Here’s two things I can’t resist; a cushion and sugar skull design. I really didn’t need another cushion I’ve made so many, but the fun of it took over.
What you will need:
2x large felt squares
Assorted felt scraps for appliqué
Assorted embroidery thread
(I also used Sublime Stitching iron-on designs for the appliqué).
What to do:
Cut a number of shapes from your felt scraps. These will be used to decorate the cushion. Traditional designs are flowers, hearts and diamonds. I used Sublime Stitching iron-on designs to give me the flower shapes.
Next, mark out a skull on your large pieces of felt and add a 1 inch seam allowance – but don’t cut it yet!
Lay your shapes on top and decide how you want to arrange them. You will need to do this for the front and back.
Once you have positioned your pieces, take a photo of them so you can remember where they go.
You may wish to use some shapes for the features. I used roses for the eyes and an upside-down heart for the nose.
It’s also nice to use a variety of stitches. I used back, chain, feather and rope stitch, plus satin stitch to fill in the black on the mouth.
Now it’s time to embroider your small pieces and the skull (not having cut it yet means you can position the felt in an embroidery hoop, which will make it easier to sew.)
You can either embroider the pieces straight on to the skull or embroider them first and stick them on using all-purpose glue. I found the latter best as it means you don’t have to sew round the edges to keep the shape in place. Also, sewing two layers of felt can be slightly stiff!
Once you’ve finished your embroidery and appliqué, place the two pieces with their faces together and sew round leaving a small gap for the stuffing.
Turn right-side out, stuff with padding and hand sew the hole.