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How to make a costume tail (dinosaur, tiger, dragon, etc)

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My little bug wanted to be a Triceratops for Halloween. I just finished her costume and I am so happy with how the tail came out. You could these instructions to make a tail for just about any animal costume!



M's costume is made out of fleece. Felt would also be easy to use. You could use any type of fabric, but you'd have to hem the open end of the tail.

First, cut out a tail shape on the fold of the fabric. Here's the shape of mine. Sew on any polka dots, stripes etc, then fold it right sides together and sew the bottom seam.


Turn right side out, and stuff with poly fill. If you're using woven fabric, hem the open edge.

To hold the tail on, I made a wide belt. Use any woven (not stretchy) material. I bought 1/8 yard of matching broadcloth. For a child bigger than 3, you will need twice as much - two 1/8 yard lengths. The width of the fabric I bought was just right to wrap around M twice.

I ironed heavy interfacing onto the entire length of the fabric. Then I folded it lengthwise right sides together (interfacing out) and stitched along the top and bottom. Then I turned it right side out through the open end.

To attach the tail, top stitch it to the center of the belt. Mine didn't turn out in a circle at all, but it looks great when she's wearing it.



Finish the belt with some Velcro. I used a long strip of the scratchy side and two short strips of the soft side. I folded the open end of the belt under while attached the long strip, so I closed the end at the same time.

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How adorable!
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