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I am a plush pattern designer, craft book author, and sewing teacher. I design patterns for stuffed animals from my home studio in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Sewing dolls and toys is my passion! I ...

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Maya the Mermaid

from Abby Glassenberg Design
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Maya the Mermaid
Maya the Mermaid Maya the Mermaid
Maya the Mermaid Two Mermaids
Maya the Mermaid Mermaid's Tail
Maya the Mermaid Mermaid's Tail
Maya the Mermaid Child and Mermaid

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • basting
  • ladder stitch

Pattern Description:

Make a splash when you make Maya the Mermaid! This 20" doll is fun to sew and makes a terrific gift for a child. She's got pretty long hair with a cute starfish accessory that sewn in place and an adorable little bikini. Maya is meant for real play by real kids. She's designed to be very sturdy and is entirely machine washable.

This listing is for a digital PDF sewing pattern. It will be emailed to you immediately after purchase. The templates are full-size and ready for you to print again and again. The instructions are written in easy to understand language and include clear photos at every step to guide you through the sewing. I recommend this pattern for confident beginners.

*Make the fish shown in the image with the child holding Maya the Mermaid with this free pattern on my blog: http://whileshenaps.com/2014/06/penny-the-fish-a-free-pattern.html

To make Maya the Mermaid you'll need:
1/4 yard of fleece in three different colors for her body, hair, and bikini
1/2 yard of fleece for her tail and a scrap for her starfish
lightweight fusible interfacing such as Heat'n Bond (available at all fabric stores)
1 pair of 12mm safety eyes
embroidery floss
all-purpose thread
fiberfill stuffing

This is an original sewing pattern by Abby Glassenberg. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved. It is illegal to distribute this pattern electronically or in hard copy without my permission.


You can sell items made from this pattern as long as you follow these regulations:

1. Keep a copy of your receipt as proof of purchase.
2. The items cannot be mass-produced. They must be made by hand, one at a time.
3. Items must be made only by the individual who purchased the pattern.
4. Credit is given to Abby Glassenberg as the pattern designer on a tag affixed to each item and, if selling online, the listing (on Etsy, etc.) must contain a direct link to where the pattern can be purchased.
5. You may make alterations to the pattern, but you must still link to the original pattern and credit Abby Glassenberg on the item's tags and listings.

Thank you!


  • 1/4 yard of fleece for her skin
  • 1/4 yard of fleece for her bikini top
  • 1/2 yard of fleece for her tail
  • scraps of fleece for hair and other details
  • light weight fusible interfacing
  • 12mm safety eyes
  • embroidery floss
  • coordinating thread
  • fiberfill stuffing

You Will Also Need:

  • disappearing fabric marker or chalk
  • embroidery needle
  • stuffing tool such as a chopstick
  • scissors
  • pins

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