Friday, May 25, 2012

Squirrel's Tail Photo Tutorial

It's easy and fun to make the squirrel's tail.  All you need is one pipe stem cleaner which you can buy at any hobby store or Wal-Mart.  They come in all sorts of colors.  You'll want one that matches the color of your squirrel.

Now cut your yarn into a lot of 5 inch pieces.  You'll need about 40-50 of them.  You can make your squirrel's tail as thick or as thin as you like - it's up to you.  

Then just tie them, one at a time, along the pipe stem cleaner for about  7-8 inches.  The length is up to you. 

This is what it looks like when they are all tied on.

Now for the fun part!  :-)  Grab a dpn (or anything else with a pointed tip) and split each of the strands of yarn into separate pieces.

When all of them have been split it should look something like this:

Then, with the pieces of yarn pointing upwards, sew it to the back of the squirrel, beginning at his lower back, and extending up about 4 inches.   

Clip off excess pipe stem cleaner:

Fluff, smooth, and enjoy!


  1. So Cute - wonderful tutorial - thank you for sharing!

  2. Now this guy is just adorable and I really love this tutorial for the tail.

    Thank you again.

  3. Oh my gosh, this is the cutest thing EVER! How clever!

  4. Lovely idea thanks! It would have been even better to just include these instructions in the actual squirrel pattern, is there a print friendly version anywhere? Thanks :)

  5. Thank you for the free squirrel pattern, it is gorgeous! My Mum adores squirrels. I've got some mohair left, so I'm going to make a red squirrel for her. Thank you again!