November 9, 2017

Mermaid Tail Blanket

I sewed a mermaid tail blanket for my 3-year-old honorary niece. I had left-over fabric from the “Boo” costume I made her (sorry, no picture of that, she won’t pose for it) and thought she might like a new kind of sleep sack.

I didn’t have a pattern, so I looked at examples online and made one from newspaper.

 

First I used fleece and made the main part, 16 inches wide and 35 inches long, tapering down.  I cut a matching piece of the scale fabric for the front.  Putting right sides together of the 3 layers, I sewed the seam, then turned it right side out.  I cut one piece of the tail fin from fleece and one from the scale fabric and sewed them together (same method, right sides together)

I then sewed the fin onto the rest of the tail, tucking under raw edges.. I hand-sewed 4 lines leading from the base of the tail across the fin to make it look more fin-like.

 

 

 

I thought about putting elastic across the top but decided to simply roll the fabric hem to finish the edge instead. (If I put elastic in, I would make that bigger to create a channel to feed elastic through.)

I wish I could have been there to see her reaction- it was reported to be: “Aunty Jane knows I love mermaids!”

Well, doesn’t everyone?

 

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