Mini Sugar Skull Embroidery: A Free Pattern from Rebel Craft Media

06 Oct 2014


Today we have a guest project and a really cool new magazine from Rebel Craft Media. I'll let Shannon take over and share the works…

Hello! My name is Shannon Miller and I’m a co-founder at Rebel Craft Media. We are a brand new small crafts publisher, and are thrilled to have launched our online store and premiered our new digital craft magazine, The WhipperCrafter, just last week.

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The WhipperCrafter is a bimonthly, web-based “mini magazine” that will contain about 10 projects per issue. Our first edition is themed “Toil & Trouble” for Halloween, and inside you’ll find a little something for just about every kind of crafter – from a Poisoned Apple mini quilt and a simple skull bracelet to a paper witch hat fascinator and even seasonal party ideas (including cocktail recipes).

One of my favorite projects is the ultra-creepy Haunted Portrait collection – with glowsticks taped behind their cutout eyes, they would make anybody jump. I also may or may not have consumed about 15 of the delicious Broomsticks with Poison Apple Butter at our photoshoot (and the instructions are so easy, I think even my kitchen-challenged self could make them).


In celebration of The WhipperCrafter – and all things Halloween – I’m so excited that Diane has invited us to share this exclusive mini sugar skull embroidery design just for the CraftyPod crowd. Here are some simple instructions, though many of you will just need the printable design, which you can download here. Enjoy!

What you need:

  • • Mini Sugar Skull embroidery template
  • • Background fabric, at least 5" square
  • • White embroidery floss
  • • Basic embroidery supplies (transfer pen, needle and scissors)
  • • Mini embroidery hoop
  • • Craft glue

How to make it:

1. Press the fabric. Use your preferred method to transfer the embroidery design onto the center of the fabric. (Diane's note: Wendi has a useful video on transfer techniques.)

2. Hoop the fabric and embroider the design as desired. I used 3 strands of white floss to backstitch over the lines, lazy daisy stitch over the petals and made French knots over the dots.

3. Remove the transfer pen markings if needed. Press the fabric and frame your finished design in a mini embroidery hoop. Trim away the excess fabric from the back of the frame and glue down any remaining fabric.


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This fun, simple sugar skull project is a small sampling of the type of projects you’ll find inside this and future issues of the magazine.

If you enjoyed it, we hope you’ll head over to the Rebel Craft shop and check out The WhipperCrafter “Toil & Trouble” issue; and stay tuned for more sewing pattern releases coming in October, including a geometric baby quilt and a duffel-style travel bag. We’ve got lots of exciting things up our sleeve, and we’d love to have you along for the ride!