Monday, October 28, 2013

Halloween Skull Ornament DIY


Hi, this is Louana from Eleventh Monkey! I was an August baby and had planned to post a plush tutorial for my birthday post all the way back in August. But I was a bit busy moving from San Francisco to England. But now the move is over and I am here to post my belated birthday post! Since it's Halloween week, I thought it would be fun to make Halloween Skull Ornaments together!

This tutorial will show you how to stitch one by hand, but of course you can also use the template below to make skull ornaments with a sewing machine. They will look slightly different, the green skull ornament in the photo above is hand stitched, the orange one is (mostly) machine stitched. This template is for your felt shapes. Print the template and resize it into the size you'd like your skull ornament to be.

Here's a list of things you will need to make your own handstitched Halloween Skull Ornament:

Now, let's get started! Don't worry it's not hard, just follow the steps below and soon you'll have your very own plush Halloween Skull.

1. Take one felt "face" piece and the felt "eye" piece. Thread your needle with some embroidery floss and stitch the heart eye in place. You can use any stitch you'd like, but I suggest a double running stitch. It starts as a regular running stitch and then you turn around and fill in the gaps:

2. Stitch three lines with embroidery floss that will serve as eye lashes for the second button eye. Attach the button over the lower part of the eye lashes:

3. To outline the skull's teeth use embroidery floss and an overcast stitch. For each teeth divider, stitch two long lines right next to each other to create padding, and cover it with small stitches at right angles to the padding stitches:

4. Make a knot in the ribbon and place that in between the two felt "face" pieces, the decorated "face" piece goes on top. Pin everything together.

5. Now use your thread (you don't need your embroidery floss anymore) to stitch together the felt "face" pieces. Leave an opening at the bottom to stuff the ornament later (see illustration above). Make sure every stitch goes through all layers. Especially when you get to the top of the skull, the needle has to go through both layers of felt and the ribbon to secure the ornament loop in place. Use a blanket stitch, so when you bring out the needle on the other side make sure you pass it over your working thread, and pull it tight before you insert the needle again to make the next stitch:

6. Fill the skull with stuffing until the ornament has the desired firmness, and then continue stitching to close the bottom opening. Then take a photo of your finished skull, upload it, and leave a link in the comments. All us Plush Teamers would love to see your creations!

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