Giveaway: Merry Mermaid from We Make Dolls

June 14, 2012, 12:32 pm  Posted by needlearts

Community pools are open, the water is getting warmer at the beach, and we’re ready to make a splash with this week’s free project. That’s right: even the puns around here are summer-themed now that it’s June!

To celebrate the warmer weather, we’re giving away Merry Mermaid from We Make Dolls two ways this week: You can comment for a chance to win the actual project from the book, or you can download a PDF of the project instructions and make it yourself!

Look familiar? Maybe it’s because this popular project comes from Danita Art. Those of you who visit her blog already know she dabbles in many mediums, including mixed-media and jewelry. You probably also know her for her vibrant use of color. If you haven’t already, stop by Danita’s blog or see her colorful cast of characters in her Etsy shop.

To enter for a chance to win the one and only Merry Mermaid, sewn and stuffed as you see here, please leave a comment on this post by 9 p.m. EST on Friday, June 15. Monday, June 25. Any comment is fine—though we’d love to hear what you’re planning to make first this summer. One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries and notified by Monday, June 18 Wednesday, June 27. Tina W. is the winner!

Click here for the official rules.

Don’t despair if you don’t win. You can make your very own mermaid! To download the project, just follow the links below.

Download the Merry Mermaid instructions.

Download the Merry Mermaid templates.

  • http://twitter.com/StacySews Stacy Schlyer

    OOOOOH, I LOVE the dolls in this book! Crossing my fingers to win this cutie!

  • http://featheredneststudio.com/ Jennet

    Lovely Mermaid! First on my summer project list is a new summery table runner or placemats for our dining room table.

  • Natch

    This is inspiring. I wonder if I can work something like it up in crochet, though it will not be as cute.

  • Natch

    This is inspiring. I wonder if I can work something like it up in crochet, though it will not be as cute.

  • Misskarma53

    Oh  my goodness.  She is so cute.  I just love mermaids and I am going out east and who knows I might see a few.

  • http://keepyoureyesshut.tumblr.com/ Xristaina

    this mermaid is one of a kind!i love the majority of the projects in this book :)

  • Dena Lamble Gerkitz

    So cute I would trade my Red Riding Hood doll for one…

  • Twogirlsandagarden

    Oh man she is cute. I really have not done any dolls or animals with sewing or knitting. I have gotten into looking at them lately and thinking I should try to make some. They would be awesome to give to charity. Although I would have to keep one for myself!

  • amorette

    love the rosy cheeks!

  • justval

    The Merry Mermaid is adorable! A good friend is expecting her first child and I will definitely make Ms. Merry for her newborn. Also thinking about some knitted blocks!

  • diane brides

    love to have Merry Mermaid, she would look to cool in my bathroom! Sea scape design!

  • Mandy L.

    She is adorable! Love her!

  • Melissa

    Thank you for your generous giveaway.  All watery things are lovely to me.

  • Woolensails

    I am working on a civil war, americana wall quilt and a summer quilt for my bed.
    I love Danita’s art and characters and I love mermaids, that is the theme in my bathroom, would love a chance to win one of her pieces.


  • Mosaic Magpie

    Love the personality that is expressed in her face.  Thank you for the pattern and instructions.

  • L Jean-Louis

    the doll is absolutely beautiful, downloaded the pattern and will pick up the book since this seems like a fun new hobby.

  • Needlesing

    Oh, my 5 year old wants a la la loopsie mermaid doll for her birthday.  This is much cuter.  Thank you!!

  • Twinymela

    This is an adorable project!! And the book looks amazing!!

  • Thecraftingfiend

    cute! I love mermaids!

  • Lindsey

    This doll really caught my attention – I love it and shared the etsy link with my friends. Thank you again Lark Crafts! 

  • Michelle Startzman

    I love this mermaid doll! This summer I’ll be working on wood, metal and enamel pieces for my thesis show in the spring.

  • http://missvintagegirl.blogspot.com/ Kristin

    She is so adorable! Ironically, the first thing I’m working on this summer is a knitted shawl that I won’t be able to use for months. But I’m also going to be working on some little memory books from our family vacation back in October.

  • Kelley

    Merry Mermaid is so lovely! I am planning on making some summer/beach themed decor projects for my house this summer.

  • Rchelle

    well since you posted about signing up for the giveaway 2 hours ago on facebook I hope that means we still can!!  I am in a quilting mood this summer but will definetly be making one of Danita’s mermaids, LOVE her work so much. Lucky to have a few of her prints.

  • Dinah Carolipio

    What a lovely mermaid!  I am so happy to have discovered your site. You have wonderful ideas and resources.  Thank you for sharing all you do.  If I don’t win, I will be busy trying to make my very own merry mermaid for my little girl who would love love love this for her b-day this August. :)

  • Dinah Carolipio

     Oh sorry.  I just realized maybe this giveaway is closed.  Excuse my loss of date recognition. ;)   I still enjoy your site anyways! :)

  • Tina W.

    I love Danita’s art, and this mermaid is no exception!

  • Tina W.

    I love Danita’s art, and this mermaid is no exception!

  • Tina W.

    I love Danita’s art, and this mermaid is no exception!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QMZIEFLQNRLIQVE25XOZFNLG7M Kathy

    I love this. Aww, look at the tattooed man on the cover.

  • Scotdog

    Boohoo…missed out on the deadline, but what a cute project.  I can see this with a few beads incorporated.  I do believe I AM going to download this and Invest in the adorable book

  • Jill


  • Donna Grant- Walker

    This is so cute and I am new to crafting so this would be a great addition to crafting ideas

  • Hope Amen

    Love Danita’s art and mermaids…such a sweet doll! My email is sheepmoo11@gmail.com ( just in case I am the lucky one!)

  • LaLa

    Danita is awesome!  This mermaid is so adorable!

  • sandie sinatra

    Danita’s Merry Mermaid is adorable!!!  I would LOVE to win her!  Thanks for the chance!!  This summer I am planning on making some felt dolls, some crocheted ones, and whatever other medium I decide to try!!  I also plan to start finishing my miniature bears that have been cut out and waiting patiently to be worked on!!!  


  • Leanne

    the mermaid is very cute!  thanks for sharing Danita!

  • Jessica P

    This mermaid would be a wonderful addition to my already growing Danita collection- I just LOVE your work! 


  • Psmullican

    I have an addiction to mermaids and this one is just TOO cute! I plan to finish course work for my masters program so I’m not sure what I’ll get made. I am making good use of my new ice cream maker. Today I made strawberry sherbet. YUM! Happy Summer!

  • http://melmacklin.blogspot.com.au/ Mel Macklin

    Since I’ve resigned myself to the fact I’ll never be able to be a mermaid myself when I grow up, winning Danita’s lovely little fishy would be the very next best thing! I’ll be spending my Dry Season (I’m in tropical Australia, so it’s a cooler sort of extended summer here!) drawing new artworks to put on my market and Etsy Shop.
    All nice things, Mel x

  • http://www.facebook.com/brookiemsmith Brookie Smith

    Dang it if I am a few hours late! LOVE all of Danita’s art. Thanks for the opportunity to win! Love her little stars! They make me giggle…

  • Kellyperris

    The wee mermaid is lovely!!! Thanks for sharing Danita!!!

  • Michelle@A Pinch of Prim

    I LOVE Danita’s artwork. Crossing my fingers that I win!!! The mermaid is adorable.

  • Sandy Panagopoulos

    Adorable.  I’ve tried my hand at a few art dolls, and crocheted dolls, but never anything like this.  Love it

  • Refibered

    What a terrific doll! Thanks for hosting a fabulous giveaway!

  • CherylH

    This is sooooo cute!

  • Mari T.

    Love Danita’s Merry Mermaid!  Bought the book…looking forward to creating some of the projects w/my niece this summer.  Thx for offering this giveaway!