Saturday, February 27, 2021

Barbie Bunny Ears from Recycled Candy Container -DIY

As we get closer to spring and the stores start to put out Easter items my thoughts turn to... Bunny Ears:@) I love the holiday tubes of candy that have figural plastic stoppers and always try to think of ways to recycle the tops for Barbie (like this Jack-O-Lantern here). The great thing about the candy containers pictured below is, this is a thinner plastic so it's easier to cut. 

I used the smaller $1 Reece's Pieces candy, there are larger $2 containers too.

The other options, love the bent ear!

And slightly larger yellow ears:

What I did:
The stopper out of the package:

Cut the bottom off with sturdy shears. Scissors will work, but not as easily.

The shears I used, I do highly recommend getting a pair or two:

You have options for how to make it fit on the doll's head...
You can glue ribbon to the inside and make it long enough to tie under her chin (cute for the kid dolls).
You can glue the ears to a recycled bottle ring to create a headband.
You could make two little holes above the rim, open a bobby pin and push one side through the hole,
then through the doll's hair.

Or... 
I actually had a couple yellow visors, so I hot glued the ears onto the upper edge of the brim.
Also thought they'd be cute on an angle...
Wa-La, Bunny Ears๐Ÿ˜Ž

And after Easter, 
the hot glue peels off and the visor is ready for spring and summer fun!


Make something just for fun and have a happy day๐Ÿฐ

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Friday, February 26, 2021

Crochet Halter Top for Barbie -One Piece, Free Pattern

This crochet halter top is another free pattern I created back in 2014 and wanted to move over to the Barbie blog. The pattern comes together quickly and is made in one piece. The whole top is simply made by decreasing stitches, and works best with thinner yarn. It slips up over the doll's hips, and the strap goes around the back of her neck to the front. You will need one small 1/4"-ish button to secure the strap.

This top will fit modern belly button dolls as well as older, bustier ones like this Midge.
And it's always easier to dress dolls with hard plastic legs as opposed to the rubbery legs...

 I used a cute star button from my stash๐Ÿ˜Ž

Old pic of side/back view:

What I did (please remember I am a novice at crochet, it's always best to try garments on the doll as you work...):
Crochet Halter Top - F hook, baby weight yarn, small button
Ch 24, slip stitch to join being careful not to twist chain.
SC across (working in the round) until just under 1".
Once you get to the start (even with where the tail is of your slip knot), slip stitch 2 spaces, SC across to the point where there are 2 stitches until the tail.
Next 2 rows - Ch1, turn your work and SC across. This will begin to open up the back.
Next 3 rows - Ch1, turn, decrease once, SC across but decrease when you get to the last two stitches.
*Ch1, turn, SC next three stitches, repeat from * until the strap goes around her neck and down the other side. It needs to be long enough to fit over a button.
Cut yarn, tie off, weave in ends, sew on a cute button-done!

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

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Barbie's Winter Cabo Vacation-Leaving the snow behind!

While ~we mere mortals~ may not be able to hop a plane to warmer weather right now... Barbie and Joe headed to Cabo San Lucas for a week of toes in the warm sand and cold cervezas! Yes, doll life is good:@) I've only been to a fancy resort in Mexico once but I have to say, if you get the opportunity to go, I encourage you to take it!
(Joe making sure the beach volleyball doesn't bother Barbie.)

Behind the pics:
My co-worker's mom gives her a tropical calendar every year,
 I took the old one home for a little background eye candy... 
My sand is an old fat quarter of fabric from Walmart years ago. 
Folding beach chair was $1 from now closed AC Moore.
Bathing suits are from the most recent series of Mattel Barbie and Ken fashion sets.
There's a tank top for Ken too, but if you look like Joe... You really don't need it๐Ÿ˜‰


Meanwhile back in Cabo...
Joe feels like the luckiest guy on the beach๐Ÿ’•

๐ŸŒดThink warm thoughts and have a great weekend๐Ÿ˜Ž

Thursday, February 18, 2021

High Ruffled Elastic Waist, Calf Length Barbie Skirt -4 Seam Easy -Free Tutorial/Pattern

I have a military background and a soft spot for OD green and camouflage fabric:@) I fell in love with the ruffled top of the skirt in the Mattel fashion pack below as soon as I saw it, and thought it looked like an easy DIY project. Actually, this is a simple modification of my three seam elastic waist skirt. It's a mid calf length skirt and the cute part is that the waist is ruffled upward, perfect for a tucked in, or preferably, a short-short cropped top. And of course you could use any fabric color or print desired. 

My inspiration:
Now, if you have the patience, you can certainly add the white thread pocket seams like Mattel's. 

What I did:
6" x 7" rectangle of fabric, mine was cotton from Walmart, I used pinking shears.
4" piece of 1/2" wide elastic.
Fold bottom (6" side) over 1/4", crease with fingernail or iron, and sew seam.
Fold top (6" side) over 1", crease with fingernail or iron.
Pin center of elastic to bottom center of waist (see below).
Stretch elastic to the edge of each side, sew one seam about 1/8" from bottom of elastic, then sew a second seam about 1/8" from top of elastic. This creates the two seams around the waistband.
Fold skirt right sides together, sew 1/4" seam up the back of the skirt, backstitch top and bottom.
Turn right side out, done.

This fits standard Barbie dolls.


Barbie is texting everyone, it's easy to make and she loves her new skirt๐Ÿ˜Ž

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Saturday, February 13, 2021

Dollar Tree Alert! Clone Barbie Career Outfits (Beware!) and 1:6 Scale Fabric

I found some newly stocked pegs in the toy section of Dollar Tree this morning, they had at least six careers outfits to choose from. I picked up the singer with microphone and stand (silver dress would be fun for the holidays too), military with shoes and dark sunglasses, and the veterinarian with shoes and (the real reason I got it...) super cute little furry puppy:@) They also had doctor, baker and equestrian, and maybe one or two more? Now, I'd like to give a review below so you know what you are buying and your girl isn't disappointed... 
  • The silver skirt fits fine and the top goes around the body well. But the collar is sewed closed and doesn't have velcro to secure around the neck. You would need to cut it open and hot glue some on.
  • The camouflage outfit is a body suit and the pants are way too tight to fit over any Barbie hips. I did manage to ~squeeze~ them over an older 2016 Dollar Tree doll though. 
  • The white outfit is made of a stretchy polyester type fabric with elastic waist and fits fine. 
  • My recent experience has been, if a Dollar Tree outfit comes with fitted pants in a non-stretch fabric, they will not fit Barbie. Tops, for the most part, seem to be ok.
I also found this cute fat quarter of fabric in a perfect 1:6 scale too:

I draped it over Curvy Barbie so you could get a good feel for the size of the print...
Love the colors, reminds me of spring!

Good luck shopping and 
Have a Happy Weekend๐Ÿ˜‰

Friday, February 12, 2021

Barbie's Gold Dipped Rose for Valentine's Day -DIY

There's a pretty famous jeweler here in Philadelphia named Steven Singer. Quite a few years ago he started marketing ~gold dipped real roses~ for Valentine's Day. Not only are they beautiful, they last a lifetime! Ken thought that was a pretty good bang for his buck and picked one up for Barbie this year:@) Since he was feeling rather smug with his gift choices he asked her to cover her eyes as he came through the door... She was thrilled!!!


Although she does admit to peeking a bit๐Ÿ˜‰

My rose is a button with jewelry wire as the stem and leaf.
This button wasn't solid, it had holes in the center of the petals... 
I added some shiny gold from a gift bow to the back of the button and leaf for the pictures.
The stem and leaf were spray painted matt gold.
~Make something just for fun and have a Happy Valentine's Day๐Ÿ’

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Monday, February 8, 2021

Barbie Mardi Gras Mask from Dollar Tree Necklace

I found some cute Mardi Gras necklaces at Dollar Tree and immediately thought the masks were perfect for Barbie. Maybe a tad big, but Mardi Gras is a grand celebration and big over the top props and decorations are welcome! You can simply hot glue a pipe cleaner as a handle to wrap around the doll's hand and be done, that works well... Or you could dig into your craft stash and embellish with beads rhinestones, sequins, feathers, more glitter or anything else that sounds like fun.

Another option: Hot glue some elastic to each side (inside the mask), 
and make it tight enough to fit around the doll's head hands free.
I folded a pipe cleaner in half and made a handle for the purple one, the green one has elastic.

Snazzy gold dress from Dollar Tree too, you really can find a gem or two every once in a while๐Ÿ˜‰

Mardi Gras is February 16th in 2021.
The masks I started with:

Other Mardi Gras ideas:

Barbie says, make something just for fun and...

Laissez-les-bons-temps-rouler๐Ÿ˜Ž

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Friday, February 5, 2021

Barbie's Super Bowl LV Party -2021-

Ken wanted to show off his new Fan Cave, so Barbie invited a few close friends over to watch the Super Bowl. It was a family and pet friendly gathering. And of course, football = lots of good food and snacks. And much like real life... The kids were exited and all over the place! 

Pre-game, the guys watching TV and dreaming of their high school glory days...

Since our team isn't in the big game *sigh* we made sure both were represented.

The game room before the party...


Isn't it a rule that you have to have some kind of pizza on Super Bowl Sunday???

Cousins...

Bonding, and a teaching moment?

The Grill King gets to choose the foosball side that faces the TV.

Burgers and brats just beginning to brown on the balcony...

Time for a quick game during half time.

Everyone getting comfortable for the rest of the football game...

And yes, girls do like football too!
Well, and maybe a little girl talk...

Barbie says get your popcorn ready, it should be a fun game...

And Ken says woo-hoo it's red solo cup time๐Ÿ˜Ž

The doll house before and after, click here for renovation details:


Well folks, there you have it, Barbie's Super Bowl Party for 2021.
It should be an amazing game this year, Brady and Mahomes are truly an exciting match-up!
๐Ÿ†We wish you all a ~Super Sunday~ enjoy๐Ÿˆ

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