How to Sew a Simple Cat Costume Tail
In all honesty, I do not love Halloween. I try not to squash my children’s joy and imagination as they dream about characters costumes, but I dread executing their vision. Especially when I feel like the costumes have limited use. But thank goodness for 4 year olds! This year Nut-Nut wants to be a black cat! Hallelujah-I’m on board with that! I’ve got black pants, a black shirt, and a headband with black cate ears from the dollar store. All I need is to make a cat tail. Bless you child for being so easy to please! So here’s a tutorial for making a simple cat costume tail.
You’ll need some black fabric-felt, fleece, quilting cotton, or knit. I’m using black cotton lycra for my cat costume tail. The fabric needs to be at least 5 inches wide by however long you want your tail.
First fold the fabric right sides together. Cut 2.5 inches from the fold down the length of the fabric for as long as you need your tail.
Then, fold your fabric in half again. You now have 4 layers of fabric. Cut on short side in a curve. You can make the curve as shallow or a pointy as you want.
Open up one of the folds. Then sew all along the open edge and the curve. Taper the stitches gently off the fabric at the fold and back stitch and couple stitches right at the fold.
Now, I originally used my serger. However, I am not good at serging tight curves. And not matter how many times I seem to mess up the tight curve, I keep trying. But I ended up up cutting off the serging on the curve and using my regular machine to make a smoother curve.
Turn the tail half right side out with the curve poked out gently. Start stuffing the tail with poly-fill. The more poly-fill you put in, the stiffer the tail is. Turn the tail more right side out as you go along until the entire tail is right side out and filled with poly-fill.
*tip* 4 year old girls take great pleasure in stuffing their own cat costume tail. It’s a great way for them to feel involved in the project, perform and necessary step, and stay occupied for a long time if they stuff very small amounts of poly-fill at a time. Think of all the sewing you can get down while they are happily stuffing their own cat tail. It’s almost magical.
Lastly, fold the open end of the tail inside and sew shut. Now pin it to the back of black pants or a black shirt and you’ve got an cute little kitty!
If you’re making your own black pants to go with this cat costume tail, you can skip that last step. Instead, sandwich the raw edge of the cat costume tail in the back rise of the pants as you sew the right and left legs together. Just make sure you position the tail so it isn’t in the way of your waistband and won’t bug them when they sit down.
If you’re making your own black pants with a separate waistband to go with this cat costume tail, you can skip that last step. Instead, sandwich the raw edge of the cat costume tail between the waistband and the pants. Sew the waistband on and the tail is permanently attached. Head over to my post about the Oshawott Costume for a visual of a tail attached to pants in the waistband.