Mermaid Fun with StencilGirl

Summer is here and so are new Mermaid Stencils by StencilGirl. Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out all the fun projects on this StencilGirl Creative Team Mermaid  Madness Blog Hop!

I had so much fun playing with the new Love Mermaid stencil by Cathy Nichols . After playing with some ideas I decided to make a summery pillow. I hope you enjoy the tutorial and if you make a pillow I would love to see it. Just leave me a comment with your link or tag me on Instagram.

Supplies Needed:

Mermaid Stencil, Fabric Paint (any brand will work), Mini Mister or small spray bottle if paint is not already in a bottle, Neutral Cotton Fabric, 2 printed fabrics that coordinate, Embroidery Thread, Embroidery Needle, Embroidery Hoop (optional), Straight Pins, Sewing Machine (you could also hand stitch), PolyFil stuffing.

Let’s get started!

Cut a piece of neutral fabric a little bigger than the mermaid. I cut mine the size of the stencil which is 9×12 inches but you can do any size. Using a fabric paint in a sprayer, spray through the stencil. I used two colors of Dye-Na-Flow paint. I already had this paint in my stash and just put a little in a mini mister. You can find fabric paint in spray bottles at Michaels or Hobby Lobby. Let paint dry or dry with a heat gun.

Pick out a coordinating background fabric and cut to your desired size. I cut mine about 2 inches bigger than the mermaid piece of fabric. Pin your mermaid to the background fabric.

Stitch you mermaid to your background fabric. I used a coordinating thread and used a simple zig zag stitch. If you don’t have a sewing machine you can hand stitch.

Insert your piece into an embroidery hoop and start embellishing some of the stencil lines with embroidery thread. I used a simple back stitch with a variegated DMC thread.

Here’s detail of her tail. I used a blue green variegated DMC thread. Have fun with this step! You can add detail to all the lines or just highlight some of the lines.

Now pick out a fun fabric for the back of the pillow and pom pom trim to coordinate with your piece. Cut your background the same size as your front piece of fabric.

Pin your pom pom trim all the way around the front piece of fabric as shown. Note that the pom poms face in towards your piece.

Stitch your pom pom trim to the fabric with a straight stitch. You have to stitch fairly slow to make sure your pom poms don’t get stuck under the stitching.

This is what your pom pom trim should look like after stitching. Be sure and remove the pins.

Pin the back fabric to the front fabric right sides together. Line up the edges. It will be lumpy because of the pom pom trim. Pay close attention to your pom pom trim and make sure the pom poms don’t get pinned in your edge seam.

Straight stitch around the edge and leave an opening at the bottom that is big enough to get stuffing and your hand in. It helps to sew slow so that the pom poms don’t get into your straight stitch.

Before you turn your pillow right side out be sure and trim the corners off so the corners turn nicely.

Turn your pillow right side out through the hole you left in the bottom. It should look like this. If your fabric is a little wrinkled you can lightly iron it before you stuff it.

Stuff your pillow with polyfil to the desired fullness. Then hand stitch your bottom opening shut.

And now you have a fun mermaid pillow for summer decorating. Have fun with this project. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments below. I can’t wait to see what you make.

Be sure and check out StencilGirl for all the new Mermaid Stencils.

Win A Mermaid Stencil!

Don’t forget to stop by all the other Creative Team Members blogs to check out their fun mermaid projects and to enter to win a mermaid stencil. Comment on this blog or any of the others by noon CST on 7-16-17. Winners notified by email on July 17th. Good luck!

StencilGirl Creative Team Mermaid Madness Blog Hoppers

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More mermaid projects from Gwen Lafleur, Karen Gaunt, Tina Walker, and Louise Nelson can be found HERE.

Be sure and check out original mermaid projects from the designers HERE.

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26 thoughts on “Mermaid Fun with StencilGirl

  1. I have never stenciled on fabric before, but this is beautiful. So thanks for the idea, now my house will never get cleaned!

  2. Fantastic pillow.
    Using embroidery for
    highlighting was a great
    idea. Love the blue
    ball fringe (my favorite
    color). I’d put this on
    my bed and enjoy looking
    at it everyday.
    thanks for sharing

  3. As much as I absolutely love the stencil, I love your project, too. I’ve never done anything on fabric before but now I’m tempted.

  4. Cindy, I’m so into mermaids and love the way you made your pillow using the stencil. The little blue tassels and your choice of colors were GREAT. Nice job.

  5. This project made me miss my sewing machine. This is definitely a gorgeous project and perfect for that extra bit of summer fun or even as a gift to those mermaid lovers. I loved the embroidery detail on her fin. The colors were perfect and the choice of fabric and Poms really made the mermaid stencil a fun centrepiece for the pillow. She’s gorgeous and thr bright colors just scream summer. Thank you for a very different way to use these gorgeous stencils. I would have never thought of making a pillow with these beauties, but now I see the options are truly limitless. I really love those Poms and the color is my favorite!! They made me think of bubbles astound the mermaid. Gorgeous work! I won’t forget this tutorial. ( boley_1 (at) yahoo dot com)

  6. I love this use of the stencil and the water-colored bobble fringe around it. What great fun this project is!

  7. I think everyone should have a mermaid pillow with Pom pom trim! The world would be a much better place!

  8. I LOVE this idea to use Dye-na-flow with a stencil on fabric! I have some of that dye I’ve used on silk scarves, but never thought of using it with stencils! Fun! I would love to win a stencil!

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