New Eeyore Tail

The Old One is History

The Spiffy New Eeyore Tail

September 2005

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Explanation

The Sad Old Eeyore Tail

Back in December of 1989, I made an Eeyore tail to wear to the TinyMUD party at EveCon 7. (It's pictured at right.) This tail was hastily crafted from scrap material I had around. The shell of the tail is one leg from an old pair of washed-out black jeans. The tail hairs are fabric from a torn-up pair of black gym shorts. The original bow was made pieces of a mauve Izod polo shirt, though the bow has been replaced two or three times sine then. It's stuffed with and old pair of thermal underwear. The whole thing was sewn by hand, and I'm amazed that it's lasted all of these years. I've worn it to conventions ever since. It is a great tail, and it swings back and forth very nicely when I walk, but it's getting a bit old and tired. I decided to replace it before it totally gave up the ghost.

I've learned quite a bit about sewing since then, and I made a smaller Eeyore tail for my Eeyore Lab Coat project. So, I decided to scale up that design a little bit, and make it so that it could be mounted on a belt instead of having to button to another garment.

In restrospect I've realized that I would have been better off making the tail a stand-alone item with a real button hole, and putting the button on a separate piece. This would have enabled me to construct several different mounts for various pieces of clothing, instead of being lockde into a belt-mount as I am now.

Materials

This tail is made from scratch with all new materials. No repurposed garment scrap here!

The Process

  1. Cut a rectangle of fabric 5.5" wide and about 28" long, and an identically sized piece of batting.
  2. Make two belt loops.
    1. Cut a strip of fabric 2" wide and 7" or 8" long.
    2. Fold the strip in half lengthwise and press.
    3. Fold the outer edges into the fold and press.
    4. Stitch close to both edges of the strip.
    5. Cut the strip in half, making two 3.5" to 6" pieces.
  3. Turn the ends of the loops under and sew them to the large rectangle of fabric, about 0.75 inches in from the edges, and about 1" down from the top. Make them look like the belt loops on a pair of pants.
  4. Use a black marker to make a line about two inches long in the center front of the tail, about 1.5" down from the top edge.
  5. Sew a 2 inch long button hole starting just above the end of the black line and ending just below it.
  6. Fold the rectangle in half along the long axis, with the belt loops on the inside.
  7. Fold the batting in half along the long axis, over the rectangle.
  8. Sew or serge the long edge.
  9. Sew or serge the top edge, near the belt loops.
  10. Turn the tail rightside out.
  11. Tuck the raw edge at the bottom of the tail up into the tail.
  12. Flatten the tail so that the seam is in the middle of one side and press.
  13. Edge stitch the long sides and top of the tail.
  14. Make the tail tuft.
    1. Wrap yarn around a 7" long piece of cardboard until the bundle is about 2.5" wide.
    2. Slide bundle off edge of card, keeping mostly flat.
  15. Insert 1 inch of the tail tuft into the open end of the tail.
  16. Sew the bottom end shut, which also sews the tuft yarn into place.
  17. Cut open the bottom loops of the tail tuft.
  18. Make the bow. This is really a long folded strip of fabric, inserted through a short loop of fabric.
  19. Attach the bow to the front of he tail, just above the tuft.
  20. Sew the button to the front of the tail, about a half inch down the "buttonhole".
Detail image of tail top Detail image of tail bottom


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