Cute AND cozy…..what more could you want? This DIY Mermaid Tail is super easy to create and requires very 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 this cozy fleece sewing project takes just about an hour to make. It’s a perfect gift option for every special little girl – and grown up girl – on your list.
There are so many different types of fleece that are perfect for this DIY mermaid tail. Most of the craft stores run sales every month, so these cozy tails are 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.
Here is an overview of the measurements that I used (super technical pdf, folks): Mermaid Tail Measurements
**The measurements 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:
- Stitch the main body sides together
Put right sides of the fabric together, then stitch the sides ONLY. Do not stitch the bottom. Do not turn it right side out, because you’ll need to keep it right sides together when you attach the tail. Just walk away from it, sister. Move on to the tail.
2. Stitch tail “flipper” front and back together
Put right sides together, and stitch AROUND the flipper, leaving the top open (this is where the flipper will be attached to the main-body (that you sewed in step 1). Turn the tail right side out.
3. Stitch flipper onto the main body
With right sides together, sew the tail onto the main body. The easiest way to do this is to slip the tail (RIGHT sides out) into the bottom of the main body opening. Pin all the way around, then sew it.
4. Folded top band in half – WRONG sides together, then stitched onto top of main body – through three thicknesses: (1)main body (2 & 3) top band edges
5. Optional: 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! They are even super popular with grown-up girls!
I hope this tutorial has been helpful, and I’d love for you to leave comments, suggestions, and feedback below. Thanks for stopping our Inspired Mess!