how to make a cheshire cat tail

Creating a Cheshire Cat tail, inspired by the mischievous character from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” can be a fun and whimsical project for a costume or cosplay. Here’s how to make a Cheshire Cat tail:

Materials You’ll Need:

  1. Faux Fur Fabric: Choose a faux fur fabric in a pink and purple striped pattern, as that’s the classic look of the Cheshire Cat’s tail. You’ll need a piece that’s at least 1 yard long and wide enough for your desired tail thickness.
  2. Polyester Fiberfill: To stuff the tail and give it a fluffy appearance.
  3. Strong Thread: For sewing.
  4. Needle: A sewing needle suitable for sewing faux fur.
  5. Fabric Scissors: For cutting the faux fur fabric.
  6. Safety Pins: To hold the fabric together while sewing.
  7. Hook-and-Loop Fastener (Velcro): For attaching the tail to your clothing.


  1. Design the Tail:
    • Decide on the length and thickness you want for your Cheshire Cat tail. The tail typically has a slender and curvy shape.
  2. Cut the Faux Fur:
    • Lay out the faux fur fabric with the striped pattern facing down. Use a pen or chalk to trace the shape of your tail onto the back of the fabric. Remember to include a wider base for attaching the tail to your clothing.
    • Cut out the tail shape along the traced lines, leaving some extra fabric for seam allowance.
  3. Sew the Tail:
    • Fold the fabric in half lengthwise, with the striped pattern facing in. Pin the two sides together with safety pins to keep them aligned.
    • Thread your needle with strong thread, and begin sewing the two sides together along the curved edge. Use a whipstitch or a running stitch to close the seam. Leave the base open.
  4. Turn the Tail Right Side Out:
    • Gently turn the sewn tail right side out. Be careful not to pull too hard on the faux fur, as it can shed.
  5. Stuff the Tail:
    • Fill the tail with polyester fiberfill to give it a plush and fluffy appearance. You can adjust the amount of stuffing to achieve your desired thickness.
  6. Close the Base:
    • Fold in the raw edges at the base of the tail and sew them closed securely. This will create a clean and finished look.
  7. Attach Hook-and-Loop Fastener:
    • Sew one side of a hook-and-loop fastener (Velcro) to the inside of the base of the tail. Attach the other side of the fastener to the clothing you’ll be wearing with your Cheshire Cat costume. This will allow you to easily attach and detach the tail.
  8. Style the Tail:
    • Shape the tail to your liking by gently bending and curving it. The Cheshire Cat’s tail often has a whimsical, curling appearance.
  9. Wear Your Cheshire Cat Tail:
    • Attach the tail to your costume, and you’re ready to channel the mischievous spirit of the Cheshire Cat!

With your Cheshire Cat tail complete, you’ll be all set to add a playful and enchanting touch to your costume or cosplay ensemble.

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