Mermaid Doll Sewing Pattern

8.28.2017

My newest doll pattern is here! Swimming into my shop is this sweet mermaid doll PDF sewing pattern. I made a trio of mermaid friends and I love how different they look just by switching up the prints and hair accessories!

 Love this mermaid doll sewing pattern from Retro Mama!

The pattern includes tons of step-by-step photos (over 40 of them!) in addition to thorough written instructions. Glossary and tips sections help guide you through all the techniques to help you create beautiful, professional looking dolls.

 super cute mermaid sewing pattern by Retro Mama

 super cute mermaid doll sewing pattern by Retro Mama

 gorgeous mermaid doll by Retro Mama

There are so many ways to customize your doll--her hair and curvy tail are reversible (a straight tail option is included as well), I've included instructions to make two different felt flowers and a starfish process crown, and you can mix and match swimsuit, peplum, tail and fin fabrics to your heart's content!

 mermaid doll sewing pattern from Retro Mama

 mermaid doll sewing pattern from Retro Mama

 Mermaid doll sewing pattern

 Retro Mama mermaid princess doll

 Retro Mama mermaid doll sewing pattern

 Mermaid Doll PDF sewing pattern by Retro Mama

 flowers

Ready to dive into mermaid-making? The pattern is very straight-foward, but if you have never made a doll before then you might find it to be a bit challenging. I recommend this pattern for intermediate to advanced stitchers, as it requires several skills, including appliqué, hand embroidery, and lots of curvy stitching.

Last but not least, you may sell what you sew! Please refer to the shop listing for how home stitchers may sell items made from my patterns.

Additionally, now through the month of September, 20% of all mermaid sales will be donated to charities that will help animals affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Be sure to tag me on Instagram (@retro_mama) with your Retro Mama mermaid pics!

Happy Doll Making,
Kim

Arbor Blossom Blog Hop

6.13.2017

 Arbor Blossom Blog Tour
Oh gosh the cuteness. My head started spinning with possibilities when the lovely and talented Nadra Ridgeway asked me to take part in a blog hop for her new Arbor Blossom fabric line. The gorgeous colors, the darling florals, sigh. Thank you my friend, this is such a treat! If you're not already following Nadra on Instagram, I encourage you to do so for a daily dose of inspiration and quilty gorgeousness.

 Arbor Blossom fabric

Always hunting for perfect minty green fabrics, I felt like a kid in a candy shop when I saw just how many green prints were in this fabric line. In need of a new hot pad for my teapot, I knew a Granny Smith version of my Easy as Pie apple potholder was in my future.

 Scrap Happy Sewing apple potholder

 Scrap Happy Sewing apple potholder

 Scrap Happy Sewing apple potholder
:: apple potholder pattern from my book ::

And because you can never have too much fabric fruit around, I made a new pear pincushion as well. I keep several handmade pincushions throughout my sewing room, though instead of pins, they are stuck full of threaded embroidery needles--so convenient!

 cute pear pincushion

 cute pear pincushion
:: pear pincushion pattern from my shop ::

For my third project, I just had to make a zipper pouch with this amazing red floral print. I love using little notions as decorations, and I think this bag will be perfect for storing small sewing accessories. I started out with my sewing kit template and tinkered with it until I had a bag in the shape I wanted.

 cute little zipper pouch

 cute little zipper pouch

 cute little zipper pouch

A peek at the inside

 cute little zipper pouch

For more Arbor Blossom projects, follow along with the blog hop all week!


6.12 Heidi Staples fabricmutt.blogspot.com @fabricmutt
6.13 Kim Kruzich retro-mama.blogspot.com @retro_mama
6.14 LeAnne Ballard everydaycelebrate.blogspot.com @everydaycelebrations
6.15 Allison Jensen woodberryway.com @woodberry_way
6.16 Veronica AM vividfelicity.wordpress.com @vividfelicity
6.17 Nadra Ridgeway ellisandhiggs.com @ellisandhiggs


 Arbor Blossom Blog Hop

Arbor Blossom is available now, so no need to wait to get sewing!

Happy Stitching,
Kim

Made for Baby Blog Tour

6.07.2017

 Retro Mama | Made for Baby Blog Tour
What a treat it is to be a part of this blog hop! Ayda Algin’s new book, Made for Baby: Cute Sewn Gifts, is another wonderful addition to Tuva Publishing’s list of sewing titles. Gingham-themed and full of cute and useful projects, I found lots of inspiration in the beautiful styling and appealing fabric selections that capture Ayda’s style perfectly.

I don’t have any babies to stitch for at the moment (and my own “babies” are now *gulp* a teenager and pre-teen), but several of the baskets and organizer projects would be handy for any age or room. A helpful techniques section and diagrams throughout guide you through the trickier steps.

There was a little blank spot on the wall by my desk crying for a mail holder so I stitched up the House Wall Organizer. I have a bit of a thing for a cute house motif and using up scraps, so this project was right up my alley.

 house organizer

I put together a selection of brand new prints and older favorites paired with linen to match with the house ornaments already adorning my sewing room. Though time consuming, hand stitching the clamshells and applique was extremely satisfying.

 house organizer

 house organizer

The flower buttons were sitting right on top of the pile in my button jar, just waiting to be picked for this project!

 flower buttons

I couldn’t resist adding a house number from a favorite seed package print as a final detail.

 house organizer

Right at home

 house organzier

For more inspiration, be sure to visit the other stops on the hop, and enter to win some goodies on Ayda’s blog (entries close June 12).

May.03
Ayda Algin
@cafenohut
May.04
Jemima Flendt
@tiedwitharibbon
May.05
Sarah Edgar
@sarahedgarprettyfabrics
May.08
Lisa Cox
@aspoonfulsugar
May.09
Ange Hamilton
@alittlepatchwork
May.10
Lauren Wright
@mollyandmama
May.11
Melissa LeRay
@ohhowsweetco
May.12
Minki Kim
@zeriano
May.15
Faith Essenburg
@faithessenburg
May.16
Kristin Esser
@kristin_esser
May.17
Lauren Guthrie
@guthrieghani
May.18
Bridgette McNay
@thefamilyhearth
May.19
Torie Jayne
@toriejayne
May.22
Constanca Cabral
@constancacabral
May.23
Stacy Olson
@stacyolsondesign
May.24
Caroline Husle
@SewCaroline
May.29
Nadra Ridgeway
@ellisandhiggs
May.30
Wynn Tan
@zakkaArt
May.31
Sedef Imer
@downgrapevinelane
June.01
Lauren Nash
@transientart
June.02
Jennie Pickett
@cloverandviolet
June.05
Amy Sinibaldi
@amysinibaldi
June.07
Kim Kruzich
@retro_mama
June.08
Elea Lutz
@elealutz
June.09
Samantha Dorn
@aqua_paisley
June.12
Ayda Algin
@cafenohut


Happy Stitching!
Kim