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

Tear-away transformation dress for short dresses

When I set out to make a transformation dress, I wanted it to not be obvious it was a transformation dress. There aren’t a lot of tutorials floating around, and none for making a short transformation dress that transforms into an equally short dress. Transformation dresses work by concealing the inside dress completely inside the…

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How to sew a scalloped hem

Scalloped hems are pretty. They look like a row of petals or scallops next to each other and can be found in all sorts of locations. Bustline hems, bottom of a skirt, crisscrossed accents. But when you first make a scalloped hem, you might have a problem. You might get bunches in those scallops or…

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Making Kraehe’s backless corset

If there’s one thing about magical girl cosplays, it’s that they like to defy physics and how fabric works. Princess Tutu is honestly no exception to this. When my sister wanted to cosplay Kraehe, I knew I had to get creative with how that corset worked and how to get it to stay put. It…

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Lets make fake tatas!

Sometimes you just need a pair of fake tatas. A lot of characters have plunging necklines and impossibly perky cleavage, defying the laws of physics of how their outfits are actually staying up. Or perhaps you just need an anime-sized bustline. Either way, it’s time to make some fake tatas that go under shirts and…

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Seamless tiered Isis wings with Mytho

I’m a big Princess Tutu fan, and when I set out to make Raven Mytho, I knew I wanted to make Isis wings, tiered and seamless. His wings are a grayscale gradient of zigzags with feathers cut out at the bottom. These had to work for a contest performance and they had to survive a…

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Belt-mounted prop holder for sticks and swords

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get tired of carrying my prop around the con and get jealous of anime and game characters who can just stick their prop to their hip. I’ve found myself thinking about this for a while, and when I planned a cosplay that would have several swords and…

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