For Emma's 3rd birthday, I knew I wanted to have mermaid tails for party favors!
Finding a good tutorial or how-to on how to make them = not happening!
I'm here to fix that!
These sequined tails are full of girlie goodness. The mermaid in your life will LOVE this tail.
- 1 yard of sequin fabric (I found mine at JoAnn's)
- 1 yard of coordinating cotton for back (I bought the cheapest cotton they had)
- 55" of 1 inch wide satin ribbon
- Sewing Machine
- Mermaid Tail pattern (download below!!)
First up, print your pattern and cut it out!
It is 4 pages long, and should look like this when printed and taped together.
Fold your fabric in half length wise, and lay your pattern on top.
Should look like this:
Ignore my ugly pattern....I used scrap paper to make it!
MAKE SURE you line up your pattern on the FOLD of the fabric.
Cut out BOTH the sequin fabric and the cotton backing.
The fabric will look like this after cut and unfolded.
After you have cut both fabrics, pin them RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER.
Pin all the way around the tail, leaving a small gap in the top of the tail for turning.
Sew around the entire tail, leaving a small gap to turn.
Turn tail right side out and PRESS. Don't get your iron too hot, or you will melt the sequins. A good press will make the tail lay nice and flat!
Now it's time to close up the gap AND add the ribbon. I'm all about combining steps!
Pin your ribbon across the top of the tail, making sure to close the gap with the pins.
Top stitch the ribbon to the tail on all four sides of the ribbon.
Guess what? Tie on that tail, and DONE!
Notes: The length of this tail is perfect for the 3-4 year old crowd. It brushes the bottom of the floor for my tall 7 year old, but doesn't drag. Lengthen or shorten the pattern as needed!
A few cute girlies enjoying their party favors!
Mermaid Tail Pattern