Sunday, August 18, 2019

Cheerleader Pom-Poms for Football or Any Sporting Event -Barbie Size DIY

My answer to the question 'what is your favorite season?' has always been... Football Season! College football starts next weekend and the NFL is right behind it. So Barbie is getting into the team spirit and waving cheerleader pom-poms to join in on the fun. These pom-poms are made from bunched up garland and you use a pipe cleaner to create the handle, or to wrap securely around the doll's hands.

Cut an approximate 6" long piece of tinsel garland.

Cut a pipe cleaner in half.
Starting at one end, scrunch up the garland and wrap the pipe cleaner around the center of the garland.
Twist tightly to hold pom together.

Twist ends of pipe cleaner together to create a handle and trim to desired length.
I suggest leaving the pipe cleaner longer so it can be wrapped around Barbie's hands for doll play.

Shake and poof out the tinsel a bit to make the pom-poms look full ~done๐Ÿ˜Ž

Not sure what color to make the pom-poms? 
All uniforms have white, and silver isn't a bad choice either.
Here's a quick glance at NFL team colors:

Barbie says SCORE!!!

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Dollar Tree Alert! More Barbie Branded Items...

Ha, this was another great trip to Dollar Tree! Cute Bugs and Tweety tops and a puppy:) I only saw these toys at one store, but they did have quite a few things to choose from today. These items sell for $3 at Walmart, so this was a fun find.

Have a great weekend๐Ÿ˜Š

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Strapless Barbie Dress from 6" Square of Fabric -Picture Tutorial

Years ago I shared a link to a tutorial for a Strapless Barbie Dress, it only required a 6" square of fabric and was pretty easy to make. The link to that site has since been taken down, so I thought I'd create my own picture tutorial to show folks how to make my variation of the dress. Because, you know, that's kinda what we do here:) No sewing machine? This dress should come together in less than an hour sewing by hand. And to help prove that point... For some reason my sewing machine isn't working correctly, so after that one horrendous bottom seam, I completed the dress with a needle and thread.

The dress only requires a 6"x6" square of fabric.
Pinking shears create that zig-zag edge and will help control fraying if you have them.

Iron the top and bottom under 1/4" (or run your fingernail over it a few times to create a crease), hem. 

Turn the fabric wrong side out and wrap it around the doll, pin it closed in back. 

Use pins for the bust dart placement 
(pinch the fabric at the waist long ways under each boob so the dart runs up and down). 

 A second pic in case it helps...

Sew a crescent shaped seam for each dart, approx 1" long. 
Widest at the waist, running off the fabric at bust line and hip.

Fold right sides together and sew a 1/4" seam 3" from the bottom up the back, back stitch.

Fold the rest of the fabric on each side over 1/4", I sewed on a little snap for closure,
I prefer a 1/4" wide strip of velcro the whole length of the opening. 

The finished dress before I glued on (using Liquid Stitch) the white trim to cover the top seam:

The back of the dress:

It's faster and neater with a sewing machine (that works), but this dress didn't turn out bad!
How to make a beaded Barbie necklace HERE.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Wooden Bead Vase and Flower Arrangement for Barbie

I found a pack of 98¢ wooden beads at Walmart and immediately saw the shape of a vase, so I was tickled to see that they sat upright when placed on a flat surface. These flowers came from Dollar Tree and while the scale works for now, I'm sure I could find more options if I went to a few more stores. I just trimmed the stems to size and tucked them into the vase, that way they can be changed out for color, season, or occasion as desired. Have you seen what folks are asking for Barbie branded flowers on Ebay? Plus shipping??? Yea, this calls for a DIY project...

I made another little bouquet using some fabric roses from my stash.

My 4 pack of beads and one stem of flowers, and I have leftover flowers and greenery.
The beads are 1 1/4" tall.

Barbie says it's nice to treat yourself to fresh flowers every now and then๐Ÿ˜‰
(2019 Fashionista Barbie)

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Dollar Tree Alert! 1:6 Scale Dollhouse Furniture (Barbie Size)

Once again I was surprised at Dollar Tree this weekend... They had Barbie size furniture! I only saw one box in each store, but did see them in a couple different stores. I was tickled that they had it and wanted to make sure everyone knew the furniture was out there. Oh, and the sticker says...
Made in USA:)

 A toilet (the lid lifts up) and tub:

 Bed and set of 2 kitchen chairs:

 And I don't know if this is supposed to be an over sized chair or loveseat:
 Was there a kitchen table and bathroom sink that sold out?
I don't know, but I wanted to share what I did find.
Did I buy anything?
No, but I might be going back for a chair to makeover...

~Have a great weekend๐Ÿ˜Š

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Simple Tulle Fringe or Ruffle Dress for Kelly Doll -No Sew Option (Barbie)

I found a cute little Kelly doll at the thrift store (lovin' the short hair, and curled up-doo) and brought her home hoping to come up with some ideas for her. Now, I do acknowledge that this little tulle fringe dress requires a special fringe trim that most folks probably don't have... ~But~ something similar could also be made from 3/4"-1" ruffle or a little gathered material. 3/16" ribbon creates the bodice/straps and I used hot glue, you could also sew this dress together.

✂The tulle sewing trim I found on clearance:

What I did for the dress:
Wrap ruffle around doll's waist, over lap cut ends by about 1/4"

Hot glue Velcro to the ends.
Hot glue 2" of ribbon to the inside center of the skirt. 

 Hot glue the straps to the back of the skirt.
Make sure you turn the ribbon before gluing it. Please put the skirt on the doll and wrap the straps over her shoulders and lay them on the waistband, you'll see what I mean.

This is a cute little dress that basically costs pennies
using supplies any sewer or crafter probably has on-hand.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Painting A $1 Thrift Store Barbie Chair

I found a cute Barbie size chair at the thrift store for $1. I really don't know if it's from a Barbie play set or another doll's but I liked it... Except maybe the color. I decided painting it black would be better for my pictures and I think it turned out great! First, I washed it with dish soap and hot water, then I wiped it down really well with alcohol and allowed it to thoroughly dry. The legs actually came off easily, saving me having to wrap them with masking tape, that was a nice surprise. My spray paint was a cheap 97¢ can from Walmart I had in the shed, but it did a great job. Lots of short quick squirts with drying time between coats. It kinda reminds me of a luxurious leather chair now:)

 I wanted to show the lacy design of the chair.
This pic was taken outside, so the sun made the chair look gray, but it's black.

The original color:
Even Barbie seems a little ~uncomfortable~ with it๐Ÿ˜‰

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