We hosted our first annual Halloween party in 1994. The invitations were shaped like ghosts, and we used an orange marker, that was too large for the tightly spaced black lines, to write out the party details.
We served homemade chili and cinnamon rolls, awarded the best costumes, and sent the guests on a citywide scavenger hunt. These things became the foundation of every party to follow.
There was no theme and, though we did have decorations, the only piece I remember was a banner that I just loved and still have to this day.
Every Halloween season, party or no party, I dig out a few banners to add to the spooky decor. I have one for most all holidays as they are easy to display, hang from almost anywhere, and are usually large enough to make an impact. So, it was a no-brainer to create a banner from this pattern.
The pattern comes with three skull faces. You can mix it up or use the same face for your entire banner. One color or multiple colors, the choice is yours. You can make it as small or large as you want to fit any space. Best of all, you can make it as long as you want based on your skull size and how many skulls you use.
These skellies are simple enough to cut by hand but your Cricut Maker will whip these out so fast you’ll be able to wrap up this project in record time. Decorative hand-stitch is my preferred method, but a sewing machine or glue will get the job done.
- Craft felt in two colors
- Embroidery floss or thread
- Ribbon (not shown)
To machine cut:
- SVG Cut File
- Cutting machine with mat and blade
- Embroidery needle
NOTE: If using a cutting machine, be sure to secure your material to the proper mat for your machine. Select the appropriate cutting settings and install the correct cutting blade for the material.
To hand cut:
- Pattern PDF
- Marking pen or pencil (not shown)
- Embroidery needle
Before You Get Started:
Get your free copy of this pattern from the Haunted Library.
If you are going to use a cutting machine, upload the pattern file to your design software. To cut by hand, print, cut out the pattern, and trace onto materials.
1. Cut one skull face and one base skull, each from a different color of felt.
2. Place the skull face on top of the skull base.
3. With your needle and embroidery floss, secure the two pieces together using a blanket stitch.
TIP: I used all six strands of embroidery floss but you can use any number you wish.
Optional: Use a straight or decorative stitch around the eyes and nose.
4. Run ribbon through the slits in the back of the base skull and hang.
TIP: To keep your skulls from sliding down the ribbon, use a ribbon that fits tightly in the slits or secure with a small stitch.
5. That’s it! Now you’re ready to party.