- 2/3 yd Anti-pill Fleece, ivory
- 1 1/2 yds Glitterbug Panne, turquoise
- 1/2 yd Glitterbug Panne, spring green
- 1/2 yd Tulle, turquoise with metallic stars
- 1/4 yd Glitterbug, sequin fabric
- China marker, black or chalk
- Sewing machine
- Sewing notions
- To print the patterns, click on the "Download Project PDF" button (above).
- Cut out all pieces for blanket, according to pattern.
- FLEECE: Two full body pieces with additional 4" at top, two fins & one each of top, middle & bottom scales
TURQUOISE PANNE: One full body, one lower 10" of body & one each of top, middle & bottom scales
SPRING GREEN PANNE: Two fins
TULLE: Two fins
- Layer Fleece, Panne and Tulle right sides up. Pin together. Set aside.
- Pin the one full body Panne, right side out, to one Fleece body panel 4" down from the top of the Fleece. Sew around the sides with a 1/2" seam allowance. Sew a zig zag stitch at the edge on the top and bottom.
- Pin the 10" lower section of Panne, right side out, to the other full body, line up the bottom edges. Sew a 1/2" seam allowance on the sides. Sew a zig zag stitch at the edge on the top and bottom.
- Draw horizontal lines on the Fleece panel with Panne at the bottom section. Start at the top edge. Measure down 4", 2", 4", 7" & 8" (the 8" will be the space between the lowest horizontal line and the top edge of the Panne panel). This is the guide for pinning the scales and the fold over for the top edge of Fleece.
- Pin right sides together each of the three matching sets of scales. Pin from the Panne side. Sew a 1/2 seam allowance around the curves and sides only. Leave the top edge open to turn. Trim the sewn seams along the curves to 1/4" and notch to eliminate some bulk when turned. Turn each right side out. Pull out curves and sew around the curves as close to edge as possible.
- Lay the bottom row of scales onto the body panel matching up the top edge of the scale panel with the lowest horizontal line. Sew to the Fleece using a zig zag stitch close to the top edge of the panel. Repeat with the middle and top rows of scales.
- Pin the scale rows starting at the uppermost point of each curve continuing up to the top of the panel. Sew from the lower point up to the top of the panel. This will secure the panels to the Fleece and create individual scales.
- FIN PANELS:
- Sew a 1/2" seam allowance around the sides and the bottom of both fin panels. Use the pattern to transfer the lines onto the Tulle of the fin panels. Pin then stitch from the bottom up on each of the curved lines.
- Notch around all the curves.
- Pin right sides together front body panel (with scales) and one fin. Sew 1" seam allowance. Repeat with the body back panel and the other fin panel. Flip the seams up and sew to flatten to the inside of the blanket.
- Pin the fin panels and the lower sections of the body right sides together matching up the center of the fins and the transition seams between the fins and the body panels. Leave the top 10" unpinned.
- Fold over the top edges of the Fleece 4". This should cover the top edge of the Panne. Fold under the raw edge 1/2" and pin. Check the sides of the panels to make sure that they will line up with each other. Sew along the folded lower edge and the top edge of the Fleece border 1/4" seam allowance.
- Continue pinning along the sides of the body to the top of the Fleece.
- SEQUIN OPTION:
- Add Sequin fabric at the top of the tail where the cream fleece is measure the amount needed and pin.
- Sew around the entire outside edge of the body with a 1" seam allowance. This deep seam will be helpful if there is any slippage of material. Sew a 1/2" seam allowance around the fin. Trim all seams on the body to 1/2".
- Turn right side out.
- Push out fin to full shape. If desired, sew once around the perimeter of the fin. This will flatten out the shape.
- To eliminate bulk in the body, substitute the fleece backing on the scales for Panne.
- For a different look on the scales, alternate the 3 layers with various combinations of Panne with and without layers of Tulle. Additional Tulle will be necessary.
- The fin of the blanket could be stuffed with batting and closed off at the top edge between the fin and the body. The blanket presented here has the body and the fin as one open cavity, feet may extend into the fin.