Cute AND cozy…..what more could a little girl want? This DIY Mermaid Tail Blanket is super easy to create and only requires minimal sewing. If you can turn ON a sewing machine and make a few stitches, you’re good to go. The possibilities of color and design are endless, and they take just about an hour to make…..so they make the perfect gift option for every special little girl on your list.
There are so many different types of fleece on the market and with most of the craft stores running sales every month, these become super affordable to make. I like to stock up on basic mermaid colors when fleece is on sale, and then when we need one for a birthday (or ANY day, really!!), I can stitch one up quickly with the fleece I have on hand. Clearly, not everyone likes to stock up on fabric and store something as lofty as fleece, but as a life-long hoarder, buying things on sale and saving them for a time when I KNOW I’ll need it has become part of my existence…..right up there with breathing.
Let’s Do This!
- Main body color: 1 yard (most fleece is 60″ wide)
- Coordinating color for tail “flipper” and top band: 3/4 yard (this is probably more than you’ll really need, but I like to be safe, and maybe you want a REALLY big flipper)
**Thread to match – although, to be honest, I usually stitch my tails with white thread so I don’t have to switch the bobbin/top thread too often. The fleece is so lofty that you don’t really see the thread color. Just sayin’. You can totally take the easy road on thread.
I made my own “pattern” based on measurements. You can draw it directly on the fabric using a ruler and water-soluble marker, or trace it out on big white paper (the kind you use on a kids’ easel works great). I’ve included the finished measurements on the DIY Mermaid Tail picture below, so be sure to include seam allowance in your pattern. Also….remember that the measurements are for ONE SIDE only, so calculate for two sides as needed.
**The measurements below were used for my daughter, 4 years old. It is HUGE for her, but I wanted her to have some wiggle room and plenty of foot space. My 9 year old can also fit into it, so adjust the measurements to fit your little mermaid.
There are so many ways to put the tail together, but this is how I did it:
- Stitched the main body sides together
- Stitched tail “flipper” front and back together
- Stitched flipper onto the main body
- Folded top band in half, then stitched onto top of main body
- Topstitched around flipper edge
Uh…yep….that’s it. You’re done!
Now make 4 or 5 more because they make EVERY little girl SO happy!