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Mermaids, unicorns, rainbows… these protagonists of fun fantasy are all the rage these days, especially if they have glitter and shine! So when asked for a guest post for the website Fleece Fun, I decided to share my FREE doll mermaid costume sewing pattern that I’ve been using for years, but add a little sparkle and other elements of interest to it.
The red tail above is sewn from fleece, which is the easiest fabric to use for this project. An extra bonus is that you can sew scallops along the body, which show up nicely on the puffy fabric. The blue tail above is sewn from shiny velour and a costume fabric with faux sequins (which is easier to sew than real sequins). These fabrics fray, so the instructions are slightly different in order to enclose them.
These costumes fit classic 18 inch dolls perfectly, but the sizing is quite flexible, and they will also fit slightly larger or smaller dolls, as well. This makes these DIY mermaid costumes a great gift because the fit is so flexible!
Which do you like more?
These tails are SO FAST to sew up, so they’re a perfect last minute gift for your favorite girly girl who loves a little sparkle! And if that girl wants a bit of mermaid fun, too, why not make her a matching human-sized mermaid tail?!
My “Sea Snuggler” Mermaid Tail Blanket pattern is perfect for both kids and adults, with 16 sizes, and features the same two fin shapes as the doll version, but is also fully reversible and gives the option of an elastic waistband or a looser blanket-style waistband. Click here to get the Sea Snuggler sewing pattern!
If you’ve got a bit of extra fleece left over, you can also whip up a super easy fabric doll diaper with my FREE pattern!
So, head on over to Fleece Fun for my free doll mermaid costume sewing pattern and tutorial! Don’t forget to let me know how you like it!
And make sure you click here to save this project on Pinterest!