Sunday, July 24, 2011

Mermaid Tail Towel Tutorial

Hello Friends! As you saw last week, we recently had a super fun Mermaid Birthday Party for our NOW 4 yr old daughter. When my little girl suggested she wanted a Mermaid Party I just knew I wanted to do Mermaid Tail Towels as favors! I searched the internet to only find a few very expensive tail towels. That's when I decided to take matters into my own hands! I found a whole stack of towels in the $ section at Target, picked up some Bias tape and ribbon and went to work. I of course called on my ever talented Husband to draw me an awesome Mermaid Tail pattern. He drew it onto some construction grade brown paper but you could use whatever you have on hand even cardboard would work. I would've done it but he always is so precise (and patient) and I knew it would turn out symetrical if he did it rather than if I did it, it would probably end up looking something like a pony's tail or something lol.
So here is the process I went through. Now you go and make one for the Little Mermaid in your life!

Here is what You'll need:
Beach Towel (I actually used a few regular sized towels as well because the kiddos were pretty small)
Bias Tape (I used double fold and I had to use 1 and a half packs per towel)
Ribbon
Pins
Scissors
Mermaid Tail Pattern http://www.stitchtomylou.com/freebies/patterns/Mermaid-Tail.PDF
(feel free to download mine, or just freehand your own)
*If you click on this link please do not sale the pattern or items made from the pattern, THANKS! 

Step one:
Cut out and Pin your Mermaid tail Pattern to your Beach Towel.

Step two:
Cut out your Mermaid Tail :) SO Easy So far right?!

Step three:
Pin Bias Tape all around the edges of the tail. Sew away! I sewed a simple straight stitch because the towels that I purchased were so thin and did not like a serge but I would recommend serging the edges. The downfall of $ section towels-way to thin.

Step four:
I simply eyeballed the length that I wanted the ribbon to be, but you could wrap it around your mermaid's waist to see how much you would need to wrap around and tie a bow. Once you have your ribbon cut, pin it to the top of your tail and sew.

Now you have a fabulous Mermaid Tail towel!
If you do end up making one, email a photo of it at jmiscisin@sbcglobal.net and I will post it on the blog :)
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51 comments:

  1. Oh wow! that's so simple! LOVE IT! thanks for sharing this tutorial!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  2. Hahaha that is awesome. So fun!

    BTW I'm hosting a 12 FAT quarter Fabric Giveaway. Come by and check it out when you get a chance :)

    Q @ http://www.jaqsstudio.com/

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  3. What a great idea!! My daughter would love this! Thanks for sharing with Creative Bloggers' Party and Hop, I am co-hosting this week and it was so great to find you there!

    creativecarmella.blogspot.com

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  4. Oh..and PS: I am so happy to be your newest follower...hope you can stop by for a visit soon!

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  5. This is awesome! I saw this on Crative Carmella, where I linked up my hooded shark tutorial. So funny! I host a linky party Thursdays and would love for you to join me!!
    HUGS~
    Jenni
    kissedbyafrog.blogspot.com

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  6. Thanks everyone for the awesome feedback! I will definitely check out your sites, link up and link back here :) Thanks!!

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  7. THese are adorable! Thanks so much for sharing! I am visiting from Funky Polkadot Giraffe and I am a new follower!! Hope you have a great week and that I see you around soon!
    Michelle
    www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

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  8. That is totally awesome! My little mermaid just started to walk, but I will be pinning this so that I can remember it for next year.

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  9. I just featured this! Grab an "I've been featured" button from my blog if you'd like!

    Andrea @ TheTrainToCrazy.com

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  10. Thanks so much for the feature I really appreciate it! I hope to see some others making some fun Mermaid Tails!

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  11. I'm so honored that you chose to join the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. Thank you for adding this special masterpiece to rock my party :)

    Btw, I also have a blog party called Market Your Biz and Giveaways. Please feel free to link up your business and giveaways :)

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  12. This is such a fun idea. Thank you for sharing!

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  13. These are AWESOME!!! I'll have to keep this idea in mind my nieces! They would LOVE these. Thanks for sharing!!

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  14. Another fun project and idea from one the best parties ever. Thanks for sharing this with us over at Motivated Monday.
    Pam

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  15. perfektný nápad !!!!!!!!!!!

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  16. Adorable. More the Merrier Monday will be open until Wednesday at midnight. I would love for you to stop by and link up your mermaid tails. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

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  17. would love the pattern the link does not work

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  18. would love the link to the pattern - jiwolff@verizon.net

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  19. link to the pattern not working :( can you pls email me the pattern?

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  20. Featured on CraftyGirl Creates!

    http://www.craftygirlcreates.com/2015/07/mermaid-tail-towel-diy-from-stitch-to.html

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  21. Has the problem with the link to the mermaid tail pattern ever been resolved? I've tried everything I can think of, and can't find it anywhere. Would sure appreciate it if someone can help.

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  22. Pattern link not working. Can you email pattern to me please. Nursenevers@aol.com

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    1. I know--that is so frustrating. I didn't want to put my email out here for the world to see--had hoped the designer would pick up on my comment and come back with a link on this comment page, but no such luck.

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    2. Betty I tried emailing you the pattern. I have already provided it for Renee. I am sorry that it is not working properly.

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  23. If you would like the pattern please feel free to contact me via email.

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    1. will you send me the pattern for the mermaid tail blanket as well please? maggie.svejda@yahoo.com Thanks!

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    2. Will you email me also the mermaid pattern please ans thank you for this!
      dina18_99@yahoo.com

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  24. Would you also email me the pattern please? jenn.cheetham@gmail.com It is just what I've been looking for to make Christmas gifts! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. I emailed the pattern to you :) Would you be so kind to let me know that you received it? Thanks so much!

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  25. Please email me a copy of the pattern when you have time to ellisoncheryl@att.net..I am unable to get it...Thank You

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  26. Would you be willing to show how to do a shark one?

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  27. Hi, could I get the pattern for this please? jonesskimberly@yahoo.com thank you!

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  28. This is so cute! Could you please email me the pattern? Thanks! mandalea_@hotmail.com

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  29. Will you please email me the pattern. I want to make this for my daughter for christmas! Thank you! kellbelle27@gmail.com

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  30. Please send me the so cute mermaid tail tutorial... DreammCatcher013@gmail.com... Thank you so much

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  31. Please send me the so cute mermaid tail tutorial... DreammCatcher013@gmail.com... Thank you so much

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  32. Hi I would love to get the blanket pattern as well please ;) parisianbridal@yahoo.com Thank you

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  33. Sooooo darling!! How wide is this at the hip or widest point?

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  34. I would love this pattern please- renee.finnemmore@gmail.com Thanks!

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  35. plz send me pattern selmayenidogan@hotmail.com

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  36. I'd love the pattern too, please and thank you! mycrafts at gmail - TIA :)

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  37. I would love the pattern if possible! Thanks so much!!! melindaleeparks@gmail.com

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  38. I would love the pattern if possible! My granddaughter and I would like to make it this weekend. Thanks so much!!! marciam6@hotmail.com

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  39. The link to the pdf pattern failed to load. I've tried for the last 2 hours. Can you please email me the pdf file? I'd love to make this for my niece because she loves mermaids and believes she is one. hehe Appreciate it!! mail4cindy@windstream.net

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  40. I cannot access the pattern. Link just takes me to a page with a bunch of different links and got tired of clicking on them to find the pattern. lilbit8867@gmail.com

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  41. Printed out the pattern pieces but a bit confused as to how they go together. I got 1-6 right (I think) but 7-12 are confusing me. Not sure how to lay them out.

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  42. I cannot print out the pattern. I just takes me to a bunch of weird links. Can you email it to me? angie73106@yahoo.com

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  43. Please email me at copy of the pattern as well. Jesstew22@yahoo.com

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  44. I would also love the pattern if possible! Htalbot753@gmail.com

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  45. Same as everyone else...I would love the pattern too! My daughter and I love mermaids!! My email is mayle1616@aol.com

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