How To Get Custom Designs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing New Horizons

Looking to get some custom clothes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons? It’s easier than you may think.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has a great selection of clothes for players to choose from, but it is also incredibly fun to be able to customise your character with designs that you’ve made or you’ve found on the internet. But how exactly do you get a hold of these designs?

The first way is through a real life app on your smart phone that allows you to scan QR codes in order to import a design onto your pro designer app. You’ll be able to purchase the pro designer app from the Nook Stop in Resident Services once it has been unlocked for you.


You’ll need to download the Nintendo App onto your phone as well as access the settings for Animal Crossing: New Horizons which you’ll find by clicking the minus button when you’re on the main menu. Follow the steps to connect your Switch to your phone using Nook Link. From there, you can click on the Animal Crossing: New Horizons image under “Game-Specific Services) in the Nintendo app, choose Designs, and then Scan a QR code. You can then scan in codes that others have uploaded to the internet.

If you’re looking to scan in your own images because you want a picture of you and bae in your living room you can do that with a website like AC Patterns. AC Patterns lets you upload an image into the editor, browse others creations and more before converting it into a QR code you can scan in.

Another easy way to get designs is to use the Custom Designs area in Mabel’s shop. Mabel will show up on your island randomly within your first few days. After you speak with her at least three times she’ll ask about opening a shop. After the shop is built you can interact with that section of the shop and from there you can type in either a designers code or a code for a specific design into it in order to transport it to your Designer Pro app. From there you’ll be able to place those designs on your island or on your character and enjoy the luxuries of a unique design. You need Nintendo Online in order to access this feature in Mabel’s shop though.

And there you have it. Uploading customs designs from the internet to enjoy in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is pretty simple. Now go enjoy putting up troll faces and dressing up as Bowsette because in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, no one judges you.