I Won a Mermaid Sewing Kit and This is How I Made It!

I had the honour of winning a competition a little while ago on Instagram from the brilliant  Gidsy and Jo. I was lucky enough to receive one of their Mermaid Sewing Kits, available to buy on Etsy. These wonderful kits are designed by Martha, mum to a couple of boys, and an avid maker herself. Martha also writes on her blog frequently about creative projects you can make with your children and is currently running a free 5 day course that is all about you finding time to make more. You know a I love another creative mum-run business and this one definitely fits the bill. 

I was very excited to win the mermaid, especially as having a boy myself I don't tend to buy many things like mermaids, unicorns, or fairies (much to my dismay). I'm not saying there is anything wrong with boys playing with these things, but mine seems to be intrinsically drawn to trains, diggers and dinosaurs. Go figure! But I made him a mermaid and he loves it. Here is a little run down of what the making process was like, and the finished result.

 

...you just need a sewing machine and you are good to go.

Included in the kit are the pre printed design of the mermaid, which also serves as a pattern for cutting it out, embroidery thread, needle, and instructions for sewing. Things that you will also need are scissors, a small amount of toy filler and small (4") embroidery hoop to complete your project (you can find these at any craft store or on ebay). Also you will need a chopstick for getting the filling into all the hard to reach places like the end of her tail! Other than that you just need a sewing machine and you are good to go.

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The kit is suitable for children from the age of 8 to make it.

This is what my embroidery looked like. I'm not amazing at embroidery, printing is more my thing, but this is a beginners intro to embroidery so it wasn't too difficult for me. The kit is suitable for children from the age of 8 to make it. Any younger than that and you would be better off making it for them. The finished toy is safe for children of any age to play with.

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She's ready for her final seam and filling to be inserted. Thats the fun part for me! 

 

 

Here's our girl once her arms, waist and tail have been sewn together. She's ready for her final seam and filling to be inserted. Thats the fun part for me! I did the filling while I was sat in front of an episode of Better Call Saul drinking a glass of wine. I wouldn't recommend any 8 year olds do this but it worked for me!

The first thing Rebecca Mermaid did once she was made was make some new friends in Owen's room on his Blue and Gold play mat.

Then she spent some time lying around on the Blue and Gold play mat by herself.

She took a stroll round the block using the Miniature Blue and Gold play mat as a pram blanket.

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But she felt like a fish out of water and decided her favourite place to hang out was on the new Map Print Play Mat with the Porpoises!