If you can’t be a mermaid, make a mermaid.

Make a mermaid doll - free pattern!

I made a dozen mermaids a few weeks ago.  Three of them were intended for a certain Tiny-Small daughter of a friend, who celebrated her third birthday recently.  They were mailed last week, so I think it’s safe to reveal them now.

The others I made because if I’m going to bother making three, what are nine more?

The dolls are based on the free Mermaiden pattern.  Based on means that I used the pattern pieces for the tail and upper body and ignored the directions.

Mermaid Dolls with Seaweed Hair - Free PatternFor my version, just print page four.  Cut out the body and tail.  I trace them onto the fabric, right side together, and sew before cutting.  I think it went faster this way, but I also think that sewing the body by hand would give it neater curves.

Stuff them with fluff, then push body into the tail and hand sew them to each other.

The hair is Lion Brand Homespun yarn.  I have a few little balls of this left from knitting projects.  If you buy a skein, you will have enough yarn for hundreds of mermaid wigs.  You could use other yarn, and have less fuzz floating about, but this is delightfully seaweedy as it unravels.

(So do not give these mermaids to children who are apt to put them in their mouths.  Use the original Mermaiden pattern for wee babes.)

To make the hair, cut eight pieces of yarn the length of the doll and a dozen pieces double her length.  Sew the short eight pieces together a half inch from one end.  Sew the long pieces straight through the middle.  Leave long tails of thread at beginning and end; you can use these to sew the wigs in place.

Adapting the Free Mermaiden Pattern for a Doll with HairHand stitch the short wig to the back of her head.

Align the center of the long wig with the seam on the top of your mermaid’s head.  Sew along this line.  Part the front section wherever you like, and swoop her hair out of her face.  Tack in place, and continue to sew the wig in place.  Adjust the yarn so she doesn’t have bald spots.  You get the idea.

Did that make sense?

I stitched the mouth and eyes last, but I think you could use permanent marker if you’d prefer.  Ignore the face markings on the pattern, unless you like them.  I find the eyes freakishly far apart and low on the head, but I’m not a fan of anime, either.

I’m debating giving the remaining mermaids as gifts or as Random Acts of Mermaids.  What do you think?

Do you know anyone for whom you’d make a mermaid?


8 thoughts on “If you can’t be a mermaid, make a mermaid.

  1. Random acts of mermaids – love this phrase. These lovely sea ladies are absolutely wonderful. The little girl is going to just love them. I have to pin and share.

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