Welcome to the Leaf Pile!

Hello! I’m Sammy, aka LeafninCosplay, and this is my leaf pile, a collection of tutorials and helpful advice that can get you started with sewing and crafting or give you ideas for techniques. Everything in this blog can be done in minimal space. My workshop is technically the corner of my living room in a 900sqft apartment I share with my roommate. You don’t need a giant workshop or massive house to cosplay. You can craft and create cosplay in spaces as small as a dorm room!

If you’re new to making your own cosplay or not sure how to start, check out the Getting Started section on the menu. This features a collection of tutorials specifically geared towards getting started with a specific subject.

If you’re looking for something specific, the Tutorials Index is arranged by subject. Recent tutorials are located on the menu above. You can also find character-specific build tutorials on Character Builds.

Feel free to follow me on social media for updates on my latest projects, random posts about my artbook obsession, and games. And if you make something with one of my tutorials, let me know! I’d love to see your work. Remember, sewing and crafting are skills, not talent, so what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!

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New Pages! (9.13.22) – There are two new indices for easier navigation. Please check out Tutorials Index by Budget and Tutorials Index by Skill Level.

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Latest Tutorials

Fabric stand-up shoulders

Sometimes a design has standing shoulders or shoulder decorations, but they don’t look like armor. Perhaps you need something lightweight or something easy to store. Fortunately, fabric shoulders can help make that standing shoulder illusion without the extra bulk, weight, or storage space. These shoulders take only a few materials, and the fabric can be…

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Turning a saggy velcro obi into a wrap-around obi

I bought a cosplay for my sister and the obi was incredibly sad. It had no interfacing and the velcro was unreliable at best. This thing wouldn’t survive more than an hour at a con. So it’s time to modify this thing and make it nice and stable. This cosplay came with a wide waistband…

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Making a prop out of a kite

When I wanted to make a giant raven prop, I knew I needed something large, durable, and foldable. This thing had to travel but also be large enough to be seen on stage during a performance. Stage props are often made out of cardboard or disposable materials, but I also wanted something I could use…

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Decoupage mini crown

Sometimes you want a mini crown. Princess crown, fallen prince, idol accessories. There are plenty of mini crowns in multiple genres. Foam may feel bulky for a mini crown, and thinner foams just don’t stand up well on their own. So why not decoupage? Decoupage is a great technique that is safe indoors and extraordinarily…

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Felt wig alternative for short-haired characters

My sister hates wigs, and it’s not exactly an uncommon sentiment. They can pinch, feel itchy, slip, or just not fit over larger hair. I’ve gotten used to them over the years, but my sister still has problems with them. So why force her to wear a wig she’ll want to rip off in 5…

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