HOW TO MAKE A MERMAID TAIL
My daughter can sure swim like a mermaid, so it’s time to make her a tail. Summer is here and I can’t keep my daughter out of the water. She loves to swim and always tells me she wishes she was a mermaid. So what’s a mom to do? Make her a mermaid tale blanket of course! I looked online for a mermaid blanket pattern and came up empty handed. Luckily I have a bit of a creative side thanks to all the sewing lessons my mom gave me when I was a kid.
What you will need:
- 1.5 yards of fleece
- paper to make a pattern (I used old Christmas wrap!)
- sewing machine
- matching thread
1. Make your pattern. I just laid my daughter on the floor and traced her body and added a few inches to the sides and length. If you don’t have the child handy you are going to want the length of your tail to be about the same as the child’s armpit to floor + a couple of inches. For the width take the largest measure of the child’s hips or chest and then add a few inches. Remember, this is a blanket/sleeping bag so you want it roomy.
2. Cut 2 tails and 2 fins.
3. Pin the right sides of the tail together and sew the length on each side.
4. Pin the right sides of the fin together. Sew along the edge of all the fin except for the top.
5. Fold tail right side out. Top stitch a border as well as decorative lines for the fin. DO NOT sew the top yet!
6. The trickiest step of this whole project. Insert fin into tail. Remember, the fin is right side out and the tail is still inside out. Pin fin inside tail and sew.
7. Almost done! Pull tail right side out. Fold over the top of the tail and put a nice finishing stitch.
*TIP: buy “anti-pill” fleece. Keep an eye out for craft store coupons! I used a 40% off one single-cut piece of fabric. The amount of fabric you need also depends on the width. 1.5 yard will for sure make 1 tail but it can also possibly make more if you are creative on how to lay it out. I used 3 yards of fabric and made 3 tails- 2 large and 1 medium.
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