Mermaids! Those magical creatures of folklore full of myth, shimmer and beauty. If your little one adores mystical beings, you can sew a mermaid and make her dreams come true. I’ve found lots of projects sure to add a sparkle to the eyes of your darlings. And, maybe a few ideas for you, too! Think sparkle, glitter and shimmer and come with me . . .
Mermaid Rag Doll
Yarn hair, felt, ribbons, fabric and stuffing create this delightful Mermaid Rag Doll. Maggy of the Red Ted Art blog provides a simple, printable pattern so you can sew a mermaid in two different sizes. Be sure to follow the YouTube video link in her post to watch Maggy and her daughter sewing a doll together. You’ll find great hints and tips on how to make this a mermaid, mommy and me project. Maggy found Miss Mer’s hair to be the hardest part of her raggy doll self and gives very nicely detailed steps for you. Click here for the Mermaid Rag Doll tutorial.
Mermaid Doll Pattern
On the Retro Mama blog you’ll find a beautifully adorned, 17” lovely with a petal shaped waistline and a sweet smile. Designer Kim’s hints and tips for sewing and stuffing definitely fulfill her goal of helping you create a professional looking mer-doll. Her Etsy pattern includes over 40 step-by-step photo instructions along with a glossary of terms and techniques. Stitched from felt and cotton fabrics, you’ll find lots of options for customizing your mythical friend. Choose a straight or curved tail, pick one of several hair accessories and be inspired by the wonderful fabric combinations. Click here for the Mermaid Doll post and a link to the pattern on Etsy.
Mermaid Tail Blanket
When cool days come, your mermaid loving sweetie will need a bit of warmth for a cuddle. You can easily sew a Mermaid Tail Blanket to delight her heart following the instructions on the Made for Mermaids site. Make it lined or unlined and choose fleece, minky or anything soft for the body of the blanket. In pattern designer, Megan’s illustrated instructions and YouTube video, you’ll learn to cut, shape and sew the mer-tail as she swims you through step-by-step. You’ll love the bonus of a doll-size tail blankie in the free PDF and directions for creating a shark tail if your little one is more inclined towards sharkdom! Click here for the Mermaid Tail Blanket tutorial.
If your live “doll” wants to be a mermaid herself, you’ll love the Mermaid Tail tutorial shared by Amber on the Crazy Little Projects blog. Quick to make, you can sew a mermaid tail with optimum sparkle using a sequined, stretch fabric in a bright, shiny favorite color. Be sure to read through the measuring instructions, as Amber suggests, so you’ll be able to purchase the correct length of sparkle! Clever Amber has a special interfacing she uses to keep the tail in proper shape, so read her materials list carefully, too. Click here for the Mermaid Tail tutorial.
Easy Mermaid Dress Up Costume
Whismsical, shimmering and spectacular all describe the Mermaid Dress-Up Costume I found on the Sewing Rabbit blog. Guest blogger, Celina didn’t just stop with the tail, though. You’ll find instructions and suggestions to sew a mermaid transformation that extends from head to toe! Celina’s steps are presented in a YouTube video that is thorough and easy to follow. From the cute yarn wig to the layers of shining organza, your mer-lover will be charmed by this magical costume. Perfect for Halloween. Perfect for any day! Click here for the Mermaid Costume tutorial.
And then there are those days when you just want to wear your mer-ness proudly so everyone knows you’re legendary! Whether you’re looking for a quick dress-up costume or an everyday skirt to wear, Stef of the Girl Inspired blog can help. Designed for a stretchy knit, you can choose something basic or go all out with sequins and sparkle. Stef suggests a ruffler foot for the long “tail” ruffle, but it can definitely be done without one. You’ll work from body measurements, then follow Stef’s nicely illustrated cutting and sewing directions. This means you can make sew a Mermaid Skirt for any size girl . . . or yourself. Why not?! Click here for the Mermaid Skirt tutorial.
Mermaid Party Tails
Of course, the perfect party for any occasion should include Mermaids! Glittery decorations, and sparkly cupcakes may be easy to find, but where can you buy Mermaid Tails? Jen of the Suburban Mom blog solved this dilemma by creating her own tail design for her daughter’s birthday party. She found a simple way to sew a mermaid tail and (lucky for us!) shares it on her blog. Shimmering nylon/spandex swim fabric and shiny tulle combined with Jen’s instructions will have you stitching up tails in no time. Could these be made in adult sizes, too? Oh, yes, I definitely think so!! Click here for the Mermaid Party Tails tutorial.