stripes (which i'm convinced doesn't exist lol). </p>
<p>https://www.etsy.com/listing/104719683/purple-and-hot-pink-faux-fur-craft-size?ref=shop_home_active_16</p><p>This is where i got my faux fur! She doesn't have a turquoise/grey fur, but you can request a custom order for that! The link goes to the cheshire faux fur she has (it's the normal purple and pink)!</p>
<p>Awesome :DD I just finished mine for a cosplay and it came out perfect! I ended up hand sewing it at since I don't have a sewing machine, but it turned out great! I just have to be careful I suppose so I don't kill the stitching :P </p>
<p>Made it! So happy with how it turned out, it looks great, feels amazing and was so simple! Fantastic instructable!</p>
<p>I made a tail though I added a wire along the seam stitched inside, which allows me to give ot somw strengh and shape.</p>
<p>oh and I forgot to mention that I hand stitched it, it took longer but because the fabric was slippery it was safer to do.</p>
<p>This is so cool! Must try it!</p>
Can I sew it by hand? Btw this is awesome!!!
This is awesome :D Thanks alot. <br>I've got a fabric store that sells it quite cheap near where I work, and I can't believe I found this awesome tutorial thank you ^_^
love it.
Where did you get the fur from?
Awesome! I was thinking I'd have to wait for Ren Fest or some such to get a tail. Now I can do it myself! (Humanely and cheaply, too!) Thanks!!!
How big does the curved thing have to be
Not too big, or it'll come out pointed. Just make it a gradual curve - only up 2-3 inches on each side. :)
you, madam, made my day! :D Ill be sure to upload a picture later!
Thanks, I will use this and modify it to make a Koga costume from inuyasha. http://www.zeably.com/Koga_(InuYasha)&amp;type=wallpaper
Thanks again!!! I finally got my fur and made my tail. Your instructions really helped me out. Also going back and using a backstitch worked out great. Tail is amazing.
is this possible to do without a sewing machine? i realize it might be harder but i dont have the money to buy a sewing machine. Also thanks for the tutorial. Easiest one to follow that I've found so far.
Oh, definitely. :D After basting with a running stitch, go back over your stitches with a backstitch. That should be strong enough to hold up to stuffing and wearing. :) <br /> <br />And you're welcome!

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