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Fox Tail Pattern by NecoStudios Fox Tail Pattern by NecoStudios
Because I've seen a lot of questions pop up regarding tail patterns, especially for canine/vulpine, I thought it might be an idea to share mine...

This is the humble beginnings of this tail: [link]

And this is more or less the starting point of just about every tail I've made so far. Cat tails would be a fair bit thinner, and some like this tail ( [link] ) have had darts added to give it a curve as well as using a slightly more rounded tip, but they have all started from a very similar pattern.

Speaking of darts, those are the little black triangles you can see on the pattern. I photoshopped them in for the purpose of giving an example of how to make a slightly curved tail instead of a straight one. If you were to use a pattern like this one and sew the triangles together (IE: sew the black lines together) and it will make the tail curve. The more darts you add (and the wider they are at the base/edge) will give it a sharper curve. Less darts (and/or a thinner base/edge) will result in a softer curve.
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StorybookCreatures Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
THANK YOU!! My first art doll is suffering from spear-tail. lol I cut the pelt in a long triangle shape so the tip is SUPER POINTY. Supposed to be round(its a cat)... My next dolls will have fluffy tails~
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NecoStudios Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015
Sounds awesome!  Glad to be of some help.  :)
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animelover140 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
Question (actually a few): I know the length is 30 inched, so the width of that, when sewn together is 13 inches? If so how long is the width before sewing and how far apart are the darts from one another? Also how much of the 30 inches is the tip? Also why cut it out like that rather than doing two halves of the tail and tip then sewing them together, because that's what I see in most other tutorials? Sorry for asking so many question, this is my first time making a tail and I want everything to be right.
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NecoStudios Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
I'm afraid I don't recall exact details for lengths and widths on this tail, as I do each tail completely from scratch and don't tend to use set patterns (I sketch the pattern onto the fabric at the time), but if it's 30 inches long then the width across before sewing would have been somewhere around 13-20 inches, depending on how thick of a tail is wanted.  This is flexible as some people like thicker tails than others, and end thickness can change depending on how thick a pile of fur you use to make it.  If the fur is extra fluffy you'll want a slightly smaller internal width to compensate (unless you want a massive, fluffy "butt pillow" as a friend of mine once referred to super fluffy tails), or if the fur is shorter you might want an extra inch or so on the width.  I'm not sure what you mean by "the width before sewing" though... all widths I include tend to be the width before sewing as that's the best time to get the most exact numbers.  After it's sewn the fur pile can add length or fluffiness and make it seem a different size.

The darts in this example are about 2 or 3 inches apart, but you can add as many or as few as you need to get the curve you're aiming for, and you can space them out as much as needed as well.  For this tail the tip was probably 6-8 inches of the full length (this was done about 5 years ago, so my memory for the exact numbers on this is a bit... lacking).  But this is another thing where it is incredibly flexible and you can have as much or as little of a tip as you desire.

Why did I do the pattern like this, instead of as two halves?  Because I find it easier and it has the extra bonus of being one less seam to potentially pop if the tail gets any abuse and one less seam to have to perfectly pick fluff from to hide it.  Especially for uncurved tails, I prefer to use as few pieces as possible to retain maximum durability.  However I do use the two halves method on some of my other tail types, like husky tails, as it suits my method better.

If you are nervous about getting things wrong, and don't want to waste your fur fabric (as it can be rather expensive) trial your pattern using another (cheap!) fabric.  Get the cheapest you can find (usually some sort of cotton fabric used for quilts is the cheapest) or even something like an old sheet that will never be used again and test your pattern using that.  Cut each piece out, sew them together, and stuff it with something like newspaper or old t-shirts and see what you think of the look (make sure to remember that fur adds bulk to any pattern!).  If you like the look and are ready to move on to making the tail with fur you can even seam rip the "test tail" and use that as your pattern.

Hope this helps.  Lemme know if you have any other questions.  :)
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animelover140 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
This helps me a lot, thank you so much :)
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FlamestormTheDragon Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
how would the pattern look if you say were sewing it onto pants (making a Halloween costume)
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NecoStudios Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
You mean sewing the tail base onto the back of your pants or something else?  (Sorry if this is way late since I know today is Halloween!)
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FlamestormTheDragon Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
lol it's fine, I already finished the costume (my dad was able to hand make a template)
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Gummy-Warlord Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm wondering: "Why use darts when you can just make an originally curved tail pattern?"

Are darts more efficient or do they add some sort of added volume or something?
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NecoStudios Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Because it better preserves the natural grain of the fur to produce a more realistic look to items, especially tails, but anything that has any kind of curve to it such as some of the seams you might get on fursuit heads. Both faux fur and real fur have a set direction it will run in, known as the grain, and even long fur will follow this set direction. As a result, darts can preserve the appearance of the grain of a tail without needing extra panels of fur to be sewn together.

Without darts, to achieve the same look, I would have had to do the fox tail pictured in 2-3 times the number of pattern pieces. To give an example, when I make my curved husky tails (two colors) I use four panels, which gives a slight curve, which are sewn together and then darts are added to make the curve tighter. If I didn't use darts the same tail would take upwards to ten panels to get the same look. And more panels mean more seams which can also mean more weak points to potentially have a seam pop on.

End of the day though, you could use an originally curved tail pattern. I just prefer not to unless I have no other options to get the look I want.
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Gummy-Warlord Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks so much for the reply! It served as a very good explanation and, quite honestly I didn't know like a quarter of the stuff you said before-hand.... XD

Currently I'm working on my first tail (whoop to finding 3.5in furs for a fantastic floofiness!) and that makes you reply doubly helpful. :3

Thank you!
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AngelPookie95 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Hiya.

I'm trying to make a wolf tail for my friend.

But i'm having issues finding a good pattern/measurements to make it.

Can you help me please? D: this is my first time making a tail..i make ears...
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NecoStudios Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Well, the pattern I used for this fox tail is almost identical to what I use for my wolf tails. I just make them a bit thicker normally and round out the tip a little more. The fox tail above is two colored but the shape is still the same as what I use for a solid colored tail as well.

As for the measurements, it's all down to your personal preference and how long and thick you want the tail to be.
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ICEKAT001 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Very cool. I'll be using this kinda idea for my 10 different tails.
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XxRavenwishxX Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How long and how wide was this particular tail. I am attempting to make a tail similar to this only a bit smaller, however knowing the approximate dimensions would be useful. Thank you :)
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NecoStudios Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
I've mentioned the sizes in some of the above posts. The tail this pattern specifically was used for came out to be 30 inches from base to tip and 13 inches circumference (internally, with the fluff you get a greater circumference obviously). To get an idea of size, this is the end product - [link]

However this type of pattern can be used for pretty much any type of tail with just a few, minor, alterations to the dimensions used. Below are links to several of the tails I've made, using a pattern in this sort of shape, with tweaks to suit the type of tail I was making.

[link] - The smallest I've ever done with this sort of pattern. I did not round the base off for this tail, but the tip is pointed, and it came out to about seven inches long with a ten inch circumference.

[link] - This tail has both a rounded base and tip and came out to about ten inches long and about seven in circumference.

[link] - Another example of a fox tail; this one with a less pronounced tip, as well as being almost a full foot shorter than the red one I made with the above pattern swatch as well as being a few inches thinner on the thickness.

[link] - A feline tail made using the same pattern style. This tail was roughly 30 inches long but only six inches in circumference with an extra stripe of color added for variety.

[link] - Another feline tail, this one proof of how versatile the positioning of darts can be if used. Though the picture doesn't show it well because of the tail's position, there area few small darts where the gold meets the black so the very tip curls outward a bit.

[link] - Lastly, both these feline tails were also done using a similar pattern, but due to commissioner request, I ended up sewing in dozens of spots for one and all the stripes in the other. These really show how versatile this simple pattern can be in creating dozens of different looks.

And on a final note, if you can find and link me to a picture (either in my gallery, or someone elses) of a tail that is the approzimate size of what you want for yours, I can help in suggesting at last approximate measurements of the tail. I tend to keep reasonably detailed notes on all the tails I've made so the chance is quite high that I'll be able to tell you near exact (within half an inch) measurements for any of the tails I've made in the past. :)
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ThatFoxOverThere Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
I am really tempted to make this, although I have no knowledge of sewing. Some of my family has basic sewing knowledge and i'm wondering, is this easy to sew? Also, what do you add to attach it to pants? I.E. the back belt loop?
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NecoStudios Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
Oh and I don't know if you can really see it or not (I can see it because I know it's there) but there are tiny little cuts made at the exact center of each round of the base of the tail. Those are there, ready and waiting, for the belt loops. This tail when it was completed used the same sort of cord for it's belt loops as what I mentioned above.
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NecoStudios Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
Sewing by hand isn't half as complex as it might appear. I use a very basic stitch when I hand sew anything called a backstitch (Tutorial - [link] and Video - [link] ). It's a simple, but strong, straight stitch that is quite versatile as well.

Sewing by machine, if you have access to one, is fairly simple and straight forward as well. You'll want to pin or bast (lightly sew) the edges together to keep the material in place and then just blitz it through the machine. If using faux fur you may need to tweak some of the sewing machine's settings in order for it to happily sew faux fur because it is quite thick material. And whenever you sew anything by machine ALWAYS experiment on a test swatch of the material you are using to make sure the thread tension is correct and such.

This pattern, if you don't add the darts, is incredibly easy to sew, as there is only one seam if single colored, or two seams if tipped like the example is. Straight seams are much easier to sew than trying to sew shapes or corners (the two most difficult projects I've taken on so far have involved hundreds of hand sewn spots and another with hand sewn in tiger stripes).

As for belt loops, I've done four different types to date, and all have be simply sewn into the center-most point of the tail's base. I started with cord [link] and then moved on to using elastic [link] and have recently tried all fur/hidden belt loops (made of a piece of matching fur folded over to form the loop) [link] though the most interesting was not a loop, per se, but a belt and clip combination for removable kitsune tails [link] where I use elastic to attach the clips to the tails and then made the belt of more secure nylon webbing. So take your pick! :)
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HomebrewFox Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, this really helps ^_^
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NecoStudios Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
Awesome to hear. Glad it's still finding some use out there. :)
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tigerash88 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Just curious, what was the length (from base to tip) and width of the tail before you sewed it together?
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NecoStudios Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
30 inches from base to tip and 13 inches circumference (internally, with the fluff you get a greater circumference obviously). I generally leave 1/4 to 1/2 an inch for seam allowance for hand sewn projects which this one was. If I put it through my sewing machine I'll up the seam allowance to 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch. I do a wider seam allowance for thicker for because it seems to be easier for me to control through the machine for some reason.
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tigerash88 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
Thanks!! :D this helps a lot!!
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NecoStudios Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
No problem. :)
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kiss-the-nerd Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Student Photographer
This will help me on how to make it more round and not boxy thanks
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NecoStudios Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
Glad to have helped. :)
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kiss-the-nerd Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Student Photographer
I will post a link of what it looks like after but do you know how to do the links were its not the url?
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NecoStudios Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
Awesome!

You mean the links that just say [link]? If it's that, it does it naturally with all urls as far as I've seen. If it's something else though, no clue.
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kiss-the-nerd Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Student Photographer
here :]
[link]
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NecoStudios Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Commented on your tail, but I'll say it again here, it looks really good. ^_^ You may have even improved on my pattern a little, by the looks of it! xD
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kiss-the-nerd Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Student Photographer
well I only used one dart on top on one side and one dart on the bottom on the other side, to make it look like a fox
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NecoStudios Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
Definitely looks good. ^_^

btw, only just saw/read your siggy quote. Love it! :D
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SqueekyMoonkin Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Hey girlie, had no idea you had this in your gallery. I am just starting to use darts in my tails, currently just for the tips. Out of curiosity, would the arts be that far spaced for a fox tail? or did you just have them that far spaced to give example of what a dart looks like?
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NecoStudios Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
The spacing on the darts entirely depends on how much of a curve you want. The darts illustrated on this are about how I placed them for this tail - [link] - so farther apart and fewer darts will equal a more gentle curve. More darts, closer together, will generally lead to a more sharp curve. But that is something I've played about with a lot and tweak a little evry time I do it. That's the downside to me never working from a set pattern. Even if it's a tail type I've done repeatedly, I pretty much end up doing a new pattern every time. I just draw it out on the back of the fur and go from there. Darts are the last thing I do for curled tails and are almost never specifically planned out at the beginning. The only tails I've even made a pattern for have been the husky type tails. But even those have all been tweaked from the original pattern.

So it really was just all touch and go with some loose guidelines.
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werepire51 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Off topic sort of, but would fleece still make a good tail? It's super soft .3.
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NecoStudios Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
That totally depends on the type of tail you're making (feline, canine, etc), what look you're going for (fluffy or smooth), and completely your personal preference.

Species that are more characterised by their fluffy tails (foxes, wolves, skunks, etc) wouldn't be done much justice if a tail was done in fleece. But on the other hand, I have seen most of the above done in fleece before in varying manners (wolves and foxes specifically).

Cat tails, or more standardly 'short furred' animal tails would likely be ok done in fleece without looking too odd.

The only real downside to fleece (and some super short faux furs as well) is that the seams are more obvious, as longer fur hides many things in it's fluffiness.

But at the end of the day, if you are happy with using fleece, it's totally your call.
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werepire51 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The reason I asked was because I made a little curving tail with black fleece from Wal-Mart (I am such a newbie) and it actually turned out pretty well. I was going to post it when I had the chance.

The only problem is that the curves in it are making huge wrinkles... But anyway it looks good as a whole......I guess.....?

Another stupid thing I did was use hot glue for it. I don't have a sewing machine and I wanted to experiment a little.

It still took a while...but it's super soft and plushy~!
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NecoStudios Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
You mean this tail? [link]

That did actually turn out quite good, apart from the points you mentioned. If you had used a long-ish fur rather than fleese those wrinkles would have been more or less hidden. And hot glue is never a very good option for plushie furry things. If you don't have a sewing machine, just pick up a pack of needles and some thread. They tend to be cheap enough (for less than $5 you could probably get a pack of needles and anything from 2-5 spools of thread). And the most basic (and well used) stitches are actually surprisingly simple.

As I said originally though, if you like the tail, that's all that matters. :)
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RainOnMyRoses Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
what kind of fabric did you use for this one ? but love the simplicity of it . . .
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NecoStudios Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
Thanks! I used faux fur. If you click the first link mentioned in the comment, you can see what the tail looked like when it was finished. :)
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InuAkiko Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this! I'm a bit of a novice, so it's good that someone's got a simple pattern up.
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NecoStudios Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
Glad to have helped. I know that simple straight forward patterns can be really hard to come by sometimes. I might have to see if I can do some pictures of some of my other patterns at some point. ^_^
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InuAkiko Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That's really great of you, really. A lot of people are like NO THIS IS MINE YOU CANT SEE MY TECHNIQUE...but in all honesty people put their own personality and craftsmanship into something, so there's no need to be that way.
It would be great to see more patterns from you, and I'll be sure to show you what I make using them ^^
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NecoStudios Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009
Yeah, I've found that too. I couldn't even get a friend of mine to share with me the secret to ears that can move along a headband... because she is one of the rare few that do it and thus it's a good selling point for her.

The way I see it is a lot like you. Patterns are only the basics. The person making it has the chance to make it their own simply with the use of their own craftsmanship.

And feel free to share. I have fun seeing what other people create. ^_^
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InuAkiko Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, I see. Well some little things I can kind of understand, but the general concepts should indeed be shared for the rest of us.

Now hopefully I can get off my butt and give this a shot XD
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NecoStudios Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009
Somethings I can understand as well. But others it's just really annoying. =/

Hehe, best of luck with your efforts. ^_^
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