Updated at: 05-05-2022 - By: Leo Hall

For those looking for an opportunity to relax and pretend to be out in the real world, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is still an excellent choice. While most of us are probably lounging on our couches in old baggy sweaters and sweatpants in real life, New Horizons allows us the option to not only create our own attractive ensembles, but also to snag the efforts of others who are styling themselves. Players have been showing off their creations, ranging from band t-shirts to character outfit remakes, and if you’re curious in how they did it (or if you want to get your hands on some of them), keep reading. To get started, we’ll explain all you need to know about how to spruce up your clothing, your home, and even your entire village.

How to Get Custom Designs in Animal Crossing

It is possible to import web-based designs onto your island in two ways: It’s important to note that any designs you upload will be marked with a “no edit” icon, indicating that you are unable to alter them.

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The first option is to use a QR Code (Quick Response Code).

Instead of creating your own masterpiece in the browser, this website allows you to upload any photo and turn it into a personalized design! This explains why memes and Beyoncé album covers are plastered on the walls of rural peasants with surprising precision.

These only function with standard designs, so keep that in mind. But there will still be an abundance of excellence.

Set up NookLink on the Nintendo Switch App.

It is necessary to set up NookLink in order to connect your phone and the New Horizons-specific features for the first time. When you first launch New Horizons, simply press the [-] button on your keyboard to access the options menu.

Scan a QR Code from the internet.

Go to your in-game NookPhone

alternative: the able-bodied sisters

You must have a Nintendo Switch Online membership before you can play online.

Visit the shop of the Able Sisters

At the back of the Able Sisters, there is a Custom Designs Portal.

Now that you’ve learned how to post designs, you’ll likely be eager to explore the internet in search of new clothing inspiration. A variety of fan-run databases have emerged to aid in your quest. Nookpedia and Custom Crossing are great resources. #AnimalCrossingDesigns can also be found on Twitter, Instagram, etc. The possibilities with AC Patterns are truly limitless, and it’s impossible to overstate how cool this is.

Normal patterns and Pro Designs are the two sorts of custom designs available (which you have to unlock). You may use normal patterns in a multitude of ways, from laying them down on the ground to hanging them up in your home to using them as face paint. Make a basic shirt out of them if you’d like. A unique type of apparel is the focus of each Pro Design. As a result, you have the freedom to go to town on the details in order to create an ensemble that truly stands out. To get you started, here are a few examples of each.

  • Inspiring and Brave
  • path of stones
  • Dandelions
  • Eyebrows
  • Hat of the Pancake
  • One Hundred Percent Sky and Sea
  • Japanese Ramen Robe from Maruchan.
  • Fancy Clothes
  • Fisherman’s Sweater
  • Starry-eyed hoodie
  • Jacket of Pikachu
  • Shirt in a pastel color

How do you customise your furniture in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

In New Horizons, you have the option to design your own furnishings. You’ll be able to paint woodwork in a variety of colors and display your own designs on quilts and fabrics, which is exciting!

So, what are your options for personalizing furniture? To begin, you must attend a training led by Tom Nook at Resident Services. Nook will reward you with a slew of Customization Kits, which you can utilize on any workbench. Customisation Kits can be used to alter most DIY furniture, but some store-bought goods and most of your tools can also be reworked at any workbench.

Select ‘customize anything’ from a workbench to add a new design to an existing item. A sufficient number of Customization Kits and an object that can be redesigned are both required next. It’s easy to see how many kits are needed for each of your furniture’s new color selections on the customisation page of your account. Press + to confirm your new look after selecting it.

More Customization Kits are required. Nooks Cranny sells them for 600 Bells for a single order or 3,000 Bells for a bulk bag of five.

Nook Phone’s Custom Design software lets you create your own pattern to apply to your home decor or furnishings. Directly apply your own designs on fabrics and furniture by going to the workbench’s customisation page and selecting the paintbrush at the end of the available designs.

How do you make your own custom designs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

Preparation is key, so build your designs now. It’s easy to do this by launching the app on your Nookphone and fiddling around with the settings. As soon as you’ve completed creating your design, save it and you’ll be able to use it on anything from furniture to mannequins to clothing.

How do I download Custom Designs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

Animal Crossing allows you to import custom designs in two simple ways: New Horizons:

Players who have spent hours designing their own patterns in New Leaf and Happy Home Designer can keep them when they switch to the Switch version. Using a NookPhone program called NookLink, you may import your old designs into New Horizons.

Only individuals who have the Nintendo Switch Online app will be able to use Nooklink. Nooklink lets you scan QR codes associated with a custom design to transfer that design between the 3DS games and New Horizons.

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To utilize the Custom Designs app, simply choose or sketch a design in New Leaf/Happy Home Designer. You’ll be able to download your patterns by scanning a QR code from this page.

To get all your favorite designs in one location, follow these simple steps!

In the same manner that you may download your own designs, you can also download those of others that have been placed online. You’ll need to utilize a smartphone running the Nintendo Switch Online app to get the QR code designs.

  • Your in-gameNookPhone Custom Designs app must have the Pro Designs upgrade to allow you to create your own outfit designs.
  • For the Pro Designs, you’ll have to scan four different QR codes.
  • To use the design in-game, launch the Custom Designs ‘app’ on your in-game NookPhone. To download the design, simply click ‘+,’ and you’re done. It is not possible to change custom designs that were not created by you.

Using codes in-game

You’ll have to wait till you have a permanent Able Sisters’ shop on your island if the design contains a textual code rather than a QR code. To find a design, enter the design code or the creator code into the Custom Design kiosk at the back of the store.

How do you get photos in the game?

Uploading images to services such as the Animal Crossing Pattern Tool, for example, allows you to bring in images from your computer into the game. Custom QR codes are generated by these sites and scanned in the same way that NookLink imports designs from prior titles.

If you want to see your face (or Alex from Nintendo Life’s face) in your game, this is a great option. However, a word of caution is in order. While there may be a plethora of stunning images to choose from, there may also be a few images that are not safe for work. Make sure to exercise caution when visiting websites and double-checking what you save on your phone before handing it over to the kids to save in-game.

An Apple or Google Play Store account is required for downloading apps before you can begin using QR Codes. Smartphones and tablets can be used for this.

The premium Nintendo Switch Online subscription is required to use NookLink and read Animal Crossing New Horizons QR Codes on your Nintendo Switch. A single account costs £18, 20€, or $20 for the year, while a family pass with eight accounts costs £31.49, 35€, or $35.

Please visit this link to purchase it from nintendo.com Although it’s not ideal, it’s true that Tom Nook’s Hawaiian shirts don’t earn themselves a living.

Avoid just typing “NookLink” into the search bar of your preferred app store. Download the “Nintendo Switch Online” App before you can download and scan QR codes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Once you’ve downloaded the app to your phone or tablet, you’ll need to login in using your Nintendo account linked to the console you play Animal Crossing on to access the app’s functions.

Animal Crossing on the Switch is the next step. Then, on the title screen of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, press “-” (minus).

This will bring you to the NookLink settings menu, where you may enable it.

You can now transfer things generated by QR codes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons between your smart device and console.

You can utilize the “Custom Designs” app on your Nook phone if you play New Horizons on your phone. If you want to use the app’s Pro features, you must visit the Nook Stop at Residential Services and get 800 Nook Miles to unlock the feature.

New Horizons Custom Designs – How to open the Able Sisters’ Shop

The Able Sisters business will let you to post your own designs after a few days on your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. A creator code and online access to produce codes for your own designs will be provided.

Older Animal Crossing games use QR Codes to save patterns. This item can be obtained by entering an alphanumeric code you receive after creating a new design in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

You must first chat with Mable when she comes to your town plaza selling garments in order to open the Able Sisters’ shop. Invest some money in her ideas, and after a few visits, she’ll realize the possibility to create a full tailor’s store.

Keep in touch with Sable and Mable every day after you open the Able Sisters’ shop. The longer you talk to her, the more she’ll open up about her past and offer you her own unique ideas.

The shop will open within a few days of you finding a location. A computer kiosk may be found on the back wall of the store.

Connect to the internet by interacting with the Kiosk. It will be possible to search for custom designs using a creator code or item code, as well as share your own designs, if you have Nintendo Online access.

New Horizons Custom Designs and QR Codes

You may find great QR and code products for yourself in the online communities of Animal Crossing: New Horizons gamers.

Searching “Animal Crossing QR Codes” on Twitter or the ACQR subreddit (link) (link).

Your own QR codes may be generated by submitting jpeg images to ACToolKit (linked).

Fabric, blouses, skirts, shorts, and even hats may be found here, all emblazoned with whatever you can think of.

There are cute, trendy outfits, character cosplays, and, of course, memes galore. As far as the eye can see, there are memes.

You only need one QR code for flat prints. In order to capture all four sides of a 3-dimensional object like a t-shirt, you’ll need four QR codes. If you want to use newly developed patterns, simply enter the code at the Able Sisters.

Some of our favorites so far are listed below.

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The Best Animal Crossing: New Horizons Custom Designs: Theme Your Island For Winter

If you’re playing in the northern hemisphere, winter has arrived in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Some of our favorite seasonal designs are featured here.

  • In Isabelle’s sweater,
  • A snowy trail
  • Clothing for the holidays
  • Summertime Christmas
  • Sweaters that are unattractive (with a gaming theme)
  • Hoodies for cats

Regardless of the season, these personalized designs will help you get started on making your island a little more unique, from cosplaying as your favorite fictional characters to adding a few more diverse designs.


All my custom designs look rubbish. What am I doing wrong?

One of the most common blunders made by Animal Crossing gamers while designing their own homes is overcomplicating things. If you’re building a Zelda-themed island, you could want to depict Tom Nook wielding the Master Sword against Ganondorf.

It’s an interesting concept, but it’s too complicated for Animal Crossing’s grid-based personalization system to handle. You’re far better off starting with simple shapes and pictures.

Why not start with the Tri-Force if you’re going to continue with the Zelda theme? To get a feel for the customisation system, start with something simple (like the Tri-three Force’s yellow triangles) and work your way up to more sophisticated designs as your skills and confidence grow.

Why can’t I use the touch screen to draw my designs?

Animal Crossing’s customisation tool uses a grid system that may not be able to adequately depict your designs, which is a shame because doodle designs on the Switch’s touchscreen would be a lot of fun.

The touchscreen, on the other hand, can be used to post announcements to the town’s noticeboard. So, if you’re thinking of making some touchscreen art, that’s where you should start.


Let us know if you still have any questions in the section below. In the meantime, enjoy your new island home to the fullest!