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Cute Skull Applique Pattern

“Goth Motif?”

We have a cute skull applique pattern that can be used on a variety of projects.  Use it for everything from a Goth motif to a project for anyone who is just into skulls.

To complete this applique there are 2 special techniques that will be used.  Don’t worry.  We’ll walk you through every step of the way.


This is what the cute skull pattern looks like when it’s completed.

To get this easy free pattern click here for the free PDF version of the pattern:

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Once you have your copy of the pattern, come back here to learn how to make it come to life.


These are the steps to complete the pattern.

First you must save the pattern and adjust the size if needed.

Print out the pattern.  Decide which fabrics will be the different pieces of the pattern and what will be the background fabric.

Then trace the whole design, inner and outer lines, on to some fusible adhesive.  We prefer Heat n Bond because it’s high quality and extremely affordable.  

If this is the brand you choose, use ultra-hold for non-washable wall hangings and lite-hold for anything that will see the washer. 

The lite-hold is the only one that can be stitched down.  We don’t want to gum up your needles or cause a fun project to be the one to make you scream at the top of your lungs. Don’t want to scare the neighbors. ;) 

Next, cut out your design in between the lines or on the outer line.  The object is to leave some fusible to be trimmed away later.

Place the fusible pieces onto the back of the desired fabric.  Make sure the adhesive side is against the wrong side of the material.  It could get mess if the adhesive side touches the iron.   Ewe.

Then, with a medium hot iron, press the fusible and count to 3. 

Now that the fusible is on the fabric, cut fabric along the inner lines so that most of the ink from the tracing doesn’t show.  This particular step is what helps the designs look so good and have less fraying or whiskers on the edges.

This is where the first technique comes into play.  For each tooth of this design, your skull piece needs to be folded slightly so that the line is at the edge.  Cut the line away with your scissors. Do this for each tooth line in the pattern.

After that is accomplished, arrange the applique in the ideal position on the background fabric. 

This is where the layering technique is done.  The eyes and the nose pieces are place on top of the skull in your desired locations.

To Finish

Did you find the perfect locations?

Wonderful.  Iron press the pieces into place.  When you press down with the iron count to 5.

Once that is finished it’s time to stitch it down with a satin stitch if you planned to do so.  This is done with a tight zigzag stitch. 


Wrap Up

Skulls aren’t just for Halloween and the Day of the Dead.  Some people like skulls year around. 

That’s why this cute skull applique pattern will make the perfect quilt those special loved ones. 

When you make them something using this pattern, it shows that not only do you love them, but you know what they would like. 

For friends and family, that can make all the difference in the world.  They will appreciated it and YOU for how much you truly care about them.

Until next time.

Happy quilting,

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