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Embrace Your Inner Ariel With This DIY Custom Mermaid Tail

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SUPPLIES

2 yards stretchy fabric

Scissors

Sewing machine

Swim fins (monofins work best)

A strong swimmer!

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Fold your fabric in half so the pattern side is not showing.

2. Measure the length from your waist to the floor, and mark it on your fabric.

3. Measure the circumference of your waist, hips, knees, and ankles. Take half of each measurement and mark it on your fabric. (You will also need to measure the distance between each measurement.)

4. Connect the markings with chalk lines.

5. For the tail, lay your swim fins out on the fabric, and trace around them. The tail looks best if created for a “mermaid monofin,” but swim fins also work well.

6. Pin the fabric around the chalk likes, and sew leaving the top open.

7. Inside out the fabric, and hem the top. Optional: gather the fabric on the front downward to create a more fitted look.

8. Hand stitch in place. Do the same to the back.

Your mermaid tail should be very tight to prevent drag. Swim in water you can stand in only. Happy swimming!

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