Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Tails for the Kids

Playing dress up is half the fun in make believe.  I never had the luxury, but it's always fun to put something on and pretend.  So why not make a tail for each of the kids!  That's what I did.. and if you want to join in the fun--follow along!
Start with a soft fabric, for this tutorial, I used a faux suede material, the others were made of fleece.  I'm sure you could use flannel or felt or even cotton if you so wish.  We're making the dark, long tail in the picture.
 I drew out a long triangular shape like this with squared edges.  My piece is about 19 inches in length with the wide end being 6 inches and the narrow end being about 2 inches.  Cut it out.
 Grab a scrap piece of fleece, whatever size you want your tassel end to be.  I think this piece was 6 x 2.
If you have faux fur, you can skip this step and just sew the fur to end of your tail, but I didn't, so a fleece tassel it is.  Make several small cuts all along your scrap piece, like so.
 Lay the tassel inwards on the short end of your tail fabric.  You're going to sandwich it when you fold the tail in half to sew.
 Like I said, fold the tail lengthwise in half, right side in.  Pin your tassel in place so it's only sewn along the bottom.  You'll have to sew REALLY slow (or hand sew, depending on your machine) to get through all those layers.
 Pin the edges together and sew along the edges using about a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

 Flip it right side out and stuff with polyfill.  I recommend you use a small bunch at a time and push it all the way down so you don't get a floppy end. 
 All stuffed.
 You'll be using a badge clip for the top.  You can find these in multi-packs at the dollar store or Wal-Mart.
 Fold in the ends of the open end, you can press if you like, I didn't.
 The badge clip will go in the center of that end, be sure it's between the two snaps so you're sewing through the plastic and not the metal snap.. that'll break your needle.. :(
 Pin in place and sew it shut.
 All done.  Try it on!  Or get your kids to.
 Feel free to vary your tails, change them up by shortening, adding spikes for a dinosaur or monster tail, or different animals (middle one's a fox tail).

 The little guys are too cute with their tails!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have fun!!

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AllieMakes! said... Best Blogger Tips

Those are too fun! I bet they love playing with them!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

thanks for checking them out! They do love them! :)

Lori @ Beneath the Rowan Tree said... Best Blogger Tips

oooh! You are killing me! I was looking for a nightie had one. And now these awesome tails!
They are really perfect for our Playdate link party, would you share?


Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Sure, Lori! And thanks for liking them. They're both fun projects!

Desiree @ The 36th Avenue said... Best Blogger Tips

SO ADORABLE! I'd love for you to share this at my link party. Way cute and fun!

Stacey said... Best Blogger Tips

My kids would flip over a set of tails like these. I've made a few dress up things for them but never tails. What a great idea! Cuddos for your creativity. I'm a new follower!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Sure, Desiree, I'd love to. Thanks to both you ladies!

Denise said... Best Blogger Tips

This is such a good idea. OMG it looks so cute on them! I found you on The 36th Avenue's Let's Party # 5 list. Creative people inspire me and this project is an example so I decided to follow you to see what else you will do. I hope you will follow me back I can be found in facebook too and twitter @DeniseLillaRose If you like/follow me there I will do the same for you. When you stop by my blog, please check out my kind of fashion (hair jewelry).

Tasha said... Best Blogger Tips

Every one loves a tail!
Thanks for sharing at Pinkalicious Thursday!

Antonella said... Best Blogger Tips

Now these are ADORABLE!!! Love the tails!!
I am glad that I followed your link from the 36th Avenue "Share your Awesomeness" Link Party, I too am linking up if you'd like to visit.
Hugs, antonella
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Rachel said... Best Blogger Tips

This is a really fun idea!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

aww, thank you ladies! They're so much fun for the kids to wear and play 'make believe'. Have fun with the tutorial!

Jill said... Best Blogger Tips

What a fun idea! So nice to have them hanging up like that so the kids can mix and match!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

thank you, Jill!

Desiree @ The 36th Avenue said... Best Blogger Tips

I just want you to know that I featured your cute project at my link party tonight...I hope to see you there tomorrow!

Nat said... Best Blogger Tips

Really cute! Good luck with crafting with the stars! :)

Meaghan said... Best Blogger Tips

I just wanted to let you know I made a few of these for my boys for Christmas. I love the result it was so easy to do! I couldn't find the name tags but I went the the local thrift store and bought a pair of children's suspenders. The clips on suspenders work just the same way! Thanks for the great inspiration.

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Meaghan Thanks so much for letting me know, Meaghan!! That's so great! I really hope your boys have a blast with them. Merry Christmas!