Crafternoon How-To: Sugar Skull Brooches

Sugar Skulls are just gorgeous aren’t they!  But there aren’t that many occasions to paint a great sugar skull design on your face SO here is the answer: sugar skull brooches to give you your daily day of the dead fix in a subtle and sassy way.

Once you have your base, and the basic features sorted it’s over to you for your design to run wild!  So here are some inspirational pics to get you going:

Let’s get started!

You will need:

The Ingredients
The Ingredients
  • Template – I hand drew mine on card.  You’ll need a piece the same size for the centre of your brooch too
  • Embroidery thread – a mix of thicker embroidery and thin white thread for beading and to edge the brooch
  • White Felt
  • A scrap of darker felt/material for the eyes and nose
  • Beads
  • Brooch back

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Step One: Cut!

Cut out two skulls on your white felt using your template.  One will be your backing and one will be decorated to be the front of the brooch.  Sew your brooch back onto the backing piece of felt with white thread.

sugar skull pieces

sugar skull pieces

Step Two: Features

Cut two circles for your eyes, and a heart for the nose from your darker felt or other material.  Now choose a contrasting thread and sew around the edge of the eyes with outward pointing lines.  I used red which is quite pretty while also making the eyes look a bit bloodshot – gory glamour!  I then sewed the nose in place with blue embroidery thread.

sugar skull brooch details

The eyes have it...
The eyes have it…

Step Three: design, design, design

Time to start embroidering.  First sew your ghoulish mouth into place with embroidery thread.  Now add all of your design elements: beading, embroidery, flowers, sequins, whatever will look amazing!

sugar skull brooch

sugar skull brooch

Step Four: Sew It Up!

Time to put this brooch together.  Unless your felt is really thick you’ll need some card inside to stiffen it.  Cut out some card just smaller than your template outline to go in between your backing and decorated front piece.  Now using thin white thread and a tiny needle sew your brooch sandwich together all the way round.  depending on size you could sue a running stitch around the outline of your brooch or you can use your stitches to pull in loose edges by sewing into the top and then pulling the thread through and round to sew through the top again.

sugar skull brooch pieces



And you’re done!!


Put on, rock out, Happy Crafternoon!

Photography by Hannah Cox.  Covered under copyright © creativise

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