Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Modest Mermaid Doll! (pattern/tutorial)

A few days ago I made the birthday doll, however I wanted to improve upon the pattern and since my daughters birthday is a beach theme I thought I'd make her a second birthday doll.

PS. If you have made one of these - I'd love to see it and hear how the pattern worked for you! Post a pic to flickr!

Introducing my newest creation!


If you want to purchase this doll instead of making your own - go here or here!

I have taken the time to scan in the pattern pieces for you readers (please let me know if you make one and post a link on this post - I'd LOVE to see your creations!)

The pattern comes in 4 documents that you can find here 1, 2, 3, and 4. You will also need to cut 1 ruffle piece that is 13 inches x 2.5 inches. Also note that when cutting the second body piece for the back cut straight across. Everything should be clearly labelled and the only piece you will have to tape together is for the mermaid tail. Any questions please feel free to ask!

ETA: I've heard the pattern pieces do not open up/print to the correct size in Internet Explorer.

*the body piece is 5.5inches across at the bottom and 4 inches across at the top and 6 inches long. (ish - use the neck piece as a guide for the top width and the bottom angle out 6 inches long and an 1 inch and half or 2 wider at the bottom than the top - whatever you think looks good)

The Tutorial:


Step 1: Work on the face. Pin the hair and cheeks on. I hand stitched the cheeks on because I like the look and hate sewing in such a small circle. Then sew on the hair by stitching along the edge. Paint on the face. D
o a small hair accessory if you want - I did a starfish that you will see in a later photo.

Step2: take your ruffle piece and fold it in half (hot dog way) and sew a gathering line, gather it then baste stitch it onto your mermaid doll head front. 

Step 3:  Pin and stitch the back of the bodice to the back neck piece and the front mermaid head/neck/ruffle to the body.

then stitch the back head to the back neck (this pinning is a bit time consuming)

Step 4: sew your arms and legs together (right sides together), turn, and lightly stuff.
Step 5: pin the arms in like seen below so that when you turn your doll out they will face inwards. 

when pinning/stitching the doll together i find it easiest to pin and stitch in 2 stages. 
Stage 1: from one underarm to the other underarm

 stage 2: leave a gap under one of the arms, to pull an arm out (so you have somewhere to stuff in the legs and turn the doll out) stitch around up to the spot you left off.


Turn the doll out by that gap where you have the arm popping out and then stuff your doll however full you like (I do a sturdy head and neck stuffing and then a lighter amount of stuffing for the body so it's cozier). Hand stitch that gap closed and admire the doll! (only the tail left to do!)

Isn't she cute! 

Now onto the tail (which you will be very happy to find quite easy). Pin your tail together and stitch around leaving the top open and turn out.


I stuffed the bottom of the tail and then stitched a line across because it seemed like the right choice to make - and I love the result and highly recommend you do this step.


Do a double fold hem and then shirr the top (you can do elastic casing if you want but I find shirring to be easier.)


and that is you tail done!


Close up of her face:

I let the babes see her early... Because I was excited, now the mermaid is put away until birthday time!

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and pattern! 


This project got a sticker!


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68 comments:

Kelly said...

This is so adorable! Thank you so much for the pattern and tutorial. I pinned you, I may not get a chance to make this for quite a while (baby girl isn't even here yet, so I have time) but I really want to make it. So someday. :) Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Danielle said...

This is really cute. Well Done. I can't wait to see the party pictures soon.

kasia said...

Wow! Suuuper cute! Thank u for sharing. Saved her on my project list- just need to find the time

Ashley said...

I saw this on the sew and tell....so cute! It almost makes me wish I had a little girl to make on for. Maybe my friends little girls will get a couple. Thanks for sharing the tut.

Crystal from Fussy Monkey Business said...

What a sweet doll. I appreciate the modest part. We have tried to steer our daughter clear of mermaids because of the lack of clothing. What a fantastic alternative. Thanks for sharing!

Rachel said...

That is SO darling! I just love her sweet little face and the star in her hair. I have 2 nieces who I bet would LOVE to have her . . . I'll be filing this one away for a birthday! Thanks so much for the pattern!

R @ Rebecca's Roundup said...

I love it! I want to make some!

Colleen said...

I'm always on the look out for cute doll patterns for my blog, so I'll feature it one Freebie Friday. Thanks for sharing.

Miranda said...

I love it... what an adorable pattern! Thanks for sharing.

Camille said...

This is seriously so cute! I am sorry that our link party was not working either- it is up and running now! I would love to have you come link this up!
-Camille @ Six Sisters Stuff
sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com

MJ said...

So cute! Def on my to do list now ;)

Janelle said...

Adorable!! Thank you so much! I can't wait to make one!

-Janelle
homemadethisandthat.blogspot.com

Amy @ Positively Splendid said...

Absolutely, positively beyond darling! I shared this in my Saturday Seven lineup this week. http://www.positivelysplendid.com/2011/07/saturday-seven-no-19.html

Good Girl Gone Green said...

That is seriously the nicest and cutest doll! Way to go, Miss talent! :)

LeighAnn said...

This is so great! Thank you for the tutorial!

Anonymous said...

This is adorable...i printed off the pattern pieces to make this, but I don't see a pattern or measurements for the body of the doll...did I miss that somewhere? Can you let me know what size the body pieces need to be cut? Thank you so much for this tutorial and pattern. I'm so excited to make this.
serena(dot)gerke(at)gmail(dot)com

emily said...

so. cute. must. make. thank. you.

Brooke said...

She is so sweet! My 2 year old daughter just discovered Disney movies so I will have to make her one of these for when we watch the Little Mermaid! I love the removable fins... such a good idea!

Anonymous said...

Your too good Jen! Love it!!!
-a.

Melanie said...

Aww..so cute! My baby girl is just getting into dolls, so this may be something for the near future.

Melanie
bearrabbitbear.wordpress.com

Jami said...

Hi Jen!
Your mermaid dolls are so sweet! You've done such a nice job on them! Thanks so much for sharing them at the Tuesday To Do Party!
Smiles!
Jami
www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

Mita Adindayu said...

I love to make some DIY by myself. i love sewing!
i'm your new follower :)

Camille said...

Thank you so much for sharing these! We are featuring them tomorrow, so feel free to stop by and pick up a button! Thank you so much for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday! We are so grateful for your support and we hope that you will be back tomorrow to share more great ideas!
Camille @
SixSistersStuff.blogspot.com

Lori @ Beneath the Rowan Tree said...

Love this! Thank your for sharing it!
I am sharing it as a featured project on our next Playdate at Beneath the Rowan Tree (goes live Sunday evening, July 31).
Please feel free to snag a 'Featured' button and share the love!

Cheers,
Lori
http://beneaththerowantree.com

Amanda @ The Little Giggler said...

She is so cute!! My daughter would love one. I'm going to feature this tomorrow on Fabulous Finds on Friday. Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. :)

Amanda
www.thelittlegiggler.blogspot.com

Desiree @ The 36th Avenue said...

One word for you: STICKER!

I just want to let you know that I'll be featuring your dolls today on my blog...

Thank you so much for sharing!

Melanie said...

How cute! Thanks so much for sharing!


I'd love to have you visit our first linky party this Thursday! It's a party specifically for kids and teenagers craft and other ideas, so your idea will be absolutely perfect! Hope you'll stop by!

bearrabbitbear.blogspot.com

Cecilia said...

Hello Jen!
Thank you for visiting my blog!
I loved the tutorial and the idea too! I will try to make it one of this days, I am sure my kid will love it specially now that she is loving mermaids :D

I liked the 4 colors cake too! So pink :)

I am glad I found your blog!

Cecilia

Sertyan said...

What a great tutorial! Thank you for visiting my blog. I love your creations too.

raising4princesses said...

this is definitely the best idea I've seen today. I'm so impressed. I really wish I could sew good. If you have time, I'd love you to link this on my party. http://caribbeanmissionarywife.blogspot.com/2011/08/t-time-21-and-link-up.html

andie jaye said...

those are so cute! you are amazingly talented!

Jenni said...

So, I am a new follower because everything here is sew stinking cute! Thank you so much for linking up with the frog today! I feel so totally honored!
HUGS~
Jenni

Dada said...

Ma รจ bellissima, grazie per il tutorial!!

Lindsay said...

This is really sweet! I know two little girls of mine who would love this. :) You did an absolutely great job!

Thanks for linking up to show & share! I hope you'll come back next week!

I have a giveaway going on now, if you'd like to check it out!

http://southernlovely.blogspot.com/2011/08/uprinting-giveaway.html

Candace @ Candace Creations said...

That is so sweet I love the size of it too!

Thanks for linking up to Scrappy Saturdays, hope to see you back next weekend!

virginia said...

Pero que cosa tan bonita, mis felicitaciones virgi

raising4princesses said...

thank you so very much for taking the time to link up to my party! It was my first one and I'm just honored that people actually joined up. I wanted to tell you I featured you on the top of my party today!

I'd be just tickled pink to see you join up again today! Have a lovely day, Maria http://caribbeanmissionarywife.blogspot.com/

Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com said...

I love this! What a great idea! My nieces would love one of these!! Thanks again for linking up to my new party!

Thendral said...

Lovely!!! I am visiting you from the creative bloggers party. I am your new follower. Hope you visit me...
http://thendralscraft.blogspot.com

Melissa - LaLaBliss.blogspot.com said...

I love this! Thanks so much for sharing!

Wani said...

Such a cute idea!! I am totally going to make one for my daughter!

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

I love the little mermaid tail ... how fun!

Katie Busken said...

I just made five of these for my daughters birthday and I absolutely LOVE the way they turned out! Thank you so much!

Erin Shakespear said...

So cute! Thanks for sharing the pattern. You rock! :)

J's mom said...

I love this. Please link it to my linky party & anything else you have to share. Thanks, Peggy.
http://diycraftstomake.blogspot.com/2011/10/whacha-work-up-wednesday-weekly-linky_25.html

Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate said...

My daughter is a mermaid nut! She would love this! I am a crummy sewer but maybe it's something to try! Yours are so cute!

Zina :: Let's Lasso the Moon said...

I love that she is modest and that her fin section comes off. {Simply adorable}

Art By ASM said...

Adorable! I love her! I make dolls too, I saw your blog on a linky party! I am a new follower of your. Come visit sometime!

Joni Nickrent said...

This is ADORABLE! Love it! Great tute!

Kerryanne English said...

Fantastic tutorial Jen... thanks for sharing it at Simply Christmas Inspiration Party at the Shabby Art Boutique.
Festive hugs ~ Kerryanne

Anonymous said...

I'm making 2 of these for my darlings for xmas. They are adorable and I love the modest component :) Is there measurements for the body? k_deyongAThotmailDOTcom

Craft Couture by T.C. said...

Thank you very much for a great tutorial. These dolls are so adorable. :)

Kim @ Too Much Time said...

These are so stinkin cute and I love that they aren't half naked:)Thanks so much for linking up to my first ever party and helping make it a huge success!
Kim

Elle and Lou said...

Oh she really is so sweet! Lou

Danielle said...

I featured you on my blog! Stop by and grab a button!

http://blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com/

elliesue said...

Thanks for the Tutorial of the Mermaid Doll. It is going into my file for next years sewing.
Elaine

LaceyDippoldPhotography said...
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LaceyDippoldPhotography said...

I am just curious what fabric you used to make her? Thanks!!

Katie @ The Crafty Blog Stalker said...

These are fabulous! Thank you for sharing with Blog Stalking Thursday. I have featured you from last weeks party. Don't forget to stop by and grab a featured button! I can't wait to see what you post next!

dogsmom said...

Thank you so much!

Chatty Chics said...

Um...wow. These are so stinkin' cute! Thank you for sharing at my place! Please come back again tomorrow and share another project or two if you can! You rock!
Melody
ChattyChics.com

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

This is oh so cute! I live in Florida and need a sweet little mermaid! ♥

Dona said...

Very cute. If having trouble printing with internet explorer, just save to your computer and then print. Mine came out the correct size. I will be making these on behalf of World of Charity Stitching for Sacred Heart Children's Hospital.

Dona
http://worldofcharitystitching.blogspot.com

Frazier Family said...

LOVE! Made two already and dreaming up some more! Reminds me of my favorite Dressy Bessy dollie from my childhood. Photos are on Flickr!

Justine of SewCountryChick said...

Its so cute! I like how the tail is seperate from the doll so the child could take it off and on ;)

Lisa Hall said...

I love these dolls!
So cute and I want to make one for my Granddaughter's Sea/Hula themed B-day party!

PurplePossum said...

Thanks for this tutorial, I've just finished my first one. Uploaded a picture to your flickr pool I am so proud if it!!

Carol Spezowka said...

Just ran across the Modest Mermaid (July 21) but can't find the pattern. When I click on your instructions:
"The pattern comes in 4 documents that you can find here 1, 2, 2=3, and 4."
I get an invitation to try 5 GB of Google Drive. Am I doing something wrong?

Carol (carspe@shaw.ca)