I made these no sew Mermaid Tails for my daughter’s Mermaid Party a few years ago. They were so easy and super cute!
Since showing them on my blog, I have received a ton of questions on how I made them. I will try to share what I remember in detail today.
At the time of the party, I took a photo of my daughter’s tail for people to use as a template and guide.
This is very much a quick DIY craft project. You can just cut the fabric as pictured above from a yard of fabric and it should work, but might not be perfect for each girl. Here are some of my answers to frequently asked questions.
How much fabric will I need?
The best advice I can give on how to make these yourself is to measure your little mermaid’s waist then add some extra fabric to the width for wrapping. Try wrapping a towel or some fabric around her waist and use that as a guide as to how much fabric you will need to buy. I only had to make four tails, so I think I bought one yard per child and that was plenty of fabric.
How do I know exactly where to put the velcro? Are there particular measurements?
I wrapped a yard of fabric around my daughter’s waist to figure out where I would place the velcro and hole to tie the end of the fabric through. Mark the spots, then proceed to add the velcro (in two places) then cut a small hole. The hole should be on the side of the waist.
There was no particular measurements, it was done quickly by wrapping the fabric around the waist.
How do you tie these tails on their waist?
Test it by trying it on your little mermaid.
- Wrap the fabric around her waist and use the velcro to hold one side together. If they are tiny, the velcro might end up on their back and not the side. It’s okay.
- On the other side of the waist, push the corner of the fabric through the hole, bring the fabric up over the top edge and tie it in a loose knot.
- Now with both sides held together (one with the velcro and one with the knot), the entire skirt stays up on the girl’s waists.
How do I get the tail to line up perfect in the back?
After making sure the waist fits. Then you can cut the fabric in the shape of the template. It might not be perfect, but you can move the skirt around the girl’s waists until the tail is in the back.
After measuring your child from the waist to the floor. Cut the fabric in the shape as you see in the photo. Try it on your mermaid and make sure it works before proceeding.
I had to trim mine several times before it fit my daughter. Then I used her tail as a template for the other girl’s tails.
I centered the tail shape in the middle of where I had the hole and the velcro.
As you can see in the photo above, the tail was really short one of the taller girls, but she didn’t seem to mind! I planned for one tall little girl, but I didn’t realize how tall some of the others would be.
How did you do the tail? What kind of fabric is that green fabric?
The green fabric is some kind of mesh sparkly tulle type of fabric. Sorry, I have no idea what it’s called. ha! Like I said, I’m not a good seamstress.
I took a big square of the green fabric and tied it together at the top in a knot. I then folded down the knot and hot glued that to the blue fabric.
Hot glue the edges to the rest of the tail and trim the fabric into the shape of the tail.
I hope I didn’t confuse you even more! Just have fun with this project, the girls won’t care if they are perfect or not:-)
View more from my daughter’s Mermaid Party!
Shop the Mermaid Party Collection for your own Little Mermaid.
Originally published on July 9, 2012. Last Updated on April 18, 2019 by Amy Locurto