Embellish a little girl's lion tail with a ribbon bow.

How to Make a Lion's Tail for a Child

by Rosenya Faith

If your youngster prances around like the king of the jungle, a lion's tail accessory is definitely a must! Whether you're getting your child ready for his next round of trick-or-treating or making him a tail to help him on his imaginative adventures, an inexpensive lion's tail project will certainly bring a smile to your brave little lion's face. The best part about this costume accessory is it will grow with your child to last through years of dress-up play.

Cut a strip of fabric to make a waistband for the lion's tail. Felt or fleece work well, but other thick fabrics will do the job, too. Make the strip 1 inch wide by 6 inches longer than your child's waist circumference.

Cut a 1-inch square and a 6-inch long piece of hook and loop fastener. Sew one piece to each end of the waistband. Now, you can fasten the waistband and it will fit your youngster through a few growth spurts.

Cut another strip of fabric. Make this one about 18 inches long by 2 1/2 inches wide. The tail should reach about mid-calf on your child, so make adjustments to the length accordingly.

Fold the strip of fabric in half lengthwise and sew a straight stitch -- one stitch in front of the other -- down the long edge. Sew about 1/2-inch away from the edge of the fabric. If you're new to sewing, that's called the seam allowance.

Cut 10 pieces of yarn and make each piece about 7 inches long. Gather the yarn into a bunch and fold the bunch in half. Lay the folded bunch on one short end of the fabric, with the ends of the yarn facing toward the other end. When you flip the tube right side out, the ends of the yarn will dangle at the end of the tail.

Sew a straight stitch along the short end with the yarn, and leave a 1/2-inch seam allowance.

Flip the fabric tube right side out. To make this easy, use a knitting needle; just push the needle against the short, stitched edge of the fabric tube.

Pin the short, open end of the tail against the center of the waistband and sew a straight stitch to attach the tail. Voila -- your kiddo's new costume accessory is complete!

Items you will need

  • Fabric (fleece or felt preferred)
  • Hook and loop fastener
  • Sewing machine (or a sewing needle and thread)
  • Yarn
  • Knitting needle (optional)


  • If you don’t have hook and loop fastener lying around the house, you can replace the waistband with a length of ribbon and tie it in a bow, or use a piece of elastic and sew the ends together.
  • If you’d like to make the tail as realistic as possible, replace the yarn at the end of the tail with a thin tuft of faux fur.


  • Nifty, Thrifty, No-Sew Costumes and Props for Children; Carol Ann Bloom

About the Author

Rosenya Faith has been working with children since the age of 16 as a swimming instructor and dance instructor. For more than 14 years she has worked as a recreation and skill development leader, an early childhood educator and a teaching assistant, working in elementary schools and with special needs children between 4 and 11 years of age.

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