On this page you can find the pattern and instructions to make the footpaw pictured below.
I've put this together to help costume makers with what is often said to be one of the trickiest parts of fursuit construction.
I'm releasing it under the creative commons attribution licence - Your allowed to copy, distribute, modify the design, provided you credit me for the original somewhere. Its perfectly fine to sell fursuits that use this design. But enough talk, on with the construction!
Here's what the pattern looks like.
As you can see, it's symmetrical, so only one half needs to be printed out. Each rectangle is a sheet of A4 paper, allowing it to be easily printed using a home printer.
Here are the sheets, ready to print. Just click and save
Putting the paws together
|Printing the pattern
First we have to get our pattern pieced together.
Print the files onto A4 paper and lay them out.
Trim the boarder from each print out and arrange them so the pattern matches as shown.
With sticky tape, tape the sheets together into one big sheet. This makes up the left side of our pattern. Its symmetrical so we will be mirroring each piece as we go along.
Cutting out the sole
First cut the outline for the sole from the sheet.
Use it as a template to draw around on your material (Here I'm using dense sheet foam). Then flip it over and draw the other half.
I've labeled the original and mirrored sides so you can see what's going on.
After that cut the shape out and set it aside.
Cutting out the ankle and leg
Repeat the process for the two pieces shown here - Cutting them from the paper plan and tracing around them on your chosen material.
As I said, I used dense foam but it could be anything you fancy. Cardboard, rubber, gold-titanium alloy.. anything.
Putting the ankle piece together
At the top here you can see the ankle piece all cut out.
Next bend it around so either edge meets - I've drawn red arrows to show what meets what.
Once in place glue it firmly. In this case I've just used hot glue.
Congratulations, you've glued your first piece..
Gluing the Heel piece
Lay the heel out and glue the edges shown to one another.
I've added arrows to show what sticks to what.
Adding the ankle to the heel
Here you can see what the heel piece looks like when the edges are glued together.
Next the two corners indicated on the heel are folded around to snugly fit against the ankle piece.
Gluing the ankle and heel in place
Once you've wrapped the heel around it will fit like this. Glue it in place.
Repeat for the other side.
The glued heel and ankle
Here's what they look like when stuck together.
Once your happy with the positioning, go through and glue up all the loose seams to form one solid shape.
Now this part is done we'll put it aside to concentrate on the third and final part of the foot - The toes.
Draw around the toe templates and mirror them to get all four pieces.
You can probably arrange them so there's less off cuts. I set them out for clarity, rather than efficiency.
Gluing Each Toe
Take the toe shape and bend the edges shown so they meet.
Glue the edges together then work along the top gluing the rest.
Repeat the process for each toe.
There are two large and two small toes. Arrange them as shown in the next picture.
Putting the heel and toes together
Now the foot is really coming together.
Arrange each of the toes with the larger toes in the middle. The pointed edges will face inwards and the toes will gently splay out as shown in the picture opposite.
Next glue each of the toes to the heel in the places indicated by the arrows opposite.
You can also glue the toes together as indicated by the red arrows.
If your still unsure about how the toes fit together, take a look at the picture of the underside of the foot two images down, as you can see things a little clearer.
Gluing the sides in place
Here you can see how the toes all glue together. Each toe corresponding to its own strip of material in the heelpiece.
All that remains to do is glue the side flaps as shown by the red arrow.
After that it will simply be a matter of sticking the sole on.
The underside of the foot
Here is what the foot looks like with all the flaps stuck.
You can see in better detail how the toes fit together
Capping off with the sole
To finish off, the sole piece is glued to the base to form the completed foot.
My advice is to first glue the tips of the toes and the back of the heel, then work around gluing the rest together.
You will probably find the paw naturally splays out wide, by adding the sole piece it will pull it back in and give it a stronger shape.
Once your done, that's it! Congratulations - you have one footpaw. Why not make another and complete the set?
I intend to add the source files for the paws. The Pepakura PDO file and 3D model upon which it was based. I May well add an an additional tutorial on furring up the paws.
I intend to make this the first in a series of freely distributable patterns and instructions. Coming soon, hopefully, are full headpiece designs and sewing patterns.
If you have comments or would like to contribute to the open source critter resource, feel free to message me via my live journal account.
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