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)
Mermaid Tail Pattern
(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 and I will post it on the blog :)
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  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

  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 @

  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!

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

  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!!

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

  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!

  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.

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

    Andrea @

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

  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 :)

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

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

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

  15. perfektný nápad !!!!!!!!!!!

  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.

  17. would love the pattern the link does not work

  18. would love the link to the pattern -

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

  20. Featured on CraftyGirl Creates!