Halloween Costume Animal Tails - Pig, Lion, Cow & Bird

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    Lion or Cow Tail

    Lion's tail
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    You will need a tube of fabric. The length of the tube will depend upon the size of the person who will be wearing the tail. To make a tube, cut a strip of fabric approximately 2 1/2" wide, fold the length of the strip with the wrong sides of the fabric together. Insert pieces of yarn at the narrow end. Using 1/4" seams, sew the end seam, sewing the yarn into the seam. Push all of the yarn towards the folded edge and sew the long edge of the tube. Turn right side out.(A little tip: If...MORE your fabric tends to fray, resew the seams a few times and use small stitches and apply a seam finish.)

    If you want a tail that holds a curve or bend, use pipe cleaners as described in the pig tail. Stuff the tube with polyester or cotton stuffing. Hand tack more pieces of yarn on to the end of the tail if you want more "fluff".

    Turn in the unfinished edge of the fabric and attach to your costume by machine sewing or hand sewing.

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    A Curly Pig Tail

    A pig's tail
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    You will need a narrow tube of fabric. The length of the tube will depend upon the size of the person who will be wearing the tail. To make a tube, cut a strip of fabric approximately 1" wide, fold the length of the strip with the wrong sides of the fabric together.Using 1/4" seams, sew one end and along the length of the strip. Turn right side out.(Tip: If your fabric tends to fray, resew the seams a few times and use small stitches. Turning a small tube with one end closed can be...MORE achieved by using a semi-sharpened dowel to push the stitched end through the tube.)

    Join pipe cleaners to make them the length of your fabric tube, by over lapping them and twisting them together. Turn the ends over and clamp them tightly to them self to prevent the wire ends from poking anyone. Insert the pipe cleaners ‚Äčinto the tube. Wrap the tube around a pencil or dowel, to create a spring.

    Turn in the unfinished edge of the fabric and attach to your costume.

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    Bird Feather Costume Tail

    Chicken costume
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    Make a narrow tube of fabric as described in the pig tail directions. After you have turned it right side out, sew various length feathers along one edge.

    Roll the tube up, keeping the fabric coiled against and tack through all layers. Sew on to the costume, by hand sewing, catching as many areas as possible, especially the edges of the circle.