Skulls are pretty popular in fashion. It seems the most popular use now is skull cut-out shirts. I saw one in a show that I just had to recreate. The girl in the show was wearing what looked like a normal oversized zip-up hoodie. That is, until she turned around. On the back was a giant cut-out skull. I wanted it. I had to make it. Now, you can, too.
What You Need:
Measuring the Hoodie
1) Zip up the hoodie and spread it out face down on a flat surface. Make sure the arms are straight out and flat.
2) Measure across the back of the hoodie at the narrowest point. That is between the shoulder blades where the sleeves curve in.
3) Add two inches to that measurement.
Preparing the Skull Stencil
1) I used a free pumpkin carving stencil from Coolest-holiday-parties.com. Save it to your computer.
2) Open the skull image using photo manipulation software. Crop the image so that the extra gray on the sides is gone. Crop as close to the face of the skull as possible.
3) Make sure the ruler is turned on and set the view of the image to 100%.
4) Resize the image so that it is a square the same size as you measured the hoodie. For example, if the hoodie measurement was 14 inches (12 inches plus two) then you’ll change the size of the image to 14 inches by 14 inches.
Tracing the Image
1) Place a piece of tracing paper up to the screen of your computer so that one eye of the image fits inside the paper.
2) Trace the image to the paper using a pen. Repeat with the other pieces of the image. You can pack them into one paper or use an extra sheet.
3) Cut out each piece of the skull image using scissors.
Cut Out the Skull
1) Glue each piece of the skull image to the back of your hoodie using the craft glue. Use the image on your computer to make sure you place the image correctly.
2) Cut out each piece using the scissors. Only cut around the paper. Do not cut through the material to get to the paper.
Tips and Ideas:
1) You can print out the skull image if you want the extra work. Crop each piece of the image and then place each cropped piece on to a new project, turning them and fitting them together as best you can. You might need two pages.
2) If you want to keep your hoodie warm, you can line the inside of the hoodie with a contrasting color material. I used red. I lined the back of the hoodie and the front, leaving the sleeve alone.
3) Save the cut out pieces from the hoodie and use them to make a skull pillow, or sew them to the front of a blank t-shirt.