sew an easy faux fur tail in 5 steps

This tutorial results in a simple, elegant tail that sways naturally back and forth with movement. Attaches with safety pins or optional loop. 

The 20-inch length is a nice all-purpose size that works for kids and adults, but it’s easy to customize by lengthening or shortening the cut of fabric used. Works up quickly and is a great project for beginners!

finished faux fur tail


  • 20 x 5 inch piece of faux fur*, with fur running longways
  • two safety pins


  • scissors
  • sewing pins
  • embroidery needle
  • thread
  • wooden spoon (or anything with a similar handle)
  • comb

*Any type of faux fur will work, but for a fluffy tail, I recommend fur with a 1-inch pile or longer. In this tutorial, I use a 2-inch fur from my Etsy shop.

1. pin the bottom and sides

First, fold your fabric in half (like a hot dog bun) with the fur on the inside.

Find the end where the fur hangs down off of the fabric; this is the bottom of your tail. Begin pinning the fabric together here, then matching up the sides as you work your way up to the top. Don’t pin the other end shut, though–leave that open for later.

2. stitch where you’ve pinned

Next, thread your needle so that you’re sewing with four strands of thread, with the ends knotted together. This will prevent breakage and unthreading. 

Using a backstitch, sew up the bottom and sides of your tail with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Begin at the bottom corner close to the fold, sewing across the bottom edge. Then continue stitching up the side, removing the pins as you go, until you reach the top of the tail. Thankfully fur is very forgiving, so your seam allowance and stitching don’t need to be perfect 🙂

The seam is fairly long, so you’ll probably need to rethread your needle once or twice. When you run out of thread length, just tie off your seam using a double knot. Then rethread your needle and pick back up where you left off.

Stop sewing when you reach the top of the side seam, leaving the top end of the tail open. Double knot and cut your thread.

3. turn the tail right-side-out

The first part of this step is clipping the corners you just sewed. Find the bottom two corners of the tail and snip diagonally across them to remove the seam allowance there, being careful not to snip the stitches you just made. Cutting away these extra bits of the seam allowance will prevent bulk and bunching later when the tail is turned right-side out.

Using your hands, begin folding the top of the tail to the outside so that the fur is showing; the aim is to turn just a few inches out to get the process started.

Then take the handle of the wooden spoon (or whatever you’re using as your turning tool) to push the rest of the tail to the outside. 

It’s starting to look like a tail now, but there’s probably quite a bit of fur stuck in the stitches you just made. This next step will make the tail nice and fluffy.

4. comb out your seam

Starting at the bottom edge of the tail, begin pulling the fur out of the seam using a comb. A fine- to medium-toothed comb is ideal. Try to get as much fur as possible out of the seam, working your way up until you reach the top of the tail. It might take a little tugging to get the strands of fur loose. Use downward strokes, combing in the direction that the fur naturally lays. 

Now that you’re finished combing, the tail should have a rounded end and evenly thick fluffiness on all sides.

5. sew up the top

Almost done! It’s time to finish up the base of the tail. A needle and thread will be used again for this step. 

Turn in the unfinished edge at the top of the tail by 1/2 inch, forming a flat seam. Next, center the side seam so that it falls directly in the middle of your top seam; this will be the back of the tail. It’s not necessary to pin this before sewing, but you can if you want.

If you’re adding a loop to your tail, now is the time to do it.For the loop, you’ll need a 4-inch piece of cording or elastic. First, fold the cord in half. Then slip the loose ends into the middle of the top seam, overlapping by about 1/2 inch. Pin in place.

Make only a few stitches for this top seam, just enough to keep it securely closed. 

If you’ve added a loop, make sure that the loop ends are securely stitched into the seam. 

Use the comb again to pull the fur out of the seam you’ve just made. It might be a little more difficult this time around, but it shouldn’t take long since there are only a few stitches.

Your faux fur tail is now complete! 

Enjoy donning your beautiful handmade creation, casually mentioning to passers-by that the glorious tail gracing your behind is your own couture design. Be sure to sashay around a bit to show off the full effect of the fur, and consider topping off your outfit with a pair of handmade ears.

What kind of costume are you working on or dreaming about right now? 

Leave your comments and questions below!

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