Vibrant colors and a world of memorable meaning characterize the Sugar Skulls of Día de Muertos, the Mexican celebration that honors departed loved ones. Originally sugary treats, stitched versions are a popular part of the festivity’s art, too. Sew up a joyful project and participate in this beautiful custom as you treasure the memories of cherished family members!
Sugar Skull Mug Rug
This wonderful Sugar Skulls Mug Rug was designed by Erika for Bernina’s We All Sew blog. Fuse, cut, make a quilt sandwich and you’re on your way to the fun of colorful stitching! You’ll start by following Erika’s great tips for thread sketching and strategies for your design. Her free Sugar Skull stitching pattern is the perfect guideline for your unique plan! Erika is the perfect guide for any one with intermediate sewing skills who would like to learn free-motion stitching. You’ll learn so much from this beautiful project as you sew, including creating self-binding for your mug rug! Click here for the Sugar Skull Mug Rug tutorial.
Felt Sugar Skull Sachets
Embellished with colorful stitches and stuffed with your favorite scent, these beautiful Felt Sugar Skull Sachets will be a marvelous treasure! Rachel of the Adventures in Making blog loves to experiment with designs and includes inspiration for felt and stitched details. You’ll find lots of room for personal expression in her quick, make-it-in-an-evening design. Not a fan of hand embroidery? This would be a great time to play with colorful machine embroidery threads and the variety of decorative stitches on your sewing machine. Erika includes a free downloadable skull template to make designing easy! Click here for the Felt Sugar Skull Sachets tutorial.
Sugar Skull Kitty Plushies
Designer Choly of the Sew Desu Ne? blog loves the ornate artistry of Día de Muertos. A well-known plushie designer and book author, Choly created a Sugar Skull Kitty Plushie with a free, detailed PDF pattern. Kitty’s Sugar Skull style mask is perfect for honoring a departed pet with it’s charming, colorful stitches. Choly attached kitty’s arms and legs with bright buttons to tie into the stitching and create moveable limbs. Choose Minky or another soft, plush fabric to make kitty a cuddly, thoughtful gift for anyone who has lost a pet. Click here for the Sugar Skull Kitty Plushie tutorial.
Glow in the Dark Sugar Skull
Always cheerful and fun, Rob Appell’s Glow in the Dark Sugar Skull YouTube video is a great opportunity for learning. If you’ve never tried thread painting, Rob will teach you his easy Thread Painting techniques and valuable tips you’ll use for future projects, too. His free PDF template is the basis for his skull stitching delight. Use Coats Glow in the Dark Embroidery Thread to make your Sugar Skull pop with light. Or play with some of the 37 colors of Coats Trilobal Machine Embroidery Thread instead! Anyway you go, you’ll enjoy creating this beautiful, honoring art for the back of a shirt, a tote or the center of a wall quilt. Click here for the Glow in the Dark Sugar Skull tutorial.
Sugar Skull Hoodie Applique
Nancy’s Notions features a stunning Sugar Skull Applique Hoodie in a marvelous YouTube tutorial you’ll love! Although, their PDF template is no longer available, you could easily use Rob’s (above) to create this beautiful design. You’ll fussy-cut a gorgeous floral fabric for the Sugar Skull’s headdress. Then add sewing machine stitches and other fabrics to complete your masterpiece of memories. If you’re a lover of bling, add hot-fix crystals, beads or sequins to make the design uniquely one-of-a-kind. Click here for the Sugar Skull Hoodie YouTube tutorial.
Sweet as a Sugar Skull Table Topper
Gather fabric scraps, fat quarters and batting and you’ll be ready to stitch Cynthia Frenette’s free Sugar Skulls Table Topper design! Fusible applique creates most of the design and stitching is minimal. But you can easily customize the table topper with added stitches and extra color if you like! Cynthia’s easy steps for folding and cutting a circle for the sugar skull base are great. Plus her tips for keeping track of applique pieces are a joy. She includes nice details on applying each piece, too. All that’s left is your choice of allover quilting! Click here for Cynthia’s free Sweet as a Sugar Skull Table Topper pattern on Craftsy.
Embroidered Sugar Skull Pillow
And, finally, a gorgeous Embroidered Sugar Skull pillow to honor loving memories! Designed by Berene of the Happy Sew Lucky Etsy shop, this instant download PDF pattern is available for a nominal fee. You’ll choose a beautiful background fabric, follow Berene’s sugary stitching instructions and enjoy creating a pillow full of love! Click here for the Embroidered Sugar Skull Pillow pattern info on Etsy.
Stitching Sugar Skull Memories
Many of us became familiar with Día de Muertos through the delightful, family honoring Disney™ movie, Coco. Inspired by that joy, sewing offers so many wonderful, creative ways to celebrate the lives of our families. Let the sweet memories of those lives guide you in your making and take beautiful shape in the incredible colors of Sugar Skull stitching!