For the Love of Mermaids

Mermaids are mythical creatures who over time have evolved into to much more. From the popularity of Disney‘s Little Mermaid story and Princess Ariel to the large number of Barbie mermaids that have been made over the years, mermaids are a classic. I noticed a request from a reader for a mermaid tail pattern for 18″ dolls in the comments over the weekend and remembered seeing one on Pinterest recently.

how to make mermaid tails for dolls

The angry chicken blog has a great pattern and tutorial for making mermaid tails for both Bitty Baby and American Girl dolls – this pattern can easily be adapted to fit most dolls 15-18″ that have soft bodies.

mermaid pattern for dolls

McCall’s also has a pattern for four different doll costumes you can sew including a mermaid costume. You can find the pattern at most fabric stores or via Amazon (McCall’s Patterns M6452 18″ (46cm) Doll Costumes, One Size Only).

knitting pattern for barbie mermaid tail

If you know how to knit, this looks like a fun pattern for making Barbie her own mermaid tail.

make barbie mermaid tail

And here is a simple tutorial to make your Barbies – or really any doll – her own mermaid tail with some simple sewing.

Have a mermaid kind of a Monday!

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  1. i LOVE the seconed pic soooooooo cute! and firstie!

  2. the seconed pic is soooooooo cute i love it! and firstie!!!

  3. nooooooooooooooooo i like posted almost the same thing!!!

  4. These r cool I like the one blue one with the generation doll in it

  5. Fourthie! I love the second pic!

  6. Isabella says:

    I saw the MCalls one in a book yesterday at Joanns when I was finding a simple pattern!

  7. This a great and does anyone know how to make a hand fan like Elizabeth or MG ?

  8. These are awesome! Lol!

  9. SO CUTE!

  10. i made a mermaid tail out of duct tape

  11. Jess – you should send in pictures