The mermaiden pattern has been on my list of projects since the book Wee Wonderfuls was released. After making the felt cake for my niece, I had to sew something for her baby sister too. Mermaiden looked like a fun and easy sewing project.
I used wool blanketing fabric for her hair (which I’d bought for another project and never got around to it!). Her face is a cream quilter’s cotton and her tail is scraps of River View in Candy Store Pink from the City Weekend range by Oliver and S (from one of these baby tunics).
I didn’t follow the pattern exactly for how I quilted her hair, but tried to make it look more like a part and a crown.
I haven’t done a lot of embroidery, but am quite happy with how her face turned out. I just used 4 threads of normal sewing thread rather than embroidery thread because that’s all I had. Looking at the photos now, I can see her mouth is a bit lop-sided, but I’ll call that part of her handmade charm!
I also only stuffed the end of her tail (and her body) so that her tail could swish about.
My sister-in-law sent photos of her little one playing with her mermaid, so I hope she likes it as much as I liked making it!
You can download a free copy of the mermaiden pattern here.