Saturday, September 26, 2020

One Sleeve Balloon Top for Barbie (or Curvy Barbie) -Two Options

I've been tickled by some pictures I've seen of tops that only have one sleeve. As I was sitting here it dawned on me that balloons would naturally provide that look... So I whipped up two tops, one with a second arm hole and one that's off the shoulder. Both only require a pair of scissors and minute of your time. This is another fun project for a girls sleepover, you can make a ton of tops from a $1 pack of balloons. As always, I do suggest you make a test top before you have a group of giggling girls looking at you in anticipation of dressing their dolls:@)


The off the shoulder version, which looks a little dressier:

And one with a scooped neck and second arm hole, a little sportier:

I believe I used 12" balloons, they measured 2 1/2" across the widest part uninflated. 
The blacked out parts are where I cut the balloons.
There's a lot of wiggle room here, the stretchy balloons help cover up most minor flaws.
Off the shoulder:

Two arm holes:

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New Thrift Store Outfit for Barbie -Oktoberfest?

The thrift store had a My Scene doll wearing this fantastic outfit. I just love the color scheme and gauzy top with shirring at the waist, so I bought it. Does it remind anyone else of Oktoberfest??? If I had a 1:6 scale stein of beer I would have added it to the pic... Since I really only wanted the outfit I handed the doll back for resale ~a win-win:@) The outfit fits our Curvy Barbie model and I think she looks adorable and ready for fall! 


A separate purchase the same day, they also had this little faux fur coat with a Barbie label... 
I didn't even notice until I got to the register that it matched the outfit!
Barbie says every girl likes to feel a little glamorous every once in a while๐Ÿ˜‰


Grab it when you see it and have a happy day๐Ÿ˜Ž

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Barbie -The Original As Seen On TV Ad?

Ha, ha, if Mattel only knew how far the marketing term "as seen on TV" would go! Pinterest says this is an old 1959 ad from the LA Times, thought I'd share... 


Have a happy day๐Ÿ˜Š

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Easy Barbie Pumpkin Halloween Costume -No Sew

Waaaaaay back in the 1980's it was popular for fabric manufacturers to sell panels of fabric that were designed to be cut out into pillow shapes, and one year I made pumpkin Halloween costumes from panels for my sons too. This made life a little easier for a working mom:@) I was reminded of this recently when I saw a simple Jack-O-Lantern poncho type top for women on LTD Commodities... So I decided it would be fun to create one for Barbie too! The key to this project is using a fabric that drapes well. My cotton was only washed once or twice, a well worn t-shirt or different type of fabric might be best.

And of course it's easy to add a cute headband from a recycled bottle ring, wrap some pipe cleaners for vines and glue on a leaf or two to mimic the stem. 


What I did:
  1. Draw 9" wide circle on fabric (doesn't need to be perfect). This will bring the top down to her wrists. It can be shorter or longer.
  2. Cut out, you can cut zig zag into bottom if desired, I used pinking shears. You can also glue sewing trim to the bottom for a cute decoration.
  3. Fold circle in half twice into cone shape. Measure down 1/2" from point, draw half circle, cut hole in center just big enough for Barbie's head to fit through. Glue sewing trim around the hole for decoration if desired. I used a string of sequins and Liquid Stitch.
  4. Create the Jack-O-Lantern face. This can be drawn on with a Sharpie (which is what I used), cut pieces of fabric and glue on, use stickers, or I've even seen specific buttons designed for this exact purpose at Joann Fabric.
  5. From here, you're basically done. You can continue decorating and designing as desired๐Ÿ˜Ž
A few possible sewing trim embellishments:

Barbie says it's never too early to start planning for Halloween๐Ÿ˜‰

The LTD Commodities version, my inspiration:

Halloween Pumpkin Costume Poncho

And if you'd like to make a crochet poncho, my free pattern can be found here.


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Saturday, September 12, 2020

#1 Fan Foam Finger for Barbie -DIY Free Template

Barbie asks... Are you ready for some football??? We sure are here at DIY Barbie Blog! The football season kicks off in earnest Sunday and to show some support for our team, I made a small, Barbie size foam finger. I didn't have green, black or white, but did have some pink craft foam leftover from an old project. And if anyone can pull off pink, it's Barbie:@) So that's what I used. 


What I did:

Trace pattern onto foam, flip pattern over and trace another one.
Cut out, aim for ~outside~ of drawing line (maybe make the wrist a little wider too, got mine on, but tight).
Glue two sides together. Tip: Put two sides with drawing line to the inside.
Glue up the outer sides leaving bottom open so you can slip the doll's hand inside (I used hot glue).
Finish drawing fingers and outline, add #1 if desired (I used a regular size Sharpie).
Dress doll in team gear, add foam finger and settle in for game day!

Make something just for fun and have a happy day๐Ÿ˜Ž
Oh and... GO EAGLES!!!

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Dollar Tree Alert! Funky 1970's Type Floor Lamp for Barbie

I saw this little battery operated desk light at Dollar Tree and thought it would make a neat floor lamp for Barbie. It's kind of funky and has a retro look as is, I especially like the metal pole. It's 8" tall from the floor to the top of the pole. This look would work in a livingroom or bedroom.

You can easily glam it up by gluing on some fringe trim or a ruffle:

Or add some beaded trim:

As of this time, I've left the beaded trim on๐Ÿ˜‰
It's an LED light, so it's a bit bright when lit.
Even if I don't use it as a lamp for dioramas, it might help add some light for pictures...

The lamp:
The box is only about 4".

A pic with it lit plain...
Other DIY posts:

~Grab it when you see it and have a happy day๐Ÿ˜Ž

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Barbie's 2020 Kentucky Derby Hat

The Kentucky Derby will be run this Saturday, September 5th and one of the fun things about it is people watching and looking at all of the extravagant hats.  I found a pack of spotted craft feathers at the thrift store and thought they would be the perfect embellishment for a hat for Barbie... The crochet hat I started with is from Ma's craft stash. I added a small cluster of feathers anchored by a sheer organza ribbon bow, and of course, we have to have at least one satin rose for this race.


Mint juleps and hot brown sandwiches will be spectator favorites...

And Barbie says every southern lady should have at least one string of pearls...

Enjoy the race everyone, and have a happy day๐Ÿ˜‰

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Saturday, August 29, 2020

$1 Snuggie Blanket for Chelsea or Kelly (Barbie) DIY

I saw these microfiber mits for wiping off cell phone screens at Dollar Tree and thought they might make a cute snuggie blanket for Chelsea. They could also be pajamas, or a fun Halloween costume. This is another simple ~deconstructing~ craft that only requires scissors. 


What I did:
1. Cut up the center of the back and across the top under the seam (but don't cut the seam).
2. Make a small hole on each side of the back side, under the ears, or on rounded part of chick's head.
3. Wrap around doll, push arms through the two holes...
4. Smile at your warm, cozy doll๐Ÿ˜Ž

What I started with, there were three choices at Dollar Tree:

Chelsea says she's ready for a little TV binge watching now๐Ÿ˜€

Using aquarium plants as Barbie props here.
How to paint plastic doll house furniture here.

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Saturday, August 22, 2020

Bridal Veil or Headband for Barbie from Dollar Store Baby Shower Party Favors

I used these little $1 baby bracelet party favors as necklaces for a fun kids craft here, and then thought the white one would make a pretty bridal veil. I had a circle of tulle, folded it to make sure the shorter end still covered Barbie's face, gathered about 2" in the center of the fold and tied it to the center of the bracelet. Then added a couple rhinestones and a silk rose to the headband. You could also use tulle from the roll you can get at the dollar store or craft stores.

I am pleased with the look, and more importantly, Barbie seems to be too๐Ÿ˜‰

The beautiful bride๐Ÿ˜Š


The bracelets I started with:

With the veil down:

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