Mermaid Cloth pad tutorial

This tutorial is for long awaited mermaid pad! I have decided to make it available free to all! To complete the tutorial you will need to purchase this awesome fabric specially designed for Stargazing Seamstress. The designs on this fabric have been optimized to shrink to size. Remember to pre wash all your fabrics before sewing! You can purchase the fabric on Spoonflower I recommend using performance pique fat quarter, the fabric colour fastness and print quality is fabulous also you can get all the 4 sizes 10, 11, 12 and 14 inch on one FQ! If you prefer cotton woven some prints can come out grainy, or not same vibrant quality as the performance pique. Also with FQ of cotton woven you will only get sizes 10,11 and 12″.

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Core in the Seam

Assemble the core with your chosen absorbent fabric to your preferred

absorbency. (more about absorbency in future posts) *It’s important that you cut one piece in exact shape of the ‘Core in the seam’ pattern piece. Cut ‘Booster’ piece to add absorbency and keep the pad trim around the edges (technique known as a stepped core where each additional absorbency layer is smaller) Stitching all the core pieces together will ensure they won’t bunch up inside your finished pad

Take the doll pad cut and either trim away the blue area outside of the

seam allowance (1cm) or follow steps to ‘sew on the line’

  Place the doll pad cut wrong side up, you will still be able to see faint outlines of seam allowance (the solid skin tone line around the pad shape).

Match the core to doll pad shape, core piece will be same size as the doll pad cut after it has been pre washed.

Pin the core to the topper fabric.

 Baste in place as shown on the picture above. Avoid sewing across the ‘arms’/wings. Stitch within the seam allowance 0.5cm from the core edge.

 *Skip this step if you have trimmed the excess blue fabric and are sewing with the 1cm seam allowance.

 Use a light box or DIY a lightbox as seen on this picture here, where I’m using a translucent lid from a plastic box and a table lamp to create a light box like surface. Light box will help to see printed lines much better. Using washable pen mark the ‘sewing line’ around the doll pad shape. **Remember you are marking the inner line, the one that will follow the exact shape and size of the pad not the seam allowance.