Stenciled Skull Pillow Cover

Stenciled Skull Pillow Cover

What You'll Need:

18" x 48" Fabric Muslin
16" pillow
Andy Skinner Day of the Dead Stencil
Jacquard Textile Colors
Mini Black Pom Trim
Sewing Machine
White Thread
Tape Measure
Straight Pins
Fabri-tac Glue
16" Cardboard
Sponge Dabber

Difficulty Level: Beginner Level Sewing Machine Experience Necessary
Approximate Time: 2 Hours (Not Including Drying Time)

How to Make a Stenciled Skull Pillow Cover

Decorate for Halloween with your own Skull Pillow Cover! Sew, use a stencil and add bright colors to create this not so spooky cover.
  • 1 Lay the fabric & pin

    Lay the 18" x 48" fabric flat. At both 18" ends, pin a 4 1/2" hem.

  • 2 Rearrange the fabric

    After pinning the hems, flip the fabric cover over so the pins are now facing down.

  • 3 Create a pocket

    Fold one of the pinned hem ends up and over 9" to the right, towards the center of the 48" length. Lay this end section folded over and right on top, making a pocket.

  • 4 Fold the other hemmed end

    Take the other hemmed end and fold it up and over 13" to the left, towards the center. This section should overlap the pinned hem edge of the 9" pocket made in step #3.

  • 5 Note:

    Use a tape measure to make sure that you have a 17" x 18" folded fabric pillow cover. The hem pins can be left in place until after you have completed sewing.

  • 6 Attach additional pins

    Next, use three to four additional pins running in straight rows about 1" in from each of the two open outside edges of the pillow cover.

  • 7 Sew the pillow cover

    Sew both of the pinned edges closed with straight stitch lines, running them parallel with the open edges, 1/2" in from the open outside edges. This will make a 17" x 17" square pillow cover that has a 1/2" seam allowance on both of the sewn closed edges. Use scissors to trim the extra thread at each end.

  • 8 Remove the pins

    Remove the pins and turn the cover right side out.

  • 9 Insert cardboard

    Insert the cardboard into the pillow cover.

  • 10 Apply stencil to the pillow

    Using the photo as a guide, arrange the skull stencil at the top right and apply a small amount of paint with a sponge dabber to the stencil.

  • 11 Repeat

    Repeat step #9 with other colors all over the pillow cover. Let it dry.

  • 12 Attach pom trim to the pillow

    Cut two sections of pom trim to fit across the top and bottom seams. Glue in place.

  • 13 Remove the cardboard & stuff

    Remove the cardboard and stuff with a 16" pillow.