Oct 9, 2016 By Abby Smith
Is it getting chilly yet in your neck of the woods? It certainly is where I live, and one of my favorite things about fall is turning on the fireplace, snuggling up with a warm blanket, and catching up on my favorite TV show or book. Blanket tails are a popular trend right now, and they’re a great way to keep you toasty on even the coolest evenings! Abby here from Sew Much Ado, and I’m back today sharing a free pattern to make your own adult sized mermaid tail blanket!
This mermaid tail is made from anti-pill fleece for maximum warmth, and if you haven’t sewn with fleece before, now it the time to start! It sews like a dream, and Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores carries a huge selection of many different solids and prints to choose from. And did you know that
You’ll be surprised at how quickly this blanket sews up – once you have the pattern pieces assembled, you’ll have it sewn in less than an hour (my kind of project)!
Let’s get to work!
Mermaid Tail Blanket Supplies:
• Anti-pill Fleece – 2.5yd for body, 2.25yd for top and fin
• Basic sewing supplies – thread, pins, scissors, etc
• Download the FREE MERMAID TAIL BLANKET PATTERN HERE. Print the pattern pages at 100% (make sure the printer is not set to scale) and tape together following the diagram below.
The pattern is sized to fit most adults. The finished tail is 31” wide at top when flat (62” in diameter) and 60” in length.
All seam allowances are ½” unless otherwise noted. Use a narrow and long zig zag stitch to accommodate the stretch in fleece.
Cut body, top, and fin portion as directed on pattern pieces. Be sure to note direction of greatest stretch and layout pattern pieces for body and fin prior to cutting to ensure a proper fit on fabric.
Right sides together, pin and stitch the straight edge of one fin to the bottom of one front/back body piece. Repeat with remaining fin and front/back bottom pieces.
Right sides together, pin and stitch front to back, leaving the top open. Clip curves and turn right side out.
Right sides together, pin and stitch front/back top pieces together along straight side edges.
Wrong sides together, fold the top piece in half, matching curved edges. Pin curved edges to top curved edges of the body, matching side seams and stretching body curves to fit top curves. Stitch along pinned edge and clip close to center point.
Turn top upward.
Topstitch 3/8” from the edge around fin for added stability and to help fin keep its shape when in use.
Climb in and enjoy your cozy new mermaid tail blanket!