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how much are the cheapest fursuit supplies?

27 Feb 2019, 7:04 pm
so, as the title states I'm next to broke and want to make a fursuit, so where can I find cheap foam, fur and other stuff I need for as cheap as possible?


27 Feb 2019, 7:18 pm
I've never looked at the prices myself or looked into what all it does take to make a fursuit but most of your money will be tied up in the fur as the type of fabric is pricey. As for the foam find an upholstery shop near you. They may likely have some foam or be able to get foam far cheaper then what you can at craft stores or online as they would be ordering large quantities of foam at a time.
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27 Feb 2019, 7:31 pm
If you really want to go cheap on the cloth, there's acrylic felt. And for some plastic stuff, bottles!
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27 Feb 2019, 7:45 pm
Depends on what you're making tbh, and how much you'll need
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27 Feb 2019, 7:46 pm
Walmart carries 1/2 inch to 2 inch craft foam for VERY cheap. About $15 per big roll and its what I make suits with! Plastic poster board and foamies are great for eye blanks, and buckram is relatively affordable off of etsy. As for fur, please rethink trying to find cheap. Fur quality is a HUGE deal man and if you want the suit to look decent and last, it's a better option to just save for fur off of Bigzfabrics.com or fabrics.com etc etc
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27 Feb 2019, 7:47 pm
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If you shop around, the fursuit is primarily simple and solid colors (plain brown, plain black, etc.), and you're a petite person, you could feasibly get enough supplies to make a full fursuit for around $200- less if you're extra lucky. This includes 2 inch pile fur, and upholstery foam for making the head. This doesn't include sewing thread and needles though, but compared to the rest of it, it wouldn't be but a few dollars. This is literally going to be a budget fursuit though. Very simple and straightforward.

The fur is where most of the money ends up being. If you go with a shorter pile fur you're going to have a much less expensive suit. If you go with more extreme colors (lime, neon blue, etc.) you're going to have a more expensive suit. This is why scalies or suits of animals with little to no hair use fleece, because it is less expensive than a long pile fur but still gives a nice, plush look.

I absolutely would not suggest acrylic felt, because it can rip easily with enough wear and tear. This is not something you want to be wearing for long periods of time and will not hold up in the long run.

Keep in mind, how much money you put into the suit determines the overall quality of the suit and the longevity of the suit. Cheap materials will not live as long as more expensive ones. Also, when ordering fur online, always, always, always order swatches. Swatches are very small samples of fur that let you see the color, texture, and backing of the fabric in person. This is very important because you don't want to spend $100 on fur only to find out later it is nothing like the images you saw of it online!

I HIGHLY suggest checking out this livejournal: https://fursuit.livejournal.com/
There are lots of people on here who have carried out lots of experiments with fursuit making and many have learned to drastically cut costs with their experiments. It can help a new fursuit maker out a lot!
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27 Feb 2019, 8:25 pm
If, for any reason, you’re going to be shopping at big-name craft stores, sign up for their email lists and check those coupons constantly, and NEVER buy from them without a coupon or sale. At least once a month, I get emails from Joann fabrics with a 40%-60% off sale on foam, and pretty regularly 30%-40% off fur. The selection of fur isn’t great, but if you’re going for a simple 1-2 natural color suit, it might work for you! I got supplies for a head for a haunted house for under $40 a couple years back because fur and foam were on sale at the same time.

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5 Mar 2019, 4:03 pm
I would suggest buying head bases from Dreamvision Creations, then buying fur and stuff to fur it
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5 Mar 2019, 4:18 pm
^ while Dreamvision Creations does have great, quality head bases it would be cheaper to make your own as DVC tends to get a bit expensive
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5 Mar 2019, 4:28 pm
^ while Dreamvision Creations does have great, quality head bases it would be cheaper to make your own as DVC tends to get a bit expensive


Actually, I’ve made my own head with foam and it was much more expensive than DVC...
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