My daughter is starting to carry around dolls while she's roaming the house, so I thought it might be fun to try making a doll for her. Then I saw this mermaid doll pattern/tutorial and knew it would be the one to try. I grew up in the hype of "The Little Mermaid" in the '90's so I have a soft spot for mermaids.
And I liked that this one had a removable tail so she could just be a doll as well. Here's the one I made.
The pattern printed out huge for me, so I just shrunk all the pieces in photoshop before starting since I didn't want a life sized doll. I don't know if my printer settings were off or what, but keep in mind you can always shrink or expand patterns like this.
The tail was made out of scraps of fabric that my mom used to make my niece's mermaid halloween costume...a teal satin and a sheer, shimmery teal fabric to put over it for the shiny effect. It was soooooo difficult to sew with. I don't know how my mom stayed sane making a costume out of it.
I also used a scrap of shirred fabric left over from making a toddler dress a couple years ago to make the doll a dress as well - variety for changing outfits. I didn't have any stuffing, so don't tell anyone, but I just used a seam ripper and pulled some out of a couch pillow :) So this doll was made with scraps and borrowed stuffing - didn't cost anything to make her!! I love free projects!