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Video: How to Make a Mermaid Tail with Cuddle® Minky Plush Fabric

Video: How to Make a Mermaid Tail with Cuddle® Minky Plush Fabric

Have you, or your little one, ever wanted to become a mermaid? We have, and still do!

This week, for Sew Together Tuesday, our National Educator Teresa Coates adds an underwater spin for a can’t miss tutorial (because after all, everything’s better down where it’s wetter!).

See Related: How to Make a Nappy Bag with Cuddle® Minky Fabric (Sleep Sack Sewing Tutorial)

She’ll be sharing how to make a mermaid tail with Cuddle® minky plush fabric by using the Cuddle® Mermaid and Doll pattern by Wendt Quilting. It’s not meant for sleepwear, but it’s great for cozying up and daydreaming on the couch.

Join us for this awesome modern take on a snuggle bag as Teresa and Hawke broadcast this tutorial LIVE from Cupcake Fabrics & Quilts as part of their “On the Road” tour — click here to learn more!

Video: How to Make a Mermaid Tail with Cuddle® Minky Plush Fabric

Patterns: Surf the Whale by McKay Manor Musers, Olivia the Octopus by Abby Glassenberg, William Whale, Oreo Orca and Sammy Shark by Funky Friends Factory

Recommended fabrics and notions for sewing a mermaid tail with Cuddle®

These products can be substituted for whatever you have on hand, but here is what Teresa recommends for her mermaid tail sewing tutorial:

Fabric requirements:

  • 1 yd. Luxe Cuddle® Alpine Lagoon (Tail Body)
  • 1 yd. Sparkle Cuddle® Glitter Navy/Silver (Tail Fin)
  • 1 yd. Sketches Cuddle® Breeze/Navy (Lining) 
  • Two 36” x 40” pieces of Quilters Dream polyester batting
  • Two 18” x 36” pieces of ByAnnie Soft and Stable 

Notions and supplies:

  • 90/14 stretch machine needle —SCHMETZ
  • Basting Spray –– ODIF 505
  • Craft knife — OLFA
  • Fabric clips — Clover
  • Felt tip marker or ballpoint pen
  • Hand sewing needle — SCHMETZ
  • Long, flower head pins — Clover
  • Micro-serrated scissors — Karen Kay Buckley, Famore or Kai
  • Point turner — Clover
  • Polyester thread — Metrosene by Mettler
  • Rotary cutter and mat —OLFA
  • Stiletto and Pressing Tool — ByAnnie
  • Walking foot

Tips for making a mermaid tail with Cuddle® minky fabric

  • Use ODIF 505 spray to temporarily adhere the tail to batting before trimming.
  • Quilt to hold the batting in position. You can do this with tack stitches or quilt a design such as the clamshell or cross hatch. Fluff seams to hide quilting, if desired.
  • Use ByAnnie Soft and Stable to give more shape to the tail fins. 

Video: How to make a mermaid tail with Cuddle® minky fabric

Mark your calendar — for the next episode of Season 8 of Sew Together Tuesday, Teresa will be going LIVE on the Shannon Fabrics Facebook page and YouTube channel at 10 am PDT on February 22 to share her tips on how to sew a mermaid tail with Cuddle® minky plush fabric.

Can't make it? Check back here after her live video concludes for the embedded on-demand video.

 

If you have any questions about Cuddle® minky plush fabrics or any of our Cuddle® Kits, feel free to contact our friendly, no-pressure customer service team at 866-624-5252.

Ready to start creating with Cuddle® minky fabric? Use our store locator to find a selection of Cuddle® minky fabric online or near you.

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Written by Michael Nystrom
Michael Nystrom is the Inbound Digital Content Manager at Shannon Fabrics. He is a two-time IRONMAN triathlon finisher, USC Trojan and self-proclaimed breakfast burrito connoisseur. When not swimming, cycling or running (or writing about all things fabric), he’s out catching some waves or chasing his dog, Dingo.
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