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DIY Sugar Skull Pillow for Día de los Muertos

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Not only is it time for Halloween but it's almost Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), so you can decorate your home for the holiday with a DIY sugar skull pillow using Aleene's Fabric Glue and Tulip Dimensional Paint. Together, they help you make a detailed sugar skull with felt and paint and, best of all, minimal sewing. This small, simple pillow is perfect for displaying for the season!

What you need:

  • 1/2 yard light colored felt
  • Variety of colored felt sheets
  • 8 1/2 x 11 inch sugar skull printout 
  • Scissors
  • Aleene’s Fabric Glue
  • Tulip Dimensional Paint
  • Pillow stuffing
  • Needles
  • Hand sewing needle and thread
  • Sewing machine


Step 1: Cut out the printout of the sugar skull.

Step 2: Fold 1/2 yard of felt in half and use the sugar skull printout as a stencil to draw a skull shape that is at least 1 inch wider than the template. Drawing it larger is important to allow for seams and create a slightly larger pillow.

Step 3: Cut the traced felt to create two equal-sized pieces.

Step 4: Pin sides of the felt together and leave a small section at the bottom open/unpinned.

Step 5: Sew all the way around the felt, leaving the designated section at the bottom open. Back stitch at each end and trim loose threads.

Step 6: Stuff the pillow with stuffing until full.

Step 7: Use the hand stitching needle and matching thread to sew up the opening with an invisible stitch.

Step 8: Cut out several of embellishments on the sugar skull to use as templates, such as a nose, eyes and mouth and other decorations. Trace on various colors of felt (with a little space around them) and cut.

Step 9: Use Aleene’s Fabric Glue to glue the felt pieces onto the sewn pillow. Repeat with all embellishments, and feel free to overlap pieces on top of each other.

Step 10: Use Tulip Dimensional Paint to add other, smaller details on the pillow, such as dots and swirls that would be too detailed to make with felt. Let dry for several hours. 


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Published Date

October 19, 2017