How to Make a Dog's Tail for Halloween Without Sewing

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How to Make a Dog's Tail for Halloween Without Sewing
Create your own tail for a puppy costume without sewing. (Ryan McVay/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Whether you are looking for a costume for a school play, your child's next Halloween costume or just to let your little one dress up for fun, making a puppy costume takes little time. Although most costume directions are no-sew, almost all require a little sewing to create the tail. You do not have to be intimidated if you do not have sewing skills. Making your own puppy tail for your costume requires little more than some cotton batting and a knee-high stocking.

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Things you need

  • Fabric dye
  • Knee-high stocking
  • Cotton batting
  • Safety pins

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  1. 1

    Dye a single knee-high stocking to match the colour of the puppy costume using fabric dye. Since directions vary based on the manufacturer, and depending if the dye is liquid or powder, follow the directions on the packaging to ensure best results. Rinse the dyed stocking until the water runs clear. Allow it to dry overnight.

  2. 2

    Stuff the inside of the knee-high stocking with cotton batting. Alternatively, use cotton balls. Start at the toe of the stocking and continue stuffing until you reach 2-inches from the top. For a thicker tail, stuff more batting. For a thinner tail, use less.

  3. 3

    Tie the open end of the stocking into a knot to seal it.

  4. 4

    Attach the tied end of the stocking to the back of the puppy costume using safety pins. Insert the pins through the knot to keep the stocking from ripping.

Tips and warnings

  • If you prefer, use a pair of pantyhose and cut it off right before the knee. Alternatively, use a pair of coloured tights that match the puppy costume and skip the fabric dyes.
  • If the puppy costume has spots, create spots for the tail, as well. Cut out spot shapes from pieces of felt. Use a hot glue gun to attach the spots to the tail.
  • Hot glue guns have the potential to cause serious burns. Never touch the glue or the metal tip of the gun until they have cooled completely.

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