Friday, July 8, 2011

We made mermaids!

Miss Piggy has this fascination with mermaids at the moment. Along with mermaid stickers on her walls, she has a mermaid DVD and a collection of eight shop-bought mermaids. When I mentioned we might make a doll over the holidays, she immediately jumped in with a mermaid suggestion.

So worth sacrificing my TV time to finish them at night -
she opened her eyes after I took this picture, looked at
the mermaids and went back to sleep with a smile on her face

We lined up all the mermaids we could muster from around the house. They range from tiny $2 toys to a Dora version that swims alongside you in the bath. We then had a look at patterns for mermaid dollies on the internet (here's one by Hillary Lang of Wee Wonderfuls) but we couldn't quite find what we were looking for. Soooo with Miss Piggy's bossing me around careful guidance, I drew a picture we both liked and set about making it in fabric. She chose all the fabrics, helped to cut them out, pushed the sewing machine pedal when it was safe to and generally watched the whole process with anticipation and patience.

And when I'd finished one, of course I had to make her a friend. You know, so we could play mermaids together.

I made the red mermaid a wig which I later sewed on, the blue mermaid had her hair sewn in before I turned the project inside out for stuffing. Like the Wee Wonderful pattern, I sewed the doll in two pieces (body and tail) before stitching together and embellishing. I did most of the sewing by machine and it all came together really quickly. I'm looking forward to making one of these with my niece next time she comes to visit.

If you'd like a copy of my pattern pieces, please leave me a message below and I'll get back to you with it :)


  1. Nice one Sam, they look so good!

  2. I would love a copy of the pattern!

  3. Oh you are so inspiring Sam!! I'm sure you made Natti's day.

  4. I would love a pattern copy. Thank you for sharing!

  5. I would love the pattern! I have a friend who loves mermaids. Yours are beautiful.

  6. They are so cute and I even love merimaids.

  7. Oh my gosh! You did a fantastic job! Any little girl who loves mermaids is going to turn-out just right, too! Of course, I would love a copy of your pattern...pretty please? I can hear the ocean from here!

  8. I love them! What special memories you and Miss N will have, just precious xo


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