Saturday, January 16, 2021

Crochet Fringed Cowl for Barbie with Beaded Trim -Free Pattern

I had so much fun making my knit fringed cowl for Barbie here I chose a different yarn and dug out a crochet hook! This time I decided to give it a little extra embellishment by adding some beads to the bottom. You'll be able to whip the cowl up in 15 minutes, the fringe will take a little time. And if you opt to add the beads, well, plan on a couple hour project just to give yourself time to finish. 

A pic of the cowls, knit and crochet side by side:
Disclaimer: Folks, I am ~not~ a student of the yarn arts... I've never been able to follow a pattern and just wing everything I do. The few stitches I did know, well, it's usually so long between the times I pick up a hook or needles... I forget them! So, please just try to use my instructions as a guideline, and if you have any helpful tips for others, feel free to leave them in the comments. Thanks.

What I did:
H hook, sport or baby weight yarn
Ch 20
Slip stitch together, be careful not to twist the chain.
Double crochet all the way around (I went into the top loop only).
Chain 3 at end and slip stitch into first loop.
Make one more round of double crochet.
Chain 3, slip stitch into first loop to complete the circle.

Cut 5" pieces of yarn. 
My beads are 1/4" and I made sure the yarn would fit through the hole. I would aim for all of the beads being the same color next time. Those 'green' ones are not that bright in real life๐Ÿ˜•
I used a needle threader, poked it through the hole in the bead. Thread the yarn through the wire and pulled it through the bead.
Poke small crochet hook through the back of the lowest loop of the cowl. Grab one piece of yarn and pull through bottom loop of cowl. Keep bead to the side, go back up and grab both strings of yarn and pull through the hole of yarn on the crochet hook. Gently snug the bead up to the bottom of the cowl. Trim the fringe to the desired length, I made this one waist length.

A cute idea that I'm sure girls would love!

Make something just for fun and have a happy day:@)

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Knit Fringed Cowl for Barbie -Free Pattern (Crochet Friendly Too)

I'm grateful for inspiration any time I find it, and this fringed cowl for Barbie is a loose interpretation from Fiber Flux Crochet Blog. I happened to knit mine, but it's such a small and simple project you can easily use either (and I may break out my crochet hook next:@) What I love about this the most is, it's a great starting point... Want it longer and to drape more? Add more stitches and rows. Want the fringe thicker? Add two strands of yarn to each bottom hole. Want to add beads or knot the yarn in the fringe? Yep, that would be fun too! This is a great project to help a girl learn to knit or crochet, and I'm sure she'll want a few in different colors for her doll!

What I did:
Size 10 knitting needles and baby or sport weight yarn
Cast on 20
Garter stitch 8 rows (all knit stitch)
Bind off
Closure choices: You can tie two pieces of yarn to the top corners so it can be tied behind the doll's back, sew on a snap, or (my favorite) glue a very small piece of velcro to each side of the top corners.

Fringe: Use the bound off edge close to the neck, it will be shorter.
Cut 3"-5" pieces of yarn. Poke small crochet hook through the back of the lowest loop of the cowl. Fold yarn in half, grab center and gently pull it through the loop. Hook the two loose ends of yarn and guide them through the hole of yarn on the crochet hook. Gently snug up to the bottom of the cowl (the idea is, you don't want to stretch that bottom loop of the knitting). Trim the fringe to the desired length, I left mine pretty long.

Barbie says,
she's feeling rather... groovy!
And I think one in a rainbow of colors would really be cool๐Ÿ˜Ž

Make something just for fun and have a happy day๐Ÿ˜Š

Monday, January 11, 2021

Barbie Size Football Throw Pillows -Super Bowl Party Prep

Here in Barbie's World we can still get together for a football party and there isn't a bigger one than the Super Bowl! Barbie will be hosting this year and she began gathering items to add to the fun... First up, these simple football pillows made from a fat quarter of fabric from Walmart. I've been looking at this fabric forever and finally decided to pick it up. 

I'm especially tickled with the 3D football pillow-super cute๐Ÿ˜Ž

The fabric:
As a point of reference, the footballs are about 2 3/4" long from tip to tip.

What I did for the 3D football:
Cut three footballs out of the fabric. Give yourself about 1/4" of green all around the footballs.

Lay two pieces right sides together, sew from one tip of the ball, down one side to the other tip of the ball.
Lay the third ball, right sides together, on what would be the center ball.
Repeat sewing from tip to tip as above.
At this point it looks like this:

Another pic:
You'll have a football that has a center and two sides that can open out (cut sides unsewn):
Lay the two unsewn sides together (right side to right side),
Sew from tip of ball down the side a bit, maybe 1/2-3/4", 
give yourself at least 1" of an opening so you can stuff the ball.
Sew up from the other tip the same way.
Turn the ball right side out, push out the points a bit.
Stuff the ball and hand sew the opening closed.
Shape ball-done๐Ÿ˜Š

The square/rectangle pillow is pretty straight forward:
Any size you'd like, right sides together, sew all around edges, but leave at least 1" opening for stuffing.
Turn right side out, push corners out.
Stuff, sew or Liquid Stitch closed.
Shape a bit-done!

Joe says,
normally he's not a fan of decorative pillows...
But now he has something to throw at the TV when the refs make a bad call!

๐ŸˆMake something just for fun and have a happy day!

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Saturday, January 9, 2021

Christmas Clearance for Barbie Props -1:6 Scale DIY Craft Ideas

My observation this holiday season was, my local Walmart 1. didn't carry as much Christmas merchandise as usual, and 2. what they did have sold out pretty quickly before Christmas (I picked up the poodle ornament as soon as it came out). But that didn't stop me from searching the stores the last couple weekends hoping to pick-up an item or two for doll play:@) Everything was 75-90% off. The glittered B ornament cost 9¢ and I thought it might make a fun art piece for Barbie. 

And the winter scene on the side table is a de-constructed clearance ornament. 
I cut the deer and bottle brush tree center piece from a broken ornament, 
trimmed it and placed it inside the lid from a bottle.

The 9¢ ornament I started with:

I thought these foil circles might make neat abstract wall art pieces too,
or food platters:

Love the starburst lights below and I have a fun idea for them coming up...
Grabbed the other set because it was marked down and I'm sure I'll use them.

Snow, because, well... It's still winter!
Same idea, I thought the ice pond might come in handy for pictures.

Frosted, iced and glittered floral picks:

These socks were from Dollar Tree, I loved the colors and Nordic design.
I'm hoping to create a tutorial showing how to turn them into a turtle neck sweater for Barbie...
We'll see how that goes๐Ÿ˜‰

So that's what I found this year folks.
Barbie asks:
Did you find anything fun on Christmas clearance?

Grab it when you see it and have a happy weekend๐Ÿ˜Š

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Hooded Scarf for Barbie -Free Crochet Pattern, Beginner

1/7/21 Update: I wanted to add this cute hooded scarf to the Barbie Blog, while I provide a free pattern for crochet, this is such a simple project I'm sure you can easily figure out how to knit it too... Originally posted on 1/21/14:

Weather Channel Update: It's snowing heavily right now in Philly, crazy windy, we're expecting about 10" today and predict lots of shoveling. We now return you to your regularly scheduled blog:

This Hooded Scarf for Barbie was a fun little snowy day project and one a girl can probably complete for herself. It's made in two rectangular pieces using all single crochet, and the crazier the yarn the better... (Barbie's lovin' this funky multi-colored synthetic wool/angora looking fuzzy blend:@) It would be so fun to make one for a girl and a matching one for her doll -I love that idea!
Click HERE for the sweater from a stretchy glove tutorial.

Yep, the photo shoot was outside during the snow storm...
Barbie didn't think it was a good idea, but she did dry off... eventually๐Ÿ˜‰

So cute!
As with any of my crochet/knitting projects, 
it's always best to hold it up to the doll to check the sizing...
Everyone's yarn and stitch tension are different.

Hooded Scarf for Barbie
H hook, keep stitches loose, I chose to crochet in the top loop only.
Chain 51
Row 1~ SC in first stitch from hook, SC across
Row 2-3~ Chain 1, turn, SC across. My scarf is approximately 12" long and a little under 1" wide. Cut yarn and tie off. Note: You might want to make the scarf 4 rows wide, it depends on the yarn you use.

Chain 22
Row 1~ SC in first stitch from hook, SC across
Row 2-7~ Chain 1, turn, SC across. This rectangle should be approximately 5"x2 1/4". Cut yarn and tie off.
  1. Fold the hood in half longways (fold the 5" side in half like a book), right sides together. Sew one 5" side closed. This creates the seam in the back of the hood and the point on top of the hood.
  2. Center the bottom of the hood on the scarf, right sides together. Sew the hood to the scarf.
  3. Weave in your ends-done!
Make something just for fun and have a happy day

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Monday, January 4, 2021

How to Make a Beret for Barbie (French Felt Hat-Free Pattern)

I saw a great post on Hello Sewing showing folks how to make berets for women and decided it would be fun to make one for Barbie using felt from my craft stash. The hat is basically made from two circles, one has the center cut out to fit over the head. This project literally comes together in minutes, and would be adorable in any color! The key to having a very stylish beret is to shape the hat and tilt it a bit on the head. 

What I did:
  1. Place pattern pieces on fold of fabric, cut one top piece and one under piece. 
  2. Place top and bottom right sides together. Sew 1/4" seam allowance all the way around the circle.
  3. Carefully cut small notches around the outside of the seam (pic below). Push hat inside out.
  4. If you'd like to add the stem (little loop on top), cut a thin, maybe 1/8" wide, piece of felt about 2-3" long. Cut very small hole in the center of the hat and poke the loop through, trim excess, and I secured it with Liquid Stitch on the inside.
  5. Carefully shape hat, try to push at the seams only, try to not stretch the bottom rim too much. We want it to sit on the doll's head fairly securely.
The pattern pieces:

An idea of what the hat looks like sewn and clipped before turning 
(my first attempt at the pattern, not the pattern/hat shown above or on the doll):
I would like to thank Hello Sewing for the inspiration to adapt the pattern for Barbie,
and encourage you to stop by to see her free video instructions here.
Maybe make one for your girl and a matching one for her doll๐Ÿ˜Š

Barbie says,
C'est trรจs chic๐Ÿ˜Ž
✂Make something just for fun and have a happy day๐Ÿ˜‰

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Thursday, December 31, 2020

Most Popular Barbie Posts 2020 -Happy New Year!

Well, we made it folks, I know most of us are ready to move on to a new year and hope it's a much better one! I thought I'd start this year end recap with my own favorite picture from 2020... It seems apropos as Barbie is toasting everyone a Happy New Year! The post here talks about how to make an easy throw blanket and pillow for Barbie, a good project for beginning knitters. I do still occasionally see this fun fuzzy sparkle yarn at Dollar Tree, although any yarn would be fine.

The three most popular reader crafts in 2020:

(I had no idea how life was about to change when I created this post back in March...)

What did these popular posts show me?
That we are a diverse group of crafters looking for quick and easy projects for our girls...
Yet, not afraid of using a sewing machine too!
Which is nice for my little Barbie World here, that means, anything goes๐Ÿ˜‰
I hope to keep the ideas coming in 2021.

๐ŸŽˆHappy New Year Everyone!
I wish you all a very healthy and happy 2021๐Ÿ˜Š

Monday, December 28, 2020

Barbie House Renovation #3 -The Kitchen & Embracing the Pink

Thought I'd share a Barbie House Renovation update: I decided to keep the kitchen in it's original spot, on the lower level. While it can be challenging for pictures due to a lack of natural light, I do think it's cozy and gives me enough room to create little scenes for diorama pics. My biggest challenge... There was ~a lot~ going on in that room! Lots of color and lots of detail in the original design. A little too much for the eye, so it needed to be toned down a bit. 

First thing was to add some wood toned contact paper from Dollar Tree to the floor. 
This eliminated the hot pink and purple stamped on rug... 
I like this much better๐Ÿ˜‰ 

Unfortunately I can't do anything about this wooden post on the left if front of the kitchen,
it's structural...
Gotta work around it.

Next, to tackle some of the pink and purple... Now, I like pink, honestly I do. I even think of it as a neutral color that kinda goes with everything. But in Barbie's world, it can be a little... overwhelming. The original kitchen is on the left (for fun, scroll up and down a couple times. Look better?):

I have painted pieces of furniture and tried to make things look a little more grown-up for pics, but there comes a point in time where you just have to step back and say "I can't fight city hall" (or Mattel) any longer and just embrace the pink. That's why I decided my kitchen pieces would remain their original color... pink. I did add a white wall paper behind the Gloria Kitchenette, this helps calm the eye a bit. 
The wall paper covers the original stove, but the kitchenette came with a 3D stove, oven, sink, and really cool wrap around counter/breakfast bar. 

On the left side of the kitchen I kept the original 'shelving' and refrigerator (as of this moment in time anyway). The only thing I needed to change was the stamped mixer on the bottom shelf. I have a 3D Christmas ornament mixer on the counter. So the original was covered with some textural bottle stickers, a simple change.

Before and after:
I'm still working on the window, 
I'd like it larger and to be able to change the view with the seasons...

The right side just looks calmer and less busy to me...

Well, that's my update for today folks... I plan to keep modifying as time goes on, it's a nice cold weather project and it has been fun! The kitchen is the heart of a home and I think Barbie's is coming together nicely.

Make something just for fun and have a happy day๐Ÿ˜‰

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Ugly Christmas Sweater Ornament Make-Over, for Barbie or Ken

The computer said my local Kohls had some of these Santa ugly Christmas sweater ornaments in stock, so I thought I'd take a ride... It was pretty much a basic ornament, red knit sweater with felt Santa face glued onto the front. It conveyed the idea fine, but I kinda thought it needed a little something~something more... So I dug through my craft stash, found some embellishments, and of course a little bling makes everything better! Added some sequins, a star button, some fur to the hat, and now Santa is playing a horn... Wa-la! 
Ken says, now this is an Ugly Christmas Sweater๐Ÿ˜Ž

The before and after:

Make something just for fun and have a happy Christmastime๐ŸŽ…
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