Fursuiting for Broke Noobs

Discussion in 'Fursuiting and Costuming' started by FluffyShutterbug, Apr 10, 2017.

  1. FluffyShutterbug

    FluffyShutterbug A Foxy Femboy Photographer

    I have a really strong desire to cosplay as my OC, Jamie Foxworthy someday. But, from what I've heard, it costs a ton of money to make a fursuit, and even more to get one made. Not a promising thing for a broke college girl to hear. I'm probably going to have to save up money... So, does anyone either A, have a ballpark estimate for the amount I'd have to save or B, know how to make a fursuit thriftily? I'd greatly appreciate some advice from veteran members of the fandom. :)
  2. I can't really help with buying fursuits, but I can give some insite into making one.

    Making one typically costs anywhere from 300-500. It mostly depends on the fur. If you have a fursuit thats one color, its gonna be ridiculously cheaper then one that is five different colors. Uncommon fur colors (like a neon orange fur I got) also tend to be more expensive because they are harder to get someplace else.

    But yeah, Id say go for 500 just to be safe. That'll virtually guarentee youll have enough money; unless your making a sparkledog. ;)
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  3. KeitoTheMidnightFox

    KeitoTheMidnightFox ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ

    My partial (My display pic) consists of head, tail, hand paws and feet. And with shipping for the whole commission from the artist comes too $1300.00
    But as dawn said. Depends on the attention to detail of the character. Mine consists of black and purple.

    I dont know too much on making one yourself. But dawn still does have good insight there.

    If your looking into a full fursuit. Depending on detail again/colors/type it can range depending on artists. Some may charge up to 1.5k+ 2k+ 3k+
    But it just depends on the artist, detail, digigrade (I think its called), time to make/labor

    But you might strike lucky and find someone who will do it a lot less and really well made! :)

    If your looking into commissioning I can recommend the artist who did mine;

    www.etsy.com: Jewelry, hats and costumes by MariasCreativeCorner

    Hope some of the info helped. :)
  4. Kezi Avdiivka

    Kezi Avdiivka Active Member

    Oh this is easy


    All my fursuits are 100% natural.
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  5. FluffyShutterbug

    FluffyShutterbug A Foxy Femboy Photographer

    Urk... I think that I'd need FOUR colors. Red-Orange, White, Black and Vermilion.
  6. Kezi Avdiivka

    Kezi Avdiivka Active Member

    you got blue? wanna smash?
  7. FluffyShutterbug

    FluffyShutterbug A Foxy Femboy Photographer

    No... And "smash"?
  8. Kezi Avdiivka

    Kezi Avdiivka Active Member

    swiggity swooty
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  9. FluffyShutterbug

    FluffyShutterbug A Foxy Femboy Photographer

    You're somethin' else... o_O
  10. KeitoTheMidnightFox

    KeitoTheMidnightFox ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ

    I recently saw that meme video... lmao xD
  11. Kezi Avdiivka

    Kezi Avdiivka Active Member

    lol oneplusthirtyposted it today too after my girlfriend thread.

    never gets old
  12. KeitoTheMidnightFox

    KeitoTheMidnightFox ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ

    I lol'd hard xD
  13. FluffyShutterbug

    FluffyShutterbug A Foxy Femboy Photographer

    Let's not hijack this thread, fellas. :rolleyes:
  14. Kezi Avdiivka

    Kezi Avdiivka Active Member

    Sorreh, returning to topic

    Dollar store + ACmoore = Good cheap shit for fursuiting.

    Can also order felt and stuff on ebay for cheap. find a Chinese company and you're golden on price. Other than that? Salvage anything and everything you can get.
  15. FluffyShutterbug

    FluffyShutterbug A Foxy Femboy Photographer

    Ok! Thanks for the advice! :)
  16. KeitoTheMidnightFox

    KeitoTheMidnightFox ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ

    Fursuits are amazing. A bit of truth. With Keito, and I think in most fursuit heads vision can be limited. Especially mine in Keito. So thats one thing to take into fact. Also suits get very very hot. And the heads I would recommend if the artist like the one who did mine made the mouth open to be able to breath and talk without over heating. Another thing I heard that some heads can offer is little fans to help keep you cool.

    If you want to start off cheap. You could scavange stuff from like Kezi said. Dollar store and such.
    But if you really want to go for a cheaper route try making a partial. Head/Tail/Hands/Feet (Optional) before going with a full suit. Its cheaper plus it isnt overheating.
    Plus not that much extentsive care goes into that.

    Caring for the suit is another thing thats for sure. :)

    But I wish ye luck on getting your suit! :D

    But I do think try for making a partial at first which is just Head/Hands/Tail dont need the feet if you intend to wear shoes most of the time. :)
  17. FluffyShutterbug

    FluffyShutterbug A Foxy Femboy Photographer

    You guys are so great! :D
  18. jwolf127

    jwolf127 New Member

    Heya! I make partials for 300 (Pictured is my first ever partial e.e, I was 12 at the time, I'm now 13, but I've improved a lot) and this is what I have to say- (Yes I know, don't tell me I shouldn't be getting suits at my age, but I've already stopped growing due to genetical thingies e.e) Anyways, I'm currently making several suits but as a nice treat for me, I've got my own on the way. It costed around 200$ to get it as I bought it from a less experienced maker (Like me!). The good thing about buying from that maker is that it's relatively cheap and you can also see them grow and maybe purchase another suit in the future. Now Cosplay_dawn is right. Odd colors are not cheap unless you go to the back of JoAnns and dig out a roll of fur, those are about 16$ a yard, depending on the length of the furpile. A short pile cyan is about 11$, but a long pile is around 16-20. It's not cheap but not too bad, considering what it could be. Foam is also expensive! But if you go to the craft section in Wal-Mart, you'll find the jackpot of lovely foams and more. I got 2x2ft package of 4 1" foam for 10$. I also buy my half inch from there. If you seriously can't afford the foam, you can also attempt at a mesh base. Another thing you may wanna look out for if you're looking into getting one made is reviews(I guess). Search up several makers and look at their pricing. If you like their pricing, take a look of what people think. Some makers will take 2+ years, which is so frustrating from what I've heard. Hope I could help, -CyM (Commission Your Mission)
  19. jwolf127

    jwolf127 New Member

    sorry it's just a blob of stuff o-o
  20. Jarren

    Jarren You can't just quote yourself! -Me

    Kidnap a local school mascot.
    Take their suit.
    Pay them off to never speak of it again/find a good place to hide the body.*

    *I claim no responsibility for issues caused by following my advice : P.
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  21. Yakamaru

    Yakamaru Logically chaotic and twice as charming

    Use cardboard. xD

    Worst case scenario, skin a couple of animals and make a suit, lolololol. :3

    Though if you did that it might end up smelling like dead & skinned animal after a while..
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  22. Ashwolves5

    Ashwolves5 Miss Fluffy Bottom

    I good place to get super cheap foam is to see if you have an upholstery places near you. They will sell scrap foam dirt cheap, that's how I get mine. I get like a 30gallon sized trash bag for just five bucks.
  23. crystallinecanine

    crystallinecanine Sparkle Gosh

    OKAY LEMME LAY IT DOWN FOR YOU. It does not cost a fortune to make a suit, if you spend the money wisely. I was raised to be savvy with money, so I look for every opportunity to save money, even when making suits. I will give you a rundown of how much it costs for me to make a suit.

    I make partial suits, mostly. They don't need a lot of fur, nor do they use a lot of foam, like fullsuits do. The main stores you will need to shop at are: Walmart, Ebay, and fabricempire.com. Don't get joann.com fur, no matter how low the price. It is horrible and a waste of money.


    -Fleece (varies on how much you get) Assuming you get 2 colors: 6.00
    Walmart surprisingly sells fabrics of many types! I frequently get fleece there.
    Fleece can be used for the nose, paw pads, claws, tongue, and lining the mouth. If your character isn't a bag of skittles, then you'd only need 1-2 colors of fleece. One yard of fleece is 2.00-5.97. If you have a local super walmart that has a fabric section that you can choose your fabric in person, get your fabric in half yards so that you don't get more than you need (and it will cost less).
    Anti-Pill Polyester Fleece Solids Fabric By The Yard, 60" Wide - Walmart.com

    - Glue gun and glue sticks. 8.64
    Assuming you don't have these items. if you do disregard this step. I have been blessed with a great dollar store that sells mini glue guns and glue sticks, but in the event that your dollar store doesn't sell these, walmart is a great choice too.
    The ad-tech brand mini hotglue gun is 2.67 and the 100 pack adtech glue stick is 5.97 (you will be using alot of hot glue). The hot glue guns are pretty good, considering i've had one for a year that has heavy usage.
    Glue gun: Low-Temp Mini Glue Gun - Walmart.com
    Glue sticks: Ad tech Multi-Temp Mini Size 4" Glue Sticks, 100 ct - Walmart.com

    Foam- 15.97
    If you're making a partial, you'll only need one roll of foam. You won't even need the entire roll of foam, if you are careful with what you are doing. The roll walmart sells is 2 feet x 6 feet and 1 inch thick. It's 16.00, but you'll be able to use the remaining foam for another project.
    Project Foam - Walmart.com

    Pet Clippers: Walmart has a cheap set of clippers that serve well for fursuit shaving. I suggest trying to find one at a local walmart so that if you only use them once, you probably can refund them and get 25 dollars back in your pocket.

    So far, you're at 30.00. It's not a bad start, but now we'll get into the furs.

    Fabric Empire:
    I cannot stress this enough-- always get quality furs. If you start with shoddy fur, your ending project will reflect that since the fur is almost the most important part of a fursuit.
    There is an extra way to save money with buying fur from this shop. With every purchase, they give you a "15% off your next purchase" coupon when you show them a picture of what you made with materials from their shop. What I would do is buy one color of fur and make maybe the tail first, send the picture in and redeem your 15% off and apply it to the other 3 furs that you haven't bought yet. Cha-ching!
    Each of these are 21.90 each.
    Vermillion:www.fabricempire.com: Red Long Pile Shaggy Faux Fur Fabric
    White: www.fabricempire.com: White Long Pile Shaggy Faux Fur Fabric
    Black: www.fabricempire.com: Black Long Pile Shaggy Faux Fur Fabric
    Red-Orange (The color is rust, but i think it captures the color of red orange well) : www.fabricempire.com: Faux Fur Long Pile Shaggy RUST
    All the furs cost 87.60. If you buy one first at 21.90 and redeem the coupon, the remaining furs (65.70) will now cost 55.84. Not too much, but it would feel nice to have a few bucks back in your pocket.
    Extras: Allow 20 in your budget for needles, thread (you should just get white and a dark red/black. no need for all different colors), sewing elastic for the tail/armsleeves, and scissors. You don't need to get new materials if you already have some of these. If you don't know how to make fursuit eyes, you can buy a premade pair from someone on etsy or look up some tutorials online.

    All in all, your approximate total to get materials would be around 160, given you stay within your materials and price range. Shipping costs can sneak up on you, so make sure that you take the extra costs into account. You should have 200 as your max budget and stick closely to it. If you find that something costs too much, you can cut it out as long as it doesn't affect the major aesthetics of your final outcome (Buying one less fur color could help, but you should get the clippers to make for a nice shave).

    I hope that this isn't confusing at all! Please let me know of any questions you have and I'll answer them to the best of my ability. (and let me know if there's anything to be edited.) ^-^
  24. FluffyShutterbug

    FluffyShutterbug A Foxy Femboy Photographer

    Only $200!? That's chump change compared to what I thought I was gonna need! Thanks! :D And, yeah. I was thinking of doing a head, hands, feet and a tail because I want her to be clothed, and it doesn't matter if there's fur underneath a blazer and jeans. :)
  25. Mr. Fox

    Mr. Fox Well-Known Member

    Just do what "Boomer The Dog" did, make your fursuit out of paper mache and you'll be good to go.

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