Spooky Skeleton Cameo Halloween Pillow

Spooky Skeleton Cameo Halloween Pillow

It’s October 1! Which means we can officially break out the Halloween decor! Though I will confess – I’ve put a few things out already. I’m sneaky like that.

My style for Halloween leans towards Black and White, Vintage and a lot of inspiration from the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. So fun and spooky but not really scary. This Spooky Skeleton Cameo Halloween Pillow is the perfect way to add a bit of vintage Halloween style to your decor!

DIY Skeleton PIllow

It’s all decorated up with lace and pom pom trim – because I feel strongly that pillows should have pom pom trim. It’s a weakness of mine. :) It’s an easy pillow to put together too – just basic sewing skills are needed!

Skeleton Halloween Pillow

I think he’s pretty cute myself. I just love his little snaggle teeth and those polkadots!

Here’s what you need to make your own:

  • 1 – 16″ x 16″ Pillow Form
  • Black Fabric for Base – 1/2 yard
  • White Fabric for base of cameo – 9″ x 11″ piece
  • Pom pom trim and lace for cameo
  • Black Fabric for Skull – 8″ x 10″
  • Fusible Webbing
  • Ribbon for bow – 1/3 yard
  • Pom pom trim for pillow edging – 2 yards
  • Skull and Cameo Pattern

Print out pattern and cut out oval. Press fusible webbing to the wrong side of the white fabric and cut out oval shape.

Fabric Skull for Pillow

Press fusible webbing to wrong side of skull fabric. Cut skull from black fabric. Cut out one 17″ x 17″ piece of fabric for pillow front. Remove paper backing from fusible webbing and press the oval, then the skull to the pillow front.

Iron skull to pillow front

This is optional, but if you plan on washing your pillow cover at any point, sew down the skull and cameo base with a small zig zag stitch along the edges of both.

Also, it’s mind-boggling how your black fabric can look perfectly fine while you’re sewing, but once you take a photo of it and put it on your blog, it looks like your cat has been rolling around on it in a fit or something. I promise that didn’t happen.

Zigzag Skull to Fabric

Lay the small black pom pom trim along the edge of the oval, with the pom poms facing in. Sew the trim over the edge of the white oval.

Sew Pom Pom Trim to Pillow Ffront

Sew the lace trim over the edge of the black pom pom trim, so the lace is facing out. Stop and start the lace at the bottom of the cameo  – so the seam will be covered up with the ribbon.

Sewing Lace to Pillow

Create a small ribbon bow and hand sew it in place at the bottom of the pillow.

Striped Ribbon for pillow

Now we’re going to add more pom pom trim around the edge of the front – because if you can double the amount of pom poms in a project why wouldn’t you? :)

Sew the trim so the edge runs along the raw edges of the pillow front. The pom poms should face in towards the pillow. Don’t stretch the trim as you sew it on. That will make the fabric pucker, and it can also shrink down the size of your square.

Pom Pom Trim for Pillow

For the back, cut one piece 17″ x 12″ and one 17″ x 10″. Hem the bottom of the 12″ piece and the top of the 10″ piece. Overlap them so the 12″ piece is on top, and the two pieces form a 17″ square. Pin the sides together – this will form the envelope back of the pillow.

Envelope Back of Pillow

Pin the pillow front and back together, so the right sides are facing each other. Sew around all four sides with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Turn right side out and press.

Pillow Envelope Cover

Pop your pillow form in and you’re all set!

Black and White Skeleton Pillow

DIY Skeleton Cameo Pillow

That crow is totally giving you the eye.

Need some more Halloween inspiration? Here are a few of my favorites!

Spooky Crystal Ball Candlesticks

Spooky Crystal Ball Candlesticks

Colorful Fall Fabric Pumpkins

Easy Fall Fabric Pumpkins

Vintage Pumpkin Pillow

Pretty Fall Pumpkin Pillow



  • Reply October 1, 2015


    What fun projects!!

  • Reply October 2, 2015


    I love the skeleton pillow! These are awesome projects!

  • Reply October 2, 2015


    This is so cute! How long does this take to make?

  • Reply October 11, 2015

    Cindy Eikenberg

    Beverly, I just love this pillow! Visiting from Mother 2 Mother and pinned – have a happy Sunday and a wonderful week!

  • Reply October 14, 2015

    Quinn Caudill

    Very cool project. Pinned! Thanks for sharing with us at #Throwback Thursday link party. Please join us again tomorrow and invite your friends.

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