Friday, May 8, 2015


I have a brand new great, granddaughter due in a few weeks-Charlotte Ann. A few weeks ago I received a photo of an infant sporting a crocheted mermaid outfit with the comment-"Isn't this cute" from Charlotte Ann's little mama. In other words-"I sure would like this for Charlotte Ann". 

I get these "hints" quite often from one or another of my girls and while working on the mermaid [of course I went on an instant search for a pattern-which I purchased from a fellow independent designer on] the idea to create a mermaid sewing pattern came to mind. Ye old sketch pad and pencils came out as soon as the crocheted mermaid was done.

Getting on task and staying there has become a problem but Charlotte Ann's Newborn Mermaid Pattern was finally finished yesterday along with accompanying video tutorials edited and uploaded onto YouTube.

Once the pattern was drafted, three different versions were made to see how they would look and how quick and easy they were.

I went shopping in my stash and came up with these:
thought this one could have the look of fish scales for a classy mermaid-have kept this fabric squirreled away for years using snippets here and there-would love to find it again
 a purple lame
 this beautiful sea looking piece
 a metallic mottled gold one that might coordinate with all the pieces 
here is what they became

This prairie point version is the most involved using the continuous prairie point technique in my video tutorial @ 

the lame is in the quilted version

and, of course, every self respecting mermaid needs matching headbands and top

headbands can be worn around baby's chest also 

The mermaid pattern is available in My Craftsy Pattern Store @
The video tutorial for the mermaid tail:
and for the quilted sea shell motifs

So, Charlotte Ann's mermaid outfits are waiting for her and we are waiting impatiently for her to make her appearance. 

Have a great and blessed crafting day
Carolyn Wainscott

check out all my crafting/quilting designs in My Craftsy Pattern Store @

Hawaiian style "Circus" baby quilt

50" x 50" Sunbonnet Sue Baby quilt
 8" Padded letters

50" x 50" Angel Baby Quilt pattern

Charlotte Ann's Newborn Mermaid Pattern