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The Squirrel Tail Mystery Is Solved!


Squirrel Crochet Pattern by Squirrel Picnic

The choice is yours! Would you like your squirrel with a crochet tail or a faux fur one? Now the pattern includes instructions for both.

The biggest dilemma in Squirrel Picnic’s history has finally been solved! With my new and improved crochet squirrel pattern, we can dress our squirrel friends up in fancy costumes and clothing without their pesky tails getting in the way. Now we can all sleep at night.

You may remember that over the course of this past year, I’ve made a lot of updates to my squirrel pattern: I added the option to crochet the tail (as opposed to sewing a faux fur one). I even cut off my beloved mascots’ tails to fit them with football jerseys for the Super Bowl. Reattaching the tails with Velcro turned out to be a big mistake (poor squirrels!).

I think the most recent update provides the best solution yet — buttons! By adding two buttons to the back of the tail, you will be able to attach it to the squirrel by inserting the button into a stitch on the squirrel’s back or head. It’s important to note that the size of the button matters and may depend on how tightly you crochet your squirrel.

Crochet Squirrel Tail How To by Squirrel Picnic

Whether your squirrel has a crocheted or faux fur tail, by adding buttons to the back, it can be attached quickly and easily. And detached just as easily too!

If you are making a squirrel for the first time, I would recommend crocheting a gauge swatch first, and then test out a few buttons to see which size fits comfortably before purchasing them.

If you’ve already crocheted a squirrel but want to redo or make a new detachable tail, I suggest taking your squirrel friend along with you to the store and trying out a few buttons to find the best fit. I think Hodge and Podge enjoyed their trip to the fabric store to fit them with buttons for their tails.

The right size button will be the one that can be inserted securely (you may have to tug on the squirrel’s fabric a bit to get it in), but you shouldn’t have to get out the pliers or strain a muscle.

Now’s the fun part! It’s time for me to design some Halloween costumes for our squirrels, keeping this new tail option in mind. I already have a request to create the pattern for Hodge’s Batman costume from last year. I’ll include Podge’s Frida costume too. What other costumes would you like to see for our squirrel friends this year?

Happy Halloween


15 thoughts on “The Squirrel Tail Mystery Is Solved!

  1. ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

  2. OMG Frida! And is that an aviator jacket/helmet on your robot?? I cannot express how cute this is!

    • Thanks, Patricia! I’m so glad you like it. That is in fact an aviator costume. I wish I could say that I made it, but it came off of a teddy bear. MEAP doesn’t seem to mind borrowing it. 🙂

  3. Yippee!!! You found a way to use my button idea!!! NOW you may want to color co-ordinate the buttons so they aren’t as noticeable. And do please let people know the differences of using shank buttons vss flat ones. Your squirrels are DARLING!! And I love, love, love the idea of interchangeable outfits! What fun for a child!!

    • Thank you so much for your ideas and feedback! The button idea came highly recommended from several other crafters as well. What would I do without you all? Color coordinating the buttons is a great idea! I will definitely keep on the lookout for brown buttons for all my future squirrels. 🙂 I’m so glad you like my squirrels. I can’t wait to get started on their outfits.

  4. An elegant solution to the tail problem. Nice : ) As for this year’s Halloween costumes, however will you top last year’s?

  5. A most ingenious and well executed plan. I suggest a fairy costume for Deca Podge! The tiny Batman mask is squeeee!

  6. Adorable. 🙂

  7. Glad you managed on how to add the squirrel tails on. Button idea is great one!
    Halloween costumes? Uhmm…. I see Hodge and Podge as bumble bee and lady bug 😀