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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. You can find the list of categories on the sidebar visible on other pages as well. My most recent tutorials and articles are found on the Latest Posts page or in the feed below.

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Making scalloped trim out of satin ribbon

Sometimes you need scalloped trim. A lot of it. And large amounts of trim get super expensive. My petticoat project required around 50 yards of scalloped trim. Even the budget trim would cost me at least $250 and it wasn’t even the right style! That’s really expensive for a petticoat, so why not make your…

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Make your own tassels!

Tassels come in all shapes and sizes, and they’re pretty popular in all sorts of costumes and designs across many types of media. They show up as belt and cloak accents, on traditional backpacks, and sometimes even as hair ornaments. They’re especially prevalent in designs influenced by historical Chinese and Japanese styles, but I’ve spotted…

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Making coin shapes out of Worbla (and how to chain them)

I’m pretty deep in Asian historical fantasy shows lately, and one thing a number of them have is coins, amulets, and other similar shapes chained together by knotting or cording. Coins are sometimes easy to find, but getting into jade and other amulets can be more difficult to find and may grow really heavy. So…

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Sewing bead chains to fabric

Who doesn’t love bead chains? They make great accent pieces to add some pretty bling to your creation. But what if you don’t know how to bead or individual beads are too expensive or heavy? No worries, you have alternatives. The best kind of beads for budget and beginner-friendly beading are plastic beads that are…

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Scribbling with Shiva Paintstiks

Recently, I posted about Stenciling with Shiva Paintstiks, but what about large designs or fabric that takes work to get anything to stick? Stencil brushes don’t always cover large areas, and they work best on softer fabrics, but sometimes you want to create oversized patterns or work with shinier fabric. When I needed a large…

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