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Unread 04-03-2008, 06:18 PM   #1
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How to make cat ears

http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/kitty_cat_ears

Something i came across that gives a general idea of how to make them. is a VERY basic tutorial with room to grow.

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Unread 04-03-2008, 06:26 PM   #2
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Nice tutorial, but I'd recommend using faux fur, and flipping the fabric over when the sewing is finished.
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Unread 04-03-2008, 06:27 PM   #3
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Thank you! I've been looking for a tutorial on cat eats!
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Unread 04-03-2008, 11:26 PM   #4
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Nice tutorial, but I'd recommend using faux fur, and flipping the fabric over when the sewing is finished.
Seconding this, a good quality short pile faux fur looks better for ears than felt, and it hides seams well. I also agree that the seams should be turned in as well, it just looks more clean and polished.
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Unread 04-15-2008, 06:05 PM   #5
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felt = like 50 cents for a small sheet about the size of a piece of paper, faux fur = $40 a metre.... yea i think i would go with the felt if its for something simple like this
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Unread 04-15-2008, 07:53 PM   #6
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Actually no, Faux fur goes for $20 USD a yard, and in the long run will look ALOT better than just plain old felt. Besides, you can reuse that yard for a ton more ears, tails, paws.etc

And you do not always need to purchase a full yard. You can get sample fur, just $1 each or ask someone if they have fur scraps, especially from the Furry Community.

I do not think cheap when it comes to accuracy.

Felt is just plain, faux fur looks much better.
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Unread 04-15-2008, 09:16 PM   #7
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A neat tut. - I'm in need of bunny ears and i love the hair clip idea... i'm still wringing my hands over floppy vs. straight bunny ears though.
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Unread 04-17-2008, 10:30 AM   #8
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And here's another cat-ears tutuorial from cosplaywiki: http://www.cosplaywiki.org/index.php/Basic_cat_ears

I would also avoid felt. You can use fabric alternatives like fleece, velour or velvet if you want some thing fuzzy that's not really furry. And I don't know where folks are going that $20/yd of faux fur is normal. Hancocks and JoAnns typically have a cheaper faux fur selection that runs closer to $8-12/yard and I could make probably 8 pairs of ears from 1/8 a yard...
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Unread 04-17-2008, 10:50 AM   #9
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Hehe, I buy my fur online since I can have a wider selection. That is the normal cost of fur, believe me. But yes, you can always buy cheap fur from Jo Ann's and there, you don't need to get the full yard, just half if you want.

Fleece is so much nice than felt. Felt is so hard and nasty.
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Unread 04-17-2008, 02:42 PM   #10
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Nope, Koisnake is right, the really good quality faux fur starts at around $20 a yard usually. Most of the stuff that Hancock's or Joann's has that's significantly cheaper than that is fun fur (which is thin, mats easily, and doesn't wear well) or worse.

For really nice fur fabric, I've paid up to about $35 a yard for the long pile stuff, that's just how it goes.

Also, thirding the 'don't use felt' sentiment, it's just stiff and pills badly and is all around yucky. They do make furry fleece, but the stuff is kind of hard to work with, it's backing is much thinner than faux fur, so it falls apart more.

Ears take so little fabric to make, if you ever can't afford 1/2 yard to make some ears, post in the Marketplace for fur fabric scraps to make some. I for one know I have scraps in like 10+ colors from various projects, and wouldn't charge more than a dollar or two to mail a piece big enough for a couple pairs or ears, and I'm sure others would do the same.

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Unread 04-17-2008, 03:15 PM   #11
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Exactly. That is the reason why I never shop for fur at Jo Ann's, its the horrible "Fun-Fur" stuff. Once in awhile, I find some really gorgeous furs but thats not all the time.

Fur scraps are VERY easy to come by, but most people are too lazy to go ask around for some. I myself have tons upon tons of fur scraps and I know some other people do to. Just ask around, like the Market Place.

There are also people who give them for free. So instead of using a low quality fabric, take your time to go and look for better ones.
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Unread 04-17-2008, 03:23 PM   #12
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then the local fabric store is ripping people off >.<
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Unread 04-17-2008, 03:29 PM   #13
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Exactly xD Most of it is a very coarse, ugly fur. I do find some nice ones there, but most are very bad. You can get cheap fur from mascot makers, they usually have some laying around. I always sell the fur I no longer need anymore to people who need them.

Another good place to find fur is:
community.livejournal.com/fursuitauctions

Just ask what color and length of fur you want and see if anyone has it available.
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Unread 04-17-2008, 10:41 PM   #14
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Exactly. That is the reason why I never shop for fur at Jo Ann's, its the horrible "Fun-Fur" stuff. Once in awhile, I find some really gorgeous furs but thats not all the time.
*shrugs* I know the Fun Fur of which has been mentioned, but I guess the Hancocks around my area is an anomoly then as it has a year-round selection of furs that aren't crappy, yet manage to avoid the $20/yd price tag. Granted, they run close at the $12-$16 range but I've always seen something neat and a lot of soft, good furs that aren't the obviously bottom-of-the-barrell fur variety. Our local JoAnns... not so much. JoAnn's is my last ditch effort on any project when I'm hunting fabrics.
Now if I went to the D.C. area for furs, I'd hit the G-Street Fabric chain as they have the exotic stuff, ranging up to $100+/yard in their fashion section. They've got the lower price range furs too, but the cheapest I've bought @ G-Street was probably still $16/yd. But I don't go there for the fur, I go for their bargain tables that always manage to have hidden spandex/lycra materials for $2.97/yd.
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Unread 04-17-2008, 10:54 PM   #15
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then the local fabric store is ripping people off >.<
Not necessarily. You're in Canada, things are more expensive here than in the States (even with the dollar at near parity for a while right now). That's just how it is.

Something that sells for $20/m in the USA will commonly be $30+/m here in Canada. *sigh*

For something like ears, you can just buy a tiny amount, though. The smallest you can usually buy at a fabric store is 10cm wide, and even that would do a number of ears. ^_^

Koisnake is right about most fabric store furs being quite coarse, though.
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