- 2 yards of fabric (depending on how wide your fabric is you can get away with one yard if you want the same color on each side.)
- paper to create pattern
- fabric marker or pencil
- sewing machine
I drew and cut a fin out of paper and placed it along the fold at the bottom of the fabric. Then, using a fabric marker, I traced around the fin at the bottom and just kind of eyeballed the rest of the tail making sure it ended up at the spot I had marked with pins at the top. I measured my little mermaid from her waist to the floor to determine how long to make the tail. The finished measurement from the top of the tail to the bottom of the fin is 23″. Plus I added 1″ for seams so 24″ cut length.
Since my fabric was folded when I cut it out, each side is perfectly symmetrical.
To make the reverse side of the tail I used an old sheet. I just laid the tail I had cut out directly on top of it and used that as a pattern to cut it out.
With right sides facing pin the two sides of the tail together.
To make the tie for the tail I cut two pieces of ribbon each 15 inches long.
I heat sealed the edges of the ribbon with a lighter and tucked them into each of the sides of the tail about 1/2″ from the top.
So the ribbon is in-between the two pieces like this.
I sewed all the way around the tail using a 3/8″ seam allowance and left an opening at the top about 10″ wide.
I trimmed the seams close to the thread being careful not to cut into my seam.
I flipped it right side out through the opening and ironed it flat.
And that’s it! Maddy wore hers with a white t-shirt and leggings. And it can be thrown in the wash after a day of play!