Sunday, November 10, 2019

Barbie Holiday (or Any Day) Apron, Curvy or Standard Doll, Free Pattern, No-Sew Tutorial

Bakers everywhere are stocking up on flour and sugar... And Barbie's ready to join them in the kitchen:) These cute holiday aprons are simply cut from one piece of fabric and the ribbon or rick rack trim is hot glued on. The aprons can tie around the doll's neck and waist, or I chose to hot glue a little velco to the ends of the ribbon to make it easier to dress and undress the doll. The best part, this free pattern will work with both standard and curvy Barbies.
This is another project that only requires a 6" square of fabric and some ribbon from your stash.
No fabric? The aprons can be made from felt or recycle an ~old~ shirt or pair of pants.
I love this type of project folks๐Ÿ˜‰

Use the pattern as a guide, make it longer or shorter to suit your tastes.
(I wanted mine long enough to show the silly turkeys.)
 My ribbon measurements are for if you want to close the apron with velcro.
You'll need a lot more ribbon if you want to tie the apron on.

6" piece of fabric
22" ribbon or rick rack, you'll trim as needed after gluing onto apron.
5"  ribbon or rick rack for waist
1 1/2" ribbon or rick rack for top of apron, optional
hot glue (or Liquid Stitch works great, but that will take longer to dry)
button, glitter or sequin embellishments if desired
Our models: A thrift store Halloween Enchantment Barbie, and Made to Move Curvy Barbie.

Save pattern to computer. Use scroll wheel on mouse until line equals 1".
Print out or place paper on computer screen and gently trace pattern, cut of of paper.
Cut one apron from fabric of choice.

Fold fabric over 1/4" if not using ribbon/rick rack on the top of the apron. Glue hem. If using ribbon/rick rack (the green apron), glue the 1 1/2" piece to the top of the apron first.
Glue the 22" ribbon/rick rack starting at the center of the bottom of the apron. Continue gluing up sides of apron.

For waist, glue 5" ribbon across apron under the square bib part.

Trim ribbon if needed and glue a small bit of velcro onto ends.
Dress doll and bake some cookies!
Another cute idea:
Make something just for fun and enjoy the holiday season๐ŸŽ…

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Poncho for Barbie from Dollar Tree 2.5" Wide Ribbon -No Sew

As soon as I saw this cute plaid ribbon at Dollar Tree I envisioned a holiday poncho for Barbie. Even better, it's a no-sew poncho for Barbie. The ribbon design reminds me of a warm, woven wool. Ribbon, hot glue and 20 minutes of your time are all that's needed to create this fun outer wear garment for your doll. You can leave it plain or add some fancy sewing trim to the bottom. Barbie says, oh yea, she's a fancy kinda gal...
The trim makes it look more finished and adds a little fun, good options include: 
Pom-poms, rick-rack, fringe, pretty ribbon, beads, etc.
Lovin' these itty pom-poms I found among some Christmas ribbon at Walmart a year or so ago๐Ÿ˜Š

Side view:

The ribbon I started with:

7" long piece of ribbon that's 2 1/2" wide
3" long piece of ribbon that's 2 1/2" wide
trim for edges if desired
Hot glue or Liquid Stitch (Liquid Stitch will take longer to dry)

1. Tuck under and glue 1/4" of shorter piece to the bottom of the 7" piece.
2. If using trim, ***please ignore this picture and just glue it on once the poncho is complete***
3. Glue second side of shorter ribbon 1/4" under 7" piece, creating a cone type shape. (If you lay the 7" ribbon over the doll's right shoulder and wrap the short end around the other shoulder, it will make sense.)
4. Note: If the opening for her head is a bit tight after you finish the poncho, you can open up the seam in the back a tad to make it easier for kids to dress the doll.

Now Barbie's ready for cooler weather and the holidays๐Ÿ˜‰ 

Two more cute outer wear ideas:

Make something just for fun and have a happy day!

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

Thanksgiving Turkey Outfit from Balloon and Craft Feathers for Kelly Doll (Barbie)

Here's another fun balloon craft for the small Kelly or Chelsea dolls in Barbie's world. I started with my simple picture tutorial for cutting a 12" balloon HERE. From there, hot glued some craft feathers together to make the turkey plumes. Don't have feathers?  This would work by cutting felt into feather shapes or using fall colored silk or craft leaves too. Add a few squiggle lines with a Sharpie for pin feathers in front and we have a cute little Thanksgiving outfit for doll play.

The corn is a button from my stash.
After I took the first set of pictures I decided to add a little more color to the corn๐Ÿ˜‰

 I simply hot glued the feathers together, fanned out like a bouquet.

 Then just hot glued the feathers to the back of the balloon.
Our model today is another 50¢ thrift store rescue,
I'm guessing she's ~thankful~ to be here๐Ÿ˜Š

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Saturday, November 2, 2019

Dollar Tree Alert! Cake Boss Cake Kit Supplies

I saw several Cake Boss Kits at Dollar Tree this morning... You might ask, what does that have to do with a Barbie blog? One set of plunger cutters had a princess dress, crown, carriage and ~I believe~ the house shape is supposed to be a castle? The cutters can be used with fondant, a sturdy sugar cookie dough or with pie crust. If you know a budding cake decorator or someone just getting started baking, a few of these kits would be a fun gift (and... Christmas is coming folks, just sayin').

Some of the other sets I saw (I got this one):

Everything in the kit for $1:

Just wanted to share a fun find-
Have a great weekend!

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Barbie DIY Day of the Dead Mask and Mattel's Dia De Muertos Doll

I took my DIY Dollar Tree Ken/Barbie skeleton mask and turned it into a Day of the Dead mask. In Googling images, it looks like pretty much anything goes, so I hot glued some sequins and colored it with Sharpies. I think a headband of flowers would be really pretty and Barbie says glitter is always welcome:)

This is a seasonal project that will most likely keep the kids busy for a while.
All it takes is a $1 skeleton and some items from your craft stash.

Mattel did make a Dia De Muertos Doll-here.
As you'd expect, the detailing is stunning.

According to the on-line dictionary:
The Day of the Dead is an annual celebration to honor the spirits of the dead, observed in Mexico and other Latin American countries on November 1 and 2, concurrently with All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.

My skeleton mask tutorial can be found here:

Make something just for fun and have a Happy Halloween๐ŸŽƒ

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Felt Vampire or Prince Cape for Ken -Picture Tutorial

This cape for Ken (or Barbie, or action figure dolls) is made from one piece of felt and it doesn't even require a pattern. A couple quick folds and sewing or weaving a piece of ribbon through the collar gives it shape and holds the cape on the doll. This project comes together in minutes adding fun to Halloween play or would be a cute cape, in any color, for a prince doll.

Ken says he thinks he'll be a vampire for Halloween this year,
beware of neck nibbles๐Ÿ˜Ž

Lay the doll in the center of the short side of the felt.
You'll want the felt up to the top of his ears.

Fold the felt down over each shoulder while leaving the back as high as the top of his ears.

Fold the two corners back a bit, only take it to the bottom of his chin. 
Add a little glue to each side to keep the folds in place.
This creates shape and allows the cape to lay flat in front.

Ribbon can be added with a needle or you can cut little holes in the felt and weave it through with your fingers.
Either way, run a wide stitch around the doll's neck.
My ribbon was 1/8" thick and 12" long, I do suggest making it longer.

Aim for it to be more evenly spaced and neater than mine, but you get the idea๐Ÿ˜‰

Snug the fabric up on the ribbon creating a collar, and tie around the doll's neck.
Or as Dracula might say... Va-la!

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Halloween Trunk-Or-Treating with Barbie and Bones

Barbie and Bones loaded up the Jeep and headed to the farm for a little trunk-or-treating! They brought lots of goodies and a few friends for the trip:) It was an amazing fall day and the trees were at peak color. They got the tailgate all set-up and campfire going right before the sun began to set.

Trick-or-treaters will be thrilled to choose from a basket of apples or a tray of candy and donuts.
Well... Whatever's left of the donuts anyway๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Kelly sees some friends from school and waves for them to come over to the Jeep...
Red camping lantern is a Walmart mini ornament (pack of 3), I just took the Christmas greens off.

Bones says Halloween is fun for kids of all ages!
DIY tealight jack-o-lantern from recycled candy topper here.
Serving tray from recycled shampoo bottle here.

Bones is a perfect 12" tall and came from Amazon in a little box like a puzzle:

๐ŸŽƒWishing you a playful Halloween season-enjoy๐Ÿฆ‰

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