The Frugal Furry/Scalie Fursuit by Van Hill Millvele

I will be honest with you Frugal and Furry are words that don’t usually work well together. That doesn’t have to be true.  You do not need to be a custom costume to be a Furry or even a costume at all.  If you really want a Fursuit and don’t want to be in debt or just can’t afford a full Fursuit.    If you want something really nice it will cost for materials and the maker’s time. Scheming is not what this article is about. Frugality isn’t about ripping people off, it is about living and spending more mindfully. 

I am not always perfect with mindful spending.  I am itching to buy a $9.00 eBook. The used print version of the book can cost hundreds, but the book is a major want. 

  1. Buy the head from a quality maker and use an off the rack tail and hands off of Amazon.  (You can wear the head with pajamas, favorite suit, dress, your old Star Trek uniform. There are super cute animal pajamas that you can buy online. This is cheaper, easier to wash, and makes your Fursuit more versatile.  It is much cheaper than a full fursuit.
  2. Make a fursuit/Scalie head yourself. (If you can sew.)  Make it out of leftover material you have in the house, even cheaper. A family member joked about gutting my ‘new to us’ couch for foam. My family member needed foam to make a base. I laughed but then smiled. “No, but the old couch we were throwing out is fair use.” We gutted that couch and washed the foam in pillowcases. 
  3. What if you want a really nice fursuit? If you have a job find out what debts need to be paid off and cut out unnecessary spending.  Would cutting cable, and getting Disney plus or Hulu save you money? Would packing lunches for work be an option?  How would you plan to buy your fursuit? 
  4. Never tease a person who chose a Dan Dee or Maskimusl instead of customizable. Sometimes people can’t afford a hand-sewn head, or is a growing teen, or need an extra-large head due to comfort or health issues. My first Fursuit head for myself was a Dan Dee.  It wasn’t a head I went out with, but it was fun. Some Furs are against this; you can also resew, or paint commercialized Furry/Scalie masks. This is more approved by Scalies than furs. Not everyone can afford a custom head. 
  5. Look for Fursuits makers on Etsy but be careful and check reviews. This was my families’ first custom Fursuit head was from Etsy, and while it wasn’t like SkyhighStudios, we loved it.  Just because a Fursuit head is expensive doesn’t mean it is quality, always check reviews no matter what seller you are buying from.
  6. Use thrift store finds for material and props.  Thrift stores can be gold mines for the Frugal Furry. I have seen furry pillows, cloth, and costume pieces.
  7. You probably don’t want to buy from sites that use other people’s Fursonas as their photos to sell their Fursuits, if you want quality work.  It isn’t kind to the maker who made the real fursuit. I’d rather see an imperfect suit for sale than one that doesn’t represent the maker. 


Van Hill Millvele enjoys being creative. Her Fursona’s name is Janky the Fuzzy Life Coach. Van writes weird Furry novels for free. Check out one of her novels here.

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