This is the basket from Anna Graham's book, Handmade Style. These baskets are perfect for around the home, or in baby's room. I did have to shrink the mermaid pattern by about 10% to fit it perfectly on the front of the basket. That's one of the things I love about PDFs- you can make them bigger or smaller depending on the application. I used an old Cotton + Steel print for the tail/body and love the metallic dots to make it look like mermaid scales.
Have you heard of One Thimble digital sewing magazine? I've been a contributor for a couple issues (see here and here) and like this time, I've joined in on the Pattern Revolution blog tour. This issue has patterns for women, kids, and additional goodies. One Thimble 16 will have you dreaming of underwater adventure! You'll have a chance to enter to win a copy, so keep reading to find out how.
I chose the FMA (Free Motion Applique) patterns from Inkling Threads to sew up and they are so sweet! Meet Meg the Mermaid and Murray the Merman!
Just what the heck is Free Motion Applique?! Well, you start with shapes cut out of fabric and draw in the detail with your thread! Here's Murray in progress (I decided to leave off the mustache at the last minute). At this point, I had already attached my fusible webbing to the wrong side of my fabric. It's so fun going through my scrap stash to find the perfect "clothes" for these guys.
For the merman, I created a Sand Free Tote for my youngest son, who has a special talent of bringing half the beach home with us. It has a mesh bottom so just the toys and towel, without the sand, comes back into the house.
Supplies: Water resistant Cordura and webbing from Paccana, By Annie's Lightweight Mesh from Emmaline Bags.
Meg the Mermaid was the perfect feature to add to a basket I made for a friend's baby shower.
Here's a closeup so you can see the detail. The crown was a bit nerve-wracking, but I'm pretty impressed with the results. Her sweet little face and flowy hair are exactly how I'd picture a real mermaid. Doesn't it make you want to put a mermaid on everything? #putamermaidonit
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Hi! I'm Reece and I love to sew! I'm also a mom and a wife. I love being crafty and sharing tips.
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