Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skull Fabric Painting Project
Use our easy instuctions for our version of Sugar Skulls without the weight gain! Featuring Jacquards Textile Colors, Lumiere 3D metallic fabric paints and embroidery to create a multi dimensional, bright and fun pillow covers. Included in these fabric painting instructions are the measurements and guide to covering a pillow. Using Linen fabrics for the pillow backs and Organic cotton fabrics for the front of the pillow. Customize your space with painted pillow covers using Jacquard's Textile colors, professional quality fabric paints. Permanent on any fiber and easy heat setting to set color.
Step 1. Choose your pillow cover front fabric and cut it to 18 inches square, tape it down taut to your working surface. Check out our Cotton canvas fabrics
Choose your paint colors, acrylic is permanent on fabrics. I used Jacquard Textile Colors
Flourescent fabric paint
to make bright fun sugar skulls for Dia de los Muertos or Halloween.
Step 2. Cut out your template for the sugar skull. I downloaded this one just for the shape of the skull and design inspiration but NOT to reproduce exactly. If you can draw, then free hand is ok too. Center your pattern on front piece of pillow fabric, outline the skull with pencil.
Step 3. After you transfer your skull shape with pencil, use a taklon or other synthetic brush suitable for acrylic paints and fill skull in with opaque white fabric paint.
Get a good layer of white on so that you can see your other colors bright and clear, use two coats of white paint
Step 4. Use your creativity and imagination to draw out the rest or the skull, you can also use the template you've downloaded to copy the eye and nose parts. Just lay paper cutout over skull sillouette and use a pencil to press over lines and make an impression on your white skull.
Draw out your designs with pencil. Take your time to create an original art piece that will sparkle with color. Use floral design, spirals, leaves or a catholic cross to mimic an authentic sugar skull. Paint in design with fabric paints
Step 5. I used the flourescent fabric paints
as my base for the main color areas. They provide the bright pizazz that make the skull jump off the fabric.
Step 6. After the main designs are painted you can go in with the detail. I used Lumiere 3D
for a metallic, 3 dimensional look.
I loved coordinating colors and adding the final touches of detail. It really made the design pop.
Step 7. Now for the background. Use a regular kitchen sponge (fresh and well rinsed) and cut out a circle, star or any shape you want to repeat on the background.
Step 8. Carefully plan out where you want the circles, space them either symetrically or random across the background. I used Metallic Silver Lumiere fabric paint
mixed with black to create a dark silver color. Mix well and spread on a palatte, lightly press sponge onto paint, covering entire design evenly. You will have to reapply the paint for each circle. A sponge with tighter holes will cover more evenly, I spun the stamp around to completely cover the fabric and then went back in with a brush and more paint.
Step 9. Once your design is finished you can start planning what color you want on the back of the pillow. I used a linen fabric
that comes in a multitude of brilliant colors and has a nice weight for home decor. You can also create a wall hanging, a quilt with a skull for each square! Color galore!
Step 10. Choose an interfacing
for your pillow top to add weight to the cotton. I used fusible fleece
to add a little loft so that when I embroidered it would add dimension and weight.
Step 11. When you fuse the interfacing to the fabric you'll also be heat setting the painting. Set your iron to the hottest setting. Be sure to protect your iron and your painting by placing muslin or other cotton fabric over the top of the fabric.The interfacing will be below pillow top with fusible side up so it sticks to the back of your painting. Iron until fusible has bonded with the backside of your painted fabric.
Step 12. Now for the pillow back! Choose 1/2 yard of a 54-60" wide regular/ linen weight fabric
, or of a 45" wide upholstery fabric
. You need the extra width to add weight to your pilow case back.
This is for 54" fabric- Lay the fabric out and cut 18 inches off the length. Fold that piece in half and press. This will be the inside layer of the envelope pocket pillow back. You should now have a 18" x 18" square folded in half and the remainder of the other piece.
Step 13. Take the other linen piece and along the 18 inch side fold it so that you have a large 8 inch hem and then fold in again so that the raw edge of the hem is inside the fold. This is going to add weight to the top piece of the envelope pillow back.
Step 14. Sew along the hem fold with coordinating color or for extra fun choose a contrasting color. You can also hand stich with embroidery floss for a more hand crafted look. At this point, if you want, you would embroider on the front of your pillow as well, before sewing the front to the back.
Step 15. If you would like to add a contrasting ribbon trim
for the outside edge follow the next three steps. If not continue on to step 18.
Choose a 2 inch wide silk ribbon
and fold in half, pin to outside edge of pillow to with the raw edges againt fabric edge, overlap ends.
Step 16. When you get to a corner use extra ribbon to fold on either side, this will allow the trim to round the corner and create a little corner ruffle. Pin all corners.
Step 17. Pin ribbon trim, at the end match up the ribbon and sew a seam to connect the two ends. Sew along all four sides 1/4 inch from raw edges.
Trim extra ribbon off the ends to 1 inch and fold the edges down towards outside edge of fabric.
Step 18. Layer the back pieces on top of the pillow cover top so that their outside edges meet the outside edges of the top , you will have an opening in the center where you can slip the pillow insert, sew around outside of edges . Turn right side out and insert pillow
Have fun coordinating your backing fabric
to the front design, contrast the color of ribbon trim for a fun finish or just keep it simple with a plain edge.
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