Shark blanket (mermaid blanket hack)

Girl Child loved her mermaid tail blanket so much that I decided to make a shark blanket for Boy Child. I looked at several different versions I found with a Pinterest search. I liked the one made by Blankie Tails the best. I know the tail is not the right way for a shark. It is on like a whale tail instead. But the look appeals to me because I like the symmetry better than the ones that have a shark on it’s side.

I traced a picture of a shark blanket then used a scale ruler to approximate sizes for the pieces.  I wanted the pointed end of the body and the rounded mouth, so I added those to the length of the pattern for the mermaid tail. The tail needed to be shorter and more angular than the mermaid, I needed to add fins, and the top cuff had to be much thinner since it was a mouth. Having the rounded top added to the length of the body made up for having a shorter cuff. Finally, all good sharks need teeth, so I added those in as well. I made them slightly longer than the cuff so they just stick out above the red.

I fiddled with some paper templates until I was happy with the dimensions then I added the 1/2 inch seam allowance to all of my pieces. Cut 2 of each piece. Cut 4 total for the fins. I used my leftover fleece from the stuffed shark for the tails and fin. It was just enough. I had to use the solid blue for the bottom of the fins, but sharks are lighter on the bottom anyway, so it works!

Red fleece for the cuff. Because this is going around a curve it will measure longer than the width of the shark. For a 20 inch wide shark, I believe this piece ended up 26 inches long. The ends are angled to match the angle of the curve at the side seams. Although my drawing noted a 2 inch cuff, I thought 2.5 inches looked better. The total height of these pieces are 6 inches (5 inches for folded cuff plus 0.5 inches seam allowance on each side).

Grey fleece for the body. I went with 20 inches for the finished width at the top rather than the 18 in the picture.

White felt for the teeth and eyes. I left a scant 1/2 inch connecting all of the teeth together so it would be easier to sew into the seam. The length of the teeth is the same as the length of the cuff. I also used a scrap of black fabric for the pupils of the eyes. The whites of the eyes are 3 inch diameter circles and the pupils are 1.5 inch diameter circles.

Attach the pupils to the whites of the eyes, then attach the eyes to the front of the shark. I used Heat n Bond then stitched around the edges as well.

Put your fins together. I topstitch the seams to help keep the shape defined.

Mark the sides about 7 inches from the top of each side seam and pin the front edge of the fins there, right sides together. Place the other body panel on top of the fin. Sew the side seams

   

Sew the tail pieces together and top stitch.

Turn the tail right side out and stuff it inside the body so that right sides are together and seams match up. Sew the tail to the body then turn everything right side out.

Sew the short ends of the cuff together to make a tube. Press it in half lengthwise.

Pin the bottom of the teeth along the raw edge of the body. Pin the cuff to the body on top of the teeth, matching the side seams and making a sandwich of the teeth.

Sew the cuff and teeth to the body. Topstitch on the body side of the seam to help keep the cuff turned up. I ended up hand stitch the teeth along the edges to prevent them from curling up. You could do this, or use some Heat n Bond, or let them flare out.

 Sit back and enjoy watching your child get eaten by a shark!

 

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