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Welcome to the creative space! This is where you can find
out how I create the projects that I enjoy and share tips on how you can make
them too! Making things has been a passion of mine for most of my life, so this
section of my site is dedicated to lots of tips, hints, as well as many examples
on how I make my cute costumes and projects!
One thing to keep in mind while creating your own
projects is to be as resourceful as possible! While I may have used one
particular item, product, or technique in creating a costume or item -- if
you find something similar for less cost, or found a different way -- share
that information with others! You may find something better, or a different
technique, and it will only develop innovation. I highly encourage you to
share your ideas and experiences with others because it fosters further
knowledge and innovation.
Are you interested in or looking for a community to
share your progress and stay inspired? I operate a dedicated-topic chat
The WIP Zone on a service called
Telegram. The WIP Zone is a wonderful inspiring place with a dedicated theme of
sharing WIPs and staying inspired. All kinds of safe for work artwork,
fursuit, sewn, crafted or other projects are welcome to be shared there.
Costuming, cosplay, dressing up, fursuiting, whatever you consider it to
be. I think its really cute innocent fun, and I love maskmaking and creating
costume items. It has been my hobby for well over 15 years now and I really
enjoy seeing what others create too!
The process surrounding creating
things such as fursuits is called prototyping, it is a perfectly
natural part of the learning curve to learn to make new items by making
rough versions and refining them as you gain skill and learn new techniques.
Practice new techniques on scraps before applying to your final project, and
most importantly don't stop trying!! Even if something doesn't work out as
you expect, it is still a learning experience! It is for sure more fun to have a
costume than it is to not have a costume, so have fun with what you make!
I have collected lists of many useful things that relate to fursuit and costume building, crafting, including supplies! I sincerely hope these resources help you in your craft endeavors!
In the resources links you will find in this section include faux fur suppliers, foam
suppliers, and links to other tutorials and guides by other artists.
The process of making a pattern with tape and
applying fur to a foam shape. See also: "How to Pattern Objects with
Tape" below in the detailing & finishing category.
All About Fursuit Heads
Information about foam vs balaclava based
fursuit heads and the planning process that goes into it.
Making a Neck
A technique to make the neck cowl to bridge
the gap between your head and shoulders.
Making Toony Eyes
Tutorial on creating and installing flat
plastic cartoon eyes by being resourceful
Fursuit BeaksFinishing tips for
creating a beak for critters that need one!
Making a Fursuit Body
Learn to make a body by starting with a
store-bought pattern, edit and fit the "test fabric" custom to yourself,
as well as planning and installing a zipper.
Fursuit Body Padding Tutorial Are
digitigrade, unguligrade, or padded plantigrade body features planned in
your costume? Learn how to make a custom shaped padded body in this
Making a Tail
A great place to get started, plan and execute
a tail with some careful observation and this guide.
Ending a Zipper
Zippers can be used all over the place in your
projects, learn how to make the end neat & tidy with a bit of matching
fabric and no glue.
How to Build Footpaws
Utilizing a shoe as a base, this guides you
through turning shoes into a cute set of footpaws.
Retractable Fursuit Claw Design
A clever way to create claws that retract
like a cat's paw, pushing them out with the wearer's fingers and using
elastic to pull them back in.
How to Make Sewn Claws Video tutorial
on creating sewn claws, but also useful for sewing teeth and spikes,
Paw Sandal Tutorial
Protect the bottoms of your detailed paw
pads with a fun accessory that looks like scaled-up sandals.
Tips for Lining Handpaws
Treating a liner layer as one with the rest of the
pattern when you assemble your handpaws can make a great luxury touch.
Detailing and Finishing
How to Shave Faux Fur
A video tutorial demonstrated on a small
plush, showing how to shave faux fur on an already shaped piece.
Lycra and Interfacing
A premium combination to prepare lycra for use
on areas you want the shine of lycra but need it to be easier to sew.
How to Pattern Objects With Tape
Video tutorial for how to make a pattern out
of a full-size model using tape and paper. Useful for making dynamic
pattern shapes for anything, costumes, plush, etc.
How Much Fur Do I Need?
The #1 question I get, the steps involved with
making your pattern and measuring it to know how much to buy.
If pinning is cumbersome, try basting. Large
stitches utilized in a similar way as pinning.
You created or purchased an amazing costume, how do you keep it nice?
Here is some information on that very topic! Testing gives us confidence, so
I encourage everyone to use scraps of fur test these maintenance methods so
you can see the results and compare for yourself! Check out my
#fursuit-maintenance tag on tumblr.
There is a lot of hearsay when it comes to maintaining fursuits, you can
find out what works and what doesn't by using scientific
method-style experiments to see results for yourself! Cut up a few
swatches of scrap fur and save one piece aside as a "control" and test the
remaining pieces to your heart's content! What results do you get? Is it
what you expected? Share your results!
Visual guide on making a small patch and
sewing it in place to repair a hole in faux fur.
Fluffing Compacted Stuffing
Make the stuffing in flat tails and plushies
soft and fluffy again with this technique, visual &
)Got a little spot on
your costume that needs cleaned up? Check out this tutorial in english
Fursuits aren't the only thing I am a fan of creating, some guides on
making some other goodies to enhance your furry experience!
Props For Your Character
What makes a good prop, exploring prop themes,
clothing as a prop, and other aspects of prop creation and use.
Make Your Own Ears
A pattern and tutorial for making your own
ears with just faux fur and a few extra notions.
Paper Fox Army
A step-by-step illustrated guide to fold your
own origami foxes.
Simple Custom Carrying Case Tutorial
Demonstrates making a case for a head, but
is also suitable for any object (such as footpaws, props, etc.) that you
want to cover for travel or protection.
How to Sew Thumb Hole Cuffs Create
comfortable and cozy cuffs with a thumbhole to add to your kigurumi
project, favorite sweatshirt, or other wearable items!
Fursuit Bandanna Tutorial
Here is how I construct fursuit bandannas! This is
an especially great way to practice using a sewing machine if you are new at
I love recipes and have decided to share some of my own! Some are edible,
some are just useful things! Enjoy! Check out my
#recipe tag on
An iced mocha made with 2 kinds of chocolate.
Fursuit Spray Recipe
Want your character to have its own signature
fragrance? Make a simple spray with disinfecting qualities.
These are articles about fursuit-related topics without them specifically
being a tutorial. My goal is to be informative or thought-provoking in the
process. I hope these, and future articles, serve to be both good
information to help folks think about the how's and why's of fursuit topics,
but also offer a helpful or informative detail about the topic at hand (ok,
ok, some how-to stuff might still be included). Check out my
#articles tag on
Timing and PricingTiming yourself is
one of the most important steps you can take to figuring out how to
price creative works.
Subtlties in Markings
What can certain subtleties do to make a
character “read” or “feel” a certain way such as masculine, feminine, or
neutral? How to push that in your designs.
Marketing Yourself In The Furry Fandom
A thoughtful article discussing details on
characters that may only ever be present on the fursuit version of it,
not in the art, certainly not on an animal it is based on… Have you
wondered why its like that?
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