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.
I have a lot of content
available on my tutorial site! Make good use of it by utilizing the "Search" tool and discover new guides
or info that you maybe haven't noticed before! This search also includes
content that I may have reblogged from other artists, too! Enjoy!
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.
Premium Guides and Patterns
A handful of tutorials that have been made available for sale in a printable format.
Including highly specific and detailed information or patterns that you can
Shaped 5-digit Handpaw Pattern & Tutorial
This shaped and detailed handpaw design is
fantastically fun to wear. Just the right blend of dexterity and shaped
animalistic fingers.The pattern offers two types of finger digits; slim
and puffy, with three sizes of claws to use and includes a 40-page ebook
with over 90 pictures to teach you how to make them!
All About Fursuit Noses
An in-depth tutorial on all kinds of fursuit noses. This guide includes 26 pages of detailed information on sewing noses, sculpting them, covering them in fabric, and also a few tips for installing purchased noses by other artists.
With six nose patterns - 3 for sewing, 2 for foam carving, and 1 for
Sewn Teeth for Fursuits
This tutorial goes into a step by step detail on how to create and install sewn teeth, with a few alternate ways to install them as well! The printable sewing pattern features 3 shapes of fangs and 2 sets of lower incisors with fangs as well as details on how to draft your very own tooth patterns.
Prehensile Tail Technique
This teaches you how to create the inner
assembly that will give a tail the ability to be puppeted with a cord.
This technique gives lots of fun, lively movement to tails. Its a great feature to add, even on critters that don't normally have prehensile anatomy
since it can make a tail that wags or curls around stuff.
Tailoring a Hoodie with Ear Pockets
Learn the steps on how to tailor an existing hoodie to have ear pockets fitted to your fursuit! This tutorial focuses on how to edit an existing garment to feature those ear pockets instead of making one from scratch. Good for beginners to tailoring!
Deluxe Paw Sandal Tutorial
This tutorial is here to guide you through building a pair of fursuit sandals that will be
made to fit a set of existing fursuit footpaws. It will help teach you how to make sandals that not only look good, but are made to be durable to protect your indoor feet on your outdoor
Prototyping With A Scale Model
This guide shows you the process of making a small maquette to prototype a sewing pattern from. This tutorial demonstrates footpaws, but it can literally be anything you dream up! Imagine plush figures, handpaws, tails, bodies, etc.
Technique for Faux Fur
Level up your
zipper techniques and create beautifully finished and
well-hidden zippers in faux fur! Utilize large-toothed zippers
that can be hidden completely in the fur with a durable flap
that helps keep the fur out of the zipper track.
Free-form Patterning a Fursuit Head
Learn how to make your own repeatable pattern to build foam fursuit heads! The end goal of this technique is to achieve a simple, hollow, fursuit-style head base that can be easily lined. Useful or unique shapes can be saved and repeated for the future.
Getting a Close Shave Learn how to shave faux fur like a pro, written for beginner and advanced crafters alike! While some shaving can be avoided by purchasing fur in the length needed, that’s not always possible! This guide also features info on what tools to use and breaks down the shaving process into various steps that line up with the fursuit costume construction process.
Plantigrade Footpaw Pattern and Tutorial
A pattern for a comfortable set of plantigrade footpaws with a liner. It includes a detailed tutorial for making and sewing the footpaws and liner with step-by-step instructions.
Creating Liners & Soles for Stuffed Footpaws
Learn in detail how to make lined and stuffed footpaws with both indoor or outdoor finishing! Includes a tutorial with step-by-step instructions and a pattern for a footpaw liner.
How to Make Webbed Fingers
This tutorial will show you a cool advanced sewing technique to make webbed fingers for costume projects and fursuit parts. It can also be scaled up for fins, wings, or other features on a costume where a “web” or “membrane” of skin is needed to span from one side to another.
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. Pattern for how to sew just the
retractable claw assembly, the rest of the paw is up to you!
Fursuit-sized Dog Muzzle Prop
Too much barking? Just can't stop talking in fursuit? Might bite? Maybe you or a friend needs a muzzle!
This is a sewing pattern on how to make a fursuit-sized dog muzzle. It includes notes on adjusting the size to fit shorter or broader snouts on fursuit masks as well.
to make your very own BIG collar! These are working over-sized
collars intended for a fursuit or cosplay costume accessory or
can even be made for a pet! Lots of step-by-step photos to help
I'm very proud to present all of the tutorials I have worked hard to make,
the ones below are made free for the creative
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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 and utilizing some upcycled
Fursuit BeaksFinishing tips for
creating a beak for critters that need one!
Adhesive Test for use on a fursuit’s head lining
are tested to discover what will work best to glue a lycra liner to
upholstery foam. My results and thoughts on them each are shared in this
video! If you're unsure of what to use, do a test like this example! You
might be surprised at the results you discover!
Making a mannequin head to measurements Having a mannequin head to build on is an important component to getting a well-fitted mask.
Having a good solid base is important to work off of when making
fursuits and other costumes! This is an inexpensive way to deal with
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
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.
Making a Tail
A great place to get started, plan and execute
a tail with some careful observation and this guide.
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. This just shows the design, if you need a
pattern I have it
How to Make Sewn Claws Video tutorial
on creating sewn claws, but also useful for sewing teeth and spikes,
too! Includes an image-guide for hand sewing in soft
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.
Visual aid for Fabric for Claws
There are many
types of fabric available, check out this visual aid i made to help you
choose fabric to use for sewn claws!
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.
Battery Operated Fan Tutorial
Is it hot in there? It doesn't have to be with
a fan. Assemble a computer fan and a 9 volt battery or
install a USB cable to use a powerbank.
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.
Is it common to line fursuit parts?
I share some photo examples and explain what fabrics are utilized!
Additionally I also clarify the difference between lining and edge
Hand-Sewing for Beginners
Step by step photos to teach you how to hand
sew! Beginner-friendly guide. Written for the person who maybe has never
touched a sewing kit
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.
Buying swatches and choosing fur
Fabric swatches are a very important 1st step to
buying fur online. How to examine swatches and fabrics to decide if they will work
on your project!
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!
How to Straighten Crimped Faux Fur
Learn to use heat in a controlled way to
straighten fur that has been crimped by improper storage or with use.
With an included video guide!
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.
Subtleties 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?
Are you interested in or looking for a community to
share your creative 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.
© Sara Howard 2016. Updated March 2022.