Monday, November 30, 2020

One Shoulder Barbie Top from 2.5" Ribbon, No-Sew

I love the look of this fancy ribbon top for Barbie that goes over one shoulder! This is a no-sew project that literally comes together in minutes, two cuts, two folds, two twists, a little hot glue and you're dressing the doll:@) While I love the holiday colors in this top, plaid always presents challenges for garments... I think a solid color or one with stamped designs might work best. I used a snazzy metallic tinsel ribbon from my stash for the waist band, if you want something blingy that's easy to find today, diamond mesh ribbon would be fun. 

You'll need:
 7" of 2 1/2" wide ribbon with a wire edge. Aim for a thinner, almost sheer fabric.
4 1/2" long piece of 1"-ish ribbon for waist band.
hot glue

What I did:
  1. Cut a piece of 2 1/2" wide thin ribbon 7" long. I used the same wire edged ribbon that I made a dress out of here.
  2. Fold the edges over 1/2" on both cut ends, fold to back of ribbon. You can glue them down, I just folded the wire over.
  3. Scrunch up the ribbon at the center point and completely twist it around twice, this is what goes over the doll's shoulder. You'll want the right side of the ribbon to show on both the front and back of the shirt.
  4. Cut 4 1/2" of ribbon for the waistband. Glue one piece of velcro to the right edge of the ribbon. This blouse will open/close on the side for dressing the doll.
  5. Glue the right edge of the waistband to the bottom of the blouse front, but leaving the velcro hanging over side of ribbon (see picture below). My ribbon has the tinsel in the center, that's what I glued to the bottom of the blouse. You can see the pretty lace showing on the doll's skirt.
  6. Overlap the two edges of the ribbon about 1/4" (center point of picture below), glue back piece to waistband. 
  7. Glue other piece of velcro to the other end of waistband (making sure the two edges will stick together).
First piece of velcro hanging over right side.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Home for the Holidays -Barbie's Thanksgiving Surprise

Barbie has the turkey in the oven and pie cooling on the counter... Little did she know there would be one extra person for Thanksgiving dinner this year:@) Joe came home from deployment early and wanted to surprise her, I'd say Kelly looks pretty excited too! Barbie hasn't noticed that he's there yet, I hope she gets the oven door closed before she jumps for joy!!! 
My kitchen is the original from the Kid Craft Supermodel House with a Gloria kitchenette tucked into a corner. 
Hard to see, but stand mixer and blender on counter are mini Christmas ornaments.
Joe's great uniform is a thrift store rescue.
Doll's posed with the help of glue dots... Lots of glue dots๐Ÿ˜‰

Whatever your Thanksgiving plans may be this year...
We here at DIY Barbie Blog wish you a joyful holiday season filled with welcome surprises๐Ÿ˜Š

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Barbie Party Dress from 2.5" Wide Ribbon, Gathered Shoulder -How to Make

I'm always drawn to plaid, especially at the holidays! Here I'll share how to make this cute, gathered shoulder party dress for Barbie. My 2 1/2" wide wired ribbon came from Dollar Tree, it's the thin fabric type with shiny gold accents and wire in the edges. Barbie's dress only requires three 7.5" long pieces of ribbon, and of course any extra embellishments you have or would like... If using a plaid ribbon you may want to make sure you match the design on the two front pieces, there will be a seam down the center front of the dress. This is a little half hour project that can be created with any thin (kind of sheer) ribbon. Check your stash, you might not even need to leave the house...
I like that in a project๐Ÿ˜‰

What I did (all seams are back stitched):
  1. Cut three approximate 7 1/2 long" pieces of ribbon, pull out wire if using wired ribbon.
  2. Lay two pieces of ribbon right sides together and sew hem 5 1/2" up from bottom of dress. Repeat for the other side of the dress. I sewed as close to the edge as possible. The center piece will be the back of the dress.
  3. Fold bottom of dress over about 1/2" and sew 1/4" hem.
  4. Fold the top of all three pieces over about 1/2" and sew hems. Make the hems wide enough to feed some yarn or ribbon through the hole.
  5. Fold dress right sides together and sew hem from bottom up about 4". I sewed as close to the edge as possible. This will be the center front of the dress.
  6. Feed a piece of yarn, or something else you can gather and tie, through the two hems on the two pieces of the front of the dress. Pull each side tight to gather dress, tie. This creates the shoulders.
  7. Then I took the yarn through the corner of the back of the dress on each side, tie tight.
  8. Decorate top or side of each shoulder with bows if desired.
  9. Decorate center front of dress with bow or other embellishment if desired.
  10. Pick out ribbon for belt, I used velcro to close the belt. A belt will be needed to give the dress some shape.
  11. Dress doll, adjust dress and enjoy the party!
  12. Note: This dress will either slip up over the doll's hips or pull over her head, depending on the doll you use. Option to help make dressing easier: Don't sew one shoulder closed. Use a snap or small piece of velcro.
  13. Fits standard, belly button type Barbie's. But if you use a snap it will fit most Barbie dolls.
Barbie's Wreath = After Christmas clearance earrings.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Ken's Ugly Christmas Sweater Vest -Free Barbie Pattern, No-Sew Option

Ken is determined to win the Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest this year!!! I'll show you how to make a 10 minute felt doll vest, cut from one piece of felt (cost=25¢)  that's very easy to put together. But the real fun of this craft is embellishing it... Decorations can literally be anything, ribbon, glitter, buttons, stickers, sequins, Christmas trim, etc. Oh and, the gaudier the better:@) This is a great sleepover project for kids, you can even make the vests ahead of time and just let them have a decorating party. Followed by a Christmas movie and cookies of course... 
I sewed the holly sequins and beads on, then used hot glue for everything else๐Ÿ˜Ž

And the back:

This pattern does fit the Elf on the Shelf too.

Looks like Ken is ready for the holidays๐Ÿ˜‰

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Sunday, November 15, 2020

Barbie Dream House -Holiday Gingerbread Cookie Kit!

Oh this is too fun folks! I love these cool Barbie Dream House Cookie Kits at Walmart:@) Even if you already have plenty of Christmas baking plans to add to your holiday fun, it might be a good idea to tuck one of these away for a gray January or February day... This might also be a fun gift for your girl, it's always nice to give a gift that's a little project or activity, and will keep the kids busy for a while.

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

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Knit Barbie Winter Vest -Free Pattern -Easy Two Pieces

I updated an easy knit outerwear Barbie vest I posted years ago by using the fun fuzzy sparkle yarn from Dollar Tree. This is a project that comes together fairly quickly and a girl can most likely make for herself. The vests are simply constructed from a square for the back and a long rectangle. The rectangle wraps around the doll's neck-creating a collar and the front panels. Then it gets sewn to the sides, leaving a hole for each arm. 

I love this project for a few reasons:
  1. They are cute and fashionable and I think they'd appeal to most girls.
  2. Mattel doesn't mass market a lot of outerwear for Barbie.
  3. Different yarns will give you different looks.
  4. It's a perfect little project to help teach your girl to learn to knit.
  5. And you can quickly whip a few up if you're looking for a little extra gift for the holidays. An experienced knitter can probably get one done in about an hour or so. And as you'll see below... The schematic was designed for real people, maybe make one for your girl ~and~ a matching one for her doll.
  6. I'm sure if you prefer to crochet you can figure out how to make one by looking at the schematic below, I haven't tried it yet. Or I have a crochet pattern for a poncho here.
The $1 yarn I used:

Barbie relaxing in her vest with her new ~um~ lap dog...
I've been looking at these poodle ornaments from Walmart for years,
finally decided to pick up a white one. 
I'm going to cut the loop off and will work her into more pics๐Ÿ˜‰
What to name her? Puff, Fluffy, Fancy... 

My original post showed a "down" version with worsted weight yarn (the garter stitch kinda reminds me of a puffy Lands End vest) and a faux fur (faux wool?) one with crazy yarn $1 yarn from (the now closed) AC Moore. 

The best part about this vest idea is, the pattern was designed for real women! So if you'll stop by Laylock's site you can see the beautiful vest she made and get all her tips and instructions. I sincerely thank her for this great schematic that makes this pattern as easy as pie๐Ÿ˜‰

Knit Outerwear Barbie Vest-Faux Down or Faux Fur-adapted from Coze: Easy Knit Vest Pattern
10MM needles, worsted weight or fuzzy yarn, all garter stitch. Try to knit loosely. Everyone knits differently, I suggest holding the project up the doll to determine if you need to add stitches or use larger needles.
Back: cast on 10, knit stitch until it reaches just under where Barbie's shoulder meets her arm. Approximately 14 rows. Bind off.
Sides: cast on 7, knit stitch until it reaches from the bottom of the back, wraps around the back of her neck, and down the other side to the bottom of the back. (Wrap it around her neck like a scarf.) Bind off.
Finish: Sew sides to the back (up approximately 1" from bottom of vest) leaving an opening big enough for an arm on each side. Then center the collar and sew it to the back all the way across the top of the square.
Note: If you use a thinner yarn you'll be able to fold the collar down like Laylock did, this thick/fuzzy yarn is too bulky for that.

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Monday, November 9, 2020

Dollar Tree Alert! 1:6 Scale Sleds -Perfect Barbie Size

If there's one thing I know about Christmas ornaments and spotting items you like... It's buy them when you see them! Things tend to sell out fast and, well, missing out is just no fun. So, I grabbed this ~perfect~ size sled ornament the minute I realized it was made of plastic and would be a nice easy de-constructing craft. The decorations are only hot glued on, simply peel them off and you could reuse the jute for the rope or I used some cording from my stash. This is a perfect little toy for the Barbie kids to go sledding:@) 

It takes a little time to pick and peel off all of the hot glue, but it was a sunny day and I just sat outside and took my time. I did give it a quick wipe with rubbing alcohol to try to get the last of the residue off, but my attention span only goes so far and this is fine for my pics and doll play. 

The girls look like they are having fun๐Ÿ˜ƒ

My kid dolls don't have a lot of clothes... Especially cold weather gear, but we'll work on that.
Free crochet patterns for infinity scarf here and long Santa or ski hat here (fits all dolls, including Ken).

  1. This is another fun sleepover craft, just make sure you get enough for all of the girls and that you have the patience (or a helper) to help clean-up the glue from all of the sleds... Might not be bad for 2-3 girls, but 10? Just sayin'...
  2. You might want to tuck the ornament away for a snowy day or lazy day craft, let your girl work on the sled for her dolls. 
  3. Add the plain sled as a little Barbie stocking stuffer. 
  4. Wrap a Chelsea or Kelly doll and tie the box on top of the sled with ribbon as a gift.
  5. Creating your own Christmas cards featuring Barbie? This sled would add to the fun. 
  6. Anything goes, and $1 for a true to size Barbie toy or prop, that can't be beat๐Ÿ˜Ž
The ornament I started with (yes, there is a cute, realistic looking sled under there!):

Dollar Tree also has these old fashioned metal baby sleds, they come in red and silver:

And of course, if you're feeling extra crafty, you could always paint the runners red 
and maybe add some wood grained contact paper or scrap book paper to the slats.

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Saturday, November 7, 2020

1:6 Scale Canned Jellied Cranberry Sauce for Barbie -Pencil Grip & Button DIY

Thanksgiving at our house ~requires~ jellied canned cranberry sauce, no matter what other homemade offerings we have (like this amazing Cranberry Tangerine Chutney here). So I wanted to come up with an easy cranberry platter for Barbie, and I think I found it. It starts with a Dollar Tree pack of pencil grips and I used a fun retro-ish button for the dish. Gold... Well, let's just say it's Grandmom's special antique serving dish -k? Ok:@) Once you have whatever you're using for your dish (and if you come up with a clever recycling idea please do share in the comments), this project comes together in no time and it's so cute! If you have a larger platter, you could add a couple slices too.

What I did:
  1. My button came in a pack of vintage reproduction buttons, it's plastic. I cut the back loop off with wire cutters and popped the center detailing out. This left a dish-like indent.
  2. Using the size of your serving dish as a guide... Cut about four-five-six rows off of pencil grip. If dish is long enough, also cut one or two "slices" off of grip. The grip is rubbery, I found scissors worked best.
  3. Carefully fill the center with hot glue, let dry. Tip: I placed it on a piece of parchment paper with the opening down on the paper, filled it and tamped the top down flat holding a folded piece of parchment. The key is to get the whole center filled solid. Let sit until set, go on to next piece if making slices. 
  4. Once dried, I pulled/cut glue strings off to make it as smooth as possible. Then "painted" the whole thing with shiny nail polish in a cranberry color. You could also let a little ooze onto the plate to represent a little liquid. 
  5. Glue to dish.
  6. Barbie says dinner is served!
What I started with:

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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Fancy Headband Dress for Barbie with Off-Shoulder Ruffle or Sewing Trim

What really makes this headband dress fancy is using a pretty ruffle or neat sewing trim embellishment. This is another idea that comes together in no time and would be a fun birthday party or sleepover craft. The key is using a headband material that's stretchy. Do you know someone that sews? There's a chance she/he has a stash of sewing trims, you only need about 6" for a Barbie dress. Any pretty light weight lacy or shear ruffle, or fringe, would be fine. Actually, as I was looking for a ruffle I came upon this crazy faux fur trim from Ma's stash... I love the way that looks too! Anything fancy:@)

This one is too easy folks:
  1. Cut the seam off of 2" wide headband, then cut the headband in half. Even up the ends. This gives us two dresses. These headbands usually come in a pack of two at Dollar Tree, so four dresses per project.
  2. With a needle and thread, sew the trim to the center front of the dress. I only used a few stitches but took them about 1" across the top. Tie off and cut thread.
  3. Loosely wrap trim around the doll's arms to the back. You want to be able to move the arms and pose the doll as desired.
  4. Cut trim to length. Sew ruffle to either side of back of dress. ~But, don't overlap. We need the center of the back to be open so the dress still slips up over the doll's hips.
  5. Dress doll -done๐Ÿ˜Ž
  6. One note: With dressing and undressing the bottom will begin to roll up as most knits do. If you don't want that to happen you can hem the bottom.
I purposely used two different size dolls for the pics, an older more shapely Barbie and a more Skipper size doll. Both do have those God awful rubber legs... Not the easiest to dress, but I don't think anything goes on these dolls too easily. The dress slipped right on my hard plastic doll.

The headband I started with:

My gorgeous inspiration picture from Pinterest:

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