Saturday, July 28, 2012

How to Make Merna the Mermaid Doll a Cut n Sew project available on Spoonflower

1. Cut out all the doll pieces leaving about a 1/4" of white around the design for sewing

2. Pin two arm pieces together with the right sides facing in.
It helps to hold it up into the light and see that you've matched it up well.
Tip:  for those of you, like me, who's eyes aren't as sharp as they used to be... you can take a sharp pencil and lightly sketch along the edge of the print.  This will help you know where to sew.

Sew along the tan line all the way around leaving the top open.
Tip: when you sew, it is sometimes difficult to sew exactly on the line, so it may be best to sew slightly inside the line so when you turn it later, there will be no white fabric showing.
3.   Clip the corner between the thumb and hand but be careful not to clip your stitches.  Turn the arm right-side out and stuff.

 4.  Pin your arms in place on Merna's body.  The best way to do this is to lay the pretty side of the fabric down and pin the arms inside the frame of her body with the open edges of the arms lined up to her sides facing out. 
Then, lay the back piece of Merna's body down on top sandwiching the arms inside.
 5.  Pin all the way around.  Make sure that the pieces are lined up correctly and both of the pretty sides are facing in. Take your time with this step!  Once you have everything lined up correctly, sew all the way around leaving about a 2" space for turning.

6.  Clip the corners at her hair, neck and fin.  Again, careful not to clip your stitches.  Turn the doll right side out and stuff.

7.  Sew the hole closed using a whipstitch.
Merna the Mermaid panels are available at Spoonflower.  They are available in Purple, Blue, Green or Pink.  If you purchase a fat quarter, it will make 1 doll.  If you purchase a full yard, it will make 4!  I also have a variety pack available where 1 yard will give you 4 dolls, one in each color.

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