Mermaid sequin fabric is THE coolest fabric around. It turns color by flipping the sequins up or down, it’s easy to sew (no need to trim away sequins along a seam line), and it’s great for garments and home decor.
You may have seen this fabric popping up on pillows in home stores. It’s a great product for kids and is even being considered a type of fidget “toy,” despite it being a pillow. Petting this mermaid sequin fabric is so addicting!
I spotted this fabric at the Vogue Fabrics booth at Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Schaumburg, Il. I knew I had to get some for my twin girls. The love anything sparkly and I thought it would keep their hands busy. Instead of making a pillow, I opted to transform a sweatshirt for each of them, using their favorite colors: pink and purple. I imagined them petting their tummies all through preschool. How cute!
These photos were taken before I re-sewed the neckline binding back onto the sweatshirts, hence the pins. But you get the idea! I used a serger for the armhole and side seams and a standard machine for the neckline and hem binding. A twin needle would have been preferred, but I didn’t have access to one at the Expo.
Meg Healy, of BurdaStyle, wanted to make one for herself after watching how easy it was. She spelled out the tutorial to make it easy for anyone to follow.
What else can we do with this sparkly fabric? Why not make an actual mermaid tail with it? We have an easy pattern that’s meant for a blanket-type tail, and it would make a great gift for a little one in your life. You could use the mermaid sequin just for the bottom fin or for the entire blanket. If doing the latter, be sure to line it with something soft to ensure no one gets scratched by a stray sequin. The fin won’t need lining, as it’s sewn as a separate piece from the rest of the blanket.
This would also make a neat unicorn horn. Oh how my girls would love THAT!
Enjoy your mermaid sequin fabric and let us know what you’ll create!