DIY Skeleton Pillow

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Learn how to make a DIY skeleton pillow with a free SVG cut file. Use fabric and iron-on vinyl for a fun Halloween sewing project.

Happy skeletons are such a fun part of Halloween. I’ve wanted to make a skeleton pillow cover for awhile, and I finally designed a free skeleton SVG cut file that you can use in all your Halloween projects.

This year there are a lot of skeleton pillows that are actually sewn in the shape of a skeleton shape with moveable legs and arms. I didn’t want to figure out how to sew that shape, but if you wanted to you could still use this skeleton SVG to make one of those.

DIY Skeleton Pillow

What is an SVG file?

An SVG file is a scalable vector graphics or an image format that can be scaled large or small without losing any details. It’s a great way for sharing images that can be used in cutting machines since the image will stay perfect even if the size is changed.

DIY Skeleton Pillow

Can this design be used on Cricut, Silhouette, and Brother?

SVG files are great and can be used with any cutting machine as long as the machine’s program can have files added to it.

DIY Skeleton Pillow

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DIY Skeleton Pillow

DIY Skeleton Pillow Cover


  • Free skeleton SVG cut file – get it at the end of the post behind the locked content box
  • 1 yard of purple fabric (or another solid color that will pop behind a white skeleton)
  • White Cricut Iron-on vinyl* at least 12 inches wide by 24 inches long
  • Lumbar pillow form 14 inches by 28 inches
  • Sewing tools
  • Sewing machine
  • Cutting machine like the Cricut Maker 3* and tools
  • Easypress 3*
DIY Skeleton Pillow supplies

Cut out three rectangles from the fabric

  • One rectangle 15 inches by 29 inches
  • One square 15 inches by 15 inches
  • One rectangle 15 inches by 18 inches
cut three pieces of purple fabric

The two smaller pieces are going to overlap in the back for an envelope style pillow cover. Hem one short end of each piece with a 1/4 inch double fold hem. Press hem in place.

hem two short sides of back pieces

Use a cutting machine to cut out the skeleton. I made my skeleton 23.5 inches tall and about 6 inches wide.

cut skeleton from iron on vinyl with cricut maker 3

Weed the skeleton design.

weed skeleton design

Start heating up your easypress. Center the skeleton on the biggest rectangle.

center skeleton on front fabric piece

Use the Easypress to apply the skeleton to the fabric.

use easypress to fuse to fabric

Once it cools peel the plastic backing off.

let cool and peel off plastic backing

Place the largest piece right side up. Place the square on with right side down. Match up the top two raw corners of the square with the top raw corners of the front.

Next place the remaining rectangle on with right side down. Match up the bottom two raw corners of the back rectangle with the bottom raw corners of the front.

Pin all the layers together.

place front and back fabrics right sides together

Sew around the edge with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Finish the edges if you want.

sew around edge and finish edges

Trim the corners to reduce the bulk. Do not cut through the stitches.

trim corners

Turn the pillow cover right side out and poke out the corners.

turn cover right side out

Insert the lumbar pillow form into the skeleton pillow cover.

insert pillow form into pillow cover

You finished!

DIY Skeleton Pillow

Get the Free SVG Cut File Below!

Get the free skeleton SVG cut file here

DIY Skeleton Pillow

If you make something using this free SVG file, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

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I believe small sewing moments can create great joy. Find your own “right” way to sew. -Heather

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