Sew a mermaid costume for your favorite stuffed bear. Follow this easy pattern and instructions and your build a bear will be swimming in no time. A simple DIY craft tutorial idea.
My second daughter just turned 8 years old and she LOVES her Build a Bear, Sara. She also LOVES mermaids. So I thought I could combine the 2 and give her a one of a kind mermaid costume for her sweet Sara, for her Birthday.
Now I am not a seamstress by any means but I know enough to fumble through.
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- Butcher Paper to make the pattern
- Tape Measure
- Costume Fabric
- Organza Ribbon
- Shell Necklace
- Needle and Thread
I started out by taking measurements of her bear and creating a simple pattern on white paper.
I just used a simple costume fabric that had a nice shine to it. I am not sure of its exact name. I cut 2 of the tail and only 1 of the center strap and top.
For the ruffled edges, I used some organza ribbon I already had on hand and stitched along one edge and then pulled the string to gather the ribbon.
I placed the 2 tail pieces right sides together but before I sewed I pinned the gathered ribbon to the inside of tail fins. I used 2 different pieces of ribbon, one for each side.
With a seam allowance of about 1/2 inch, I sewed down one side and up the other leaving the top open. For the waist, I folded the top about 1 inch and sewed leaving about 1 inch so I could string the elastic. Once the elastic was strung I then sewed the gap shut. After I turned the tail right side out I wanted to put make the tail a little poofy but I didn’t have any batting so I just used wadded up grocery sacks and pushed them into the fins of the tail.
I got really excited at this point and forgot to take lots of pictures. BUT then I moved onto the top. For the top I took the one piece and folded it in half-length wise and sewed right side together, and then the same with the center strap. Pulled them both right side out. I stuffed the top again with grocery bags until I liked the shape. I again ruffled 2 smaller strips of the organza ribbon to put in the center of the top. I first hand stitched them to the center of the top and then used the thin center strap to try cover up the stitching, and hand stitched the center strap on the back of the top. Then I hand stitched a hook and eye onto the back straps to hold the top on.
For the bracelet, I found a pukka necklace at a yard sale for a quarter and just cut a small section out, took off several of the shells on each so I had some string to tie a knot. And WALLAH! a very simple bracelet.
All of the pieces came together very nicely and it was very simple to sew.
And just in case you were wondering my daughter (and Sara) loved the new outfit!
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