Little Maya the Mermaid

IMG_0261 I’m throwing my hat in the ring over at Sew Mama Sew’s Contest “Spectacular Softies Contest” This adorable little mermaid is made from Abby Glassenburg’s pattern at While She Naps.

IMG_0266This is a well designed pattern, with excellent easy to follow directions. She suggests using fleece for all of the parts, so that it is a child-friendly toy that can even be thrown in the washing machine.

IMG_0264My version is different in several ways. I choose to reduce the pattern size by 80% and make it out of natural materials. Everything is 100% cotton, except for the safety eyes, which I also purchased from Abby.

IMG_0262I cut the front tail and back tail in half vertically, then using some tear-away tissue paper for the patterns. I cut narrow strips of coordinating fabrics and sewed them at an angle to each of the 4 sections. This took the most time, but I think the result is more than worth it

IMG_0264I used coordinating fabrics for the fin and the bikini top and wool/rayon felt for the hair. The safety eyes just snap right on and make the little mermaid face so cute!

IMG_0263This is the second mermaid that I have made. My first was made, just before the cut off date for the contest, so she wouldn’t have been elegible. She is also just as adorable! You can read more about how I constructed the tail, midway through that post.


Little Maya with her sister


IMG_0265 Thumbs up for Little Maya the Mermaid! Wish her luck in the contest!

About SeamQueen

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4 Responses to Little Maya the Mermaid

  1. pdxknitter says:

    So cute! I love making little softies. I’ve gotten some cute patterns on Craftsy. The Leaf fairy who comes with her own leaf (a leaf-shaped zipper pouch) was really fun.

    I think it was genius to make four sections for the tail. It really looks great. Hope you win! Can we vote for you?

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  2. Good luck, she is so adorable 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Good luck !! This is very cute & I love the fin . I’ll have to look into softies fro my darling GD who is 18 months . The fin looks like a great stash busteer too😄


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