I'm having trouble figuring out how to properly pin cloth to a moving object. The cloth is acting as a mane for a horse and therefore needs to be pinned in multiple places. I've looked at several tutorials but can't really 'transfer' the technique used to get the result I want. How can I pin cloth to multiple points on a moving model?


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  • Select the cloth. Enter Weight paint mode with CtrlTab, assign weights of 1 to the vertices you want to pin (paint with brush these vertices red)
  • In cloth physics settings, check 'pinning' and select the vertex group
  • Then enter Object mode with CtrlTab. Make sure to select the cloth first and then the object you want to pin on.
  • Parent the cloth to the object with CtrlP and select 'Set parent to object'
  • $\begingroup$ This solution should work just as well as the hook modifier (and is simpler), as long as all vertices are to be pinned as a unit to a single item. If you want parts pinned to one bone and other parts to another bone, the hook modifier might become necessary. $\endgroup$
    – Mutant Bob
    Jun 25, 2015 at 17:32
  • $\begingroup$ Basically pin part of the cloth and then parent the cloth object so the pin follows the parent around? $\endgroup$
    – TheLabCat
    Jan 24, 2020 at 14:32
  1. Pin a vertex group in your cloth sim settings
  2. Hook those pin vertices to something. For my test I used Ctrl-h to hook them to a new empty. You will probably hook them to a bone or something.
  3. Go into the modifier panel and move the Hook-Empty modifier above the cloth modifier in the stack.

After doing that, I was able to drag the cloth around by animating the empty.

  • $\begingroup$ This method is definitely not working for me. The hook is being completely ignored by the simulation no matter what I try. I have tried assigning the vertex's to a group and choosing that as a group in the hook modified, and I have tried the hook modifier in both positions above and below the cloth modifier. It is absolutely ignoring the hook. Stumped. $\endgroup$ Aug 24 at 13:57

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