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How can i make a lions tail?

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MerlinsBeard Wed 30-Sep-09 12:38:51

DS1 wants to be Aslan for book day and other than a tail i can fudge a costume (biiiiiig hair and lots of gelwink) but teh tail i am stumped ion! How would i make one very very simply?? Am not v good with a sewing machine and don't really want to stuff a stocking with newspaper!!

Or is there somewhere i can buy one from??

Ooooooh just thought about a strip of furry fabric.....would hobbycraft sell that?

SoupDragon Wed 30-Sep-09 12:41:04

Yes, gold short fur fabric in a strip (double it over and glue so it's furry both sides) long haired dark scrap of fur fabric for the tuft at the end.

MerlinsBeard Wed 30-Sep-09 12:43:09

I knew posting on MN would help! Have got an old dance elastic waist thingy i can staple it to use too

OhYouBadBadKitten Wed 30-Sep-09 12:44:00

Strip is quite good but it is better is you can buy wider than you need and fold it in half inside out, sew up and then turn it the right way.
Remember that lions tails have the tufty bit at the end. IThat can be made by winding lots of wool around a piece of card, then tieing tightly at one end of the card before snipping it off at the other end (bit like making a pompom) Tuck it into the tube of fabric before you sew up the side and make sure you sew it in before doing the turning the right way bit.

Fabric fur is bugger to pin before you sew so if you do need to pin it use a large tacking stitch instead.

Good luck.

OhYouBadBadKitten Wed 30-Sep-09 12:45:51

Soups way much easier than mine!!

KnickersandVests Wed 30-Sep-09 12:48:23

You could stuff one side of a pair of skin colour tights with either some more tights or similar material or use white wadding and then use the other leg to tie around his waist. For the fluffy tail bit you can sew on a bit of brown felt cut in a fluffy tail or, as badkitten says, make a pom pom.

KnickersandVests Wed 30-Sep-09 12:51:56

Sorry, didn't read you didn't want to stuff a stocking.

<note to self-don't skim read>

boolifooli Wed 30-Sep-09 12:58:56

I had to make a cats tail for DD once. I bought a dirt cheap ball of wool and cut it all into about 1' lengths then secured the top end and plaited it then tied a hair bobble about 2 inches from end and roughed up the ends to be the end of the tail. Make sense?

MerlinsBeard Wed 30-Sep-09 12:59:49

I only said i don't want to because i remember having to make my own for book day at primary school and everyone laughed at me because it was lumpy/black and white

can feel a trip to hobbycraft coming on - DH will "love" that!

MerlinsBeard Wed 30-Sep-09 13:00:53

ooooh a plaited tail...that could work

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