Sunday, June 13, 2021

Barbie and Ken go to a Baseball Game (Phillies)

You can thank me later for this song being stuck in your head all day:@)
~Take me out to the ballgame... 

~Take me out with the crowd...

~Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack...
I don't care if I never get back...

~Let me root-root-root for the Phillies...
If they don't win, it's a shame...

~For it's one-two-three strikes, *Chelsea's* out...
*After* the old ball game😎

DIY links:
  Chelsea's Phillies logo cut from fabric and attached with glue dot for pictures

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Disclaimer: Please note that I do acknowledge the safety hazard of 
Chelsea being on Barbie's lap in the front seat. 
I'm working with the props I have for pics... 
If it helps, think of this scene setting in the 60's or 70's😉

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Saturday, June 12, 2021

Dollar Tree Alert! More Barbie Figurines -Micro Collection Series

Last year I shared that Dollar Tree had some cute little Barbie 'you can be anything' figurines here. Today I found a new series, with six more styles. This seems to be from the Dreamtopia line. The neatest thing about this size is, if your girl wants a Barbie tree this Christmas (or year round) they would make inexpensive ornaments. 

I picked one up because the doll house livingroom might be getting a little summer makeover...
Maybe a bit of a shore theme😎

Please excuse the flash, I was in the store...



Grab it when you see it and have a happy day😊

Saturday, June 5, 2021

$1 Store Ponytail Holder Tube Tops for Barbie, No-Sew (Curvy Barbie too)

Just a quick post today folks, we're no stranger to headband crafts here at DIY Barbie Blog! I happened to notice a cute pack of three ponytail holders at Dollar Tree and thought they'd make super simple, easy Barbie tops... Yep, here we have Barbie and her bestie, Curvy Barbie, dressed in a cute frilly summer tube top, and I could even see these as dressy holiday tops too. The best part, all you have to do is take the pony tail holders off of the cardboard and slip them up over the doll's hips. Wa-la, three tops, perfect for a sleep over or birthday party idea (it's hard to even call this a craft). 

What I used:
No cutting, no sewing, no gluing... They just fit!
And don't those colors just scream Barbie?😉

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Sunday, May 30, 2021

Summer Overalls for Rubeus Hagrid 1:6 Scale Doll (Cousin Rube) -Free Pattern

It was a rainy cold Saturday this Memorial Day Weekend, so I locked myself in the craft room and Cousin Rube got some new summer duds:@) Since he's a cool guy, I made some long length overall shorts in a fun red, white and blue stripe with a touch of Barbie pink! Lovin' that bottom fringe, it really seems to fit his persona. Gotta tell ya folks, while ~far~ from perfect, I'm tickled with the way this turned out for my first attempt. And honestly, this is the type of outfit I had in mind when I first posted about this doll

If you've read reviews about this Harry Potter Series doll, his body type needs the straps to hold the pants up over his barrel belly, and the long length helps cover the thin legs. 

And since Rube's a hippy farm boy (in my Barbie world), overalls were a natural choice.
Oversized bib gives adequate coverage for extra hot summer days.

I used the pants he came in as a guide for the pattern.
The original has elastic at the waist and the waistband goes up to, just about, under his arms.
My fabric was a medium weight denim, $1 a yard from Walmart almost 20 years ago??? 
Wow, time flies.

My pattern for Big Guy Shorts/Overalls:

What I did:
  1. Cut 2 pattern pieces on fold.
  2. Fold bottom of leg holes over 1/4" and hem. Alternately, run zig-zag stitch across so you can fringe them later.
  3. Place two pieces right sides together. Sew 1/4" seam from front waist to crotch.
  4. Fold waistband over 1/4" and hem. 
  5. Fold right sides together and sew back from waist to crotch.
  6. At this point they look like shorts. 
  7. Sew up leg seam, through crotch area and down the other leg. Carefully clip a little notch or two on inside of shorts up near crotch area (don't cut the sew line of thread), do this on all four seams. This will help ~a bit~ with the bunching of fabric in that area.
  8. Turn right side out, this creates a very loose fitting pair of shorts.
  9. For the bib: I cut a 3 1/4" x 2 1/2" rectangle. 
  10. Fold top over 1/4" hem. Fold both sides over 1/4" hem.
  11. Center bib on front of pants. with right sides together match the bottom of bib to the top of waistband, sew 1/4" seam. (Next time I'm going to try adding the bib while I hem the waistband.)
  12. *I decided to add a pocket to the bib as an afterthought. I didn't measure, just cut a small rectangle, folded the top over and hemmed. Fold two sides over (iron would be best), then fold bottom up. Center it and sew onto bib.
  13. For the straps: I chose to cut two 1/2" wide strips of fabric, folded them in half and ran a zig-zag stitch up the center. Any natural fringe that occurs on the outer edge is welcome. We could also use ribbon or cording. Ideally you can always make proper seamed and turned straps, I'm sure Google can help with that.
  14. I sewed each strap on to the back, let them fall over the shoulders, then sewed them to the front while adding a 3/8" button. Trim excess strap fabric.
  15. Wa-la one pair of overalls for a big guy.
Pic of the side:

Pic of the back:

Cousin Rube wishes everyone...
Peace, Love, and Pancakes😎

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Friday, May 28, 2021

Boho Handbag for Barbie -Recycled Bottle Cap Base

The idea behind this Barbie Boho Bag is that it's basically a fabric yo-yo and I've glued a recycled water bottle cap to the inside to create the circle base and flat bottom. I love this idea and you can use any size cap, just adjust the size of your fabric circle. The most time consuming part of this project was waiting for the glue to dry! The straps can be anything, thin ribbon, yarn, bakers twine, cording, etc. The bag can go over the shoulder or across the body, and honestly, I didn't think about across the body until after I tied the straps, I would have made them longer if I had. But overall, this is a cute little quick project, perfect in any color, and I'm sure your girl would love to have some one:@)

The knots can be on top of the shoulder or moved down so they only shown on back of the bag.

What I did for a 1" water bottle cap:
Cut 5 1/2" circle of fabric, use pinking shears if you have them. Folks, you only have to buy them once, and sometimes you can find them at thrift stores or yard sales. If you do fabric crafts, pinking shears are a good investment.
Glue bottle cap to center on wrong side of fabric. 
Cut your straps, use ~at least~ 12" for each one, aim for at least 18" if you have it.
Fold edge over a liberal 1/4" and begin sewing your strap around the edge leaving about 1/8" on the outside folded edge. Keep stitches at least 1/4" apart. Do this just shy of half way around the circle.
Using another piece of your strap, do the same for the other side.

Making sure to use the two ends from the same strap, scrunch the fabric together to close each side. As it gathers, guide it so the cap is on the inside.

Using the doll for reference, determine how long you want the straps. Tie each side of the straps into a knot and cut excess off. 
Simply stretch the hole open to fill the bag, pull ties and scrunch fabric together to close it.

Barbie says a girl can never have too many bags😉

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Sunday, May 23, 2021

One Piece Summer Tunic Top for Barbie -No Hems, Free Pattern

Here's another super simple Barbie top that only requires one piece of fabric, two little 1" seams (machine stitch or hand sew) and some yarn or ribbon for the tie. We like this type of project here at DIY Barbie Blog:@) This makes a tunic type top, open at the sides. Using pinking shears to help control fraying is the key so we don't have to hem the top. This is a 10 minute project that, while far from haute couture... Would be an easy sleepover or birthday party craft. Have fun embellishing the ties, I added a little accent bead and fringed the ends of the yarn.

What I did:
  1. Cut 9" x 3 1/2" rectangle of fabric with pinking shears.
  2. Fold in half long ways (4 1/2" x 3 1/2"), then fold in half the other way (4 1/2" x 1 3/4").
  3. Measure from fold down the center about 3/4" and make a dot. Measure from cut outer edge towards fold 1" and make a dot. Cut semi-circle for neck opening between the dots.
  4. Fold top in half with right side showing (pic below), from the folded shoulder measure down the side 1", sew a little 1" long seam on the outside of the fabric about 1/4" from the edge, backstitching both ends. Do this on both sides.
  5. Cut a piece of yarn, bakers twine or ribbon at least 12" long (longer is better, it can be trimmed as desired). Thread it onto a needle and starting a little off from the center front, sew it around the top. This will be in line with where your side seams ended and below the bust line. I made my stitches about 1/4" apart. The idea is to create a tie in the center front that helps gather the shirt and give it a little more shape.
  6. Dress doll, tie cute bow-done!

Hindsight being perfect and all...
I should have used black thread and yarn so it would be easier to see, 
but I hope you get the idea.

For clarity...

A pic of the side:

And the back.
As for the slight fraying... 
I think as time goes on, it will add to the look, 
kind of a hippy, easy going 60's-70's look😉

Barbie says it's summer...
Let's pull on a colorful loose fitting top and enjoy the nice weather😎

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Balloon Bathing Suit for Kelly Doll (Barbie DIY)

As the weather heats up I wanted to share a super simple idea for a Kelly doll bathing suit from a balloon. Literally four cuts and a stretch over her head-done! I used a balloon that's about 2" at the widest point, maybe makes a 9" inflated balloon. I just picked up a pack of assorted sizes. Simply cut the neck off, make a small slit about 1/4" from the cut end, this is the hole that stretches over her head. Then two little leg holes on the round bottom part. Open the cut end, push her legs through the holes, stretch over head, do a little arranging and wa-la,  we're ready for a day at the beach:@) 

Kelly is sending you sandy greetings and sunny wishes😎

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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Barbie Dog Bath from Recycled Yogurt Container

We can either spend $20 on a Mattel branded dog bath play set or... Make our own from a recycled yogurt container:@) These are the type of crafts I like best, recycling trash into something fun that sparks imagination and doll play, perfect for a quiet weekend afternoon. I used a single serving Greek yogurt from Walmart and the container is a little deep. Solution, add something to the bottom that won't float. I had some glass pebbles from an old fish bowl and they worked great! They also added a little of that blue color we associate with water, a drop of food coloring works too. Other ideas, a small glass object, salt shaker, bowl, etc, or maybe a clean rock. My bubbles are literally from a bottle of bubbles. 

Over the years I've accumulated several Barbie dogs, most are itty lap dogs. 
It's nice to see Mattel including puppies that have some size in the latest playsets. 
This terrier type is from the foosball set and there's an even larger labrador retriever in the kettle grill set.

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Monday, May 10, 2021

Barbie Party! Pretty Soft Sugar Cookies with Pink Jello Frosting

These Soft Sugar Cookies with Pink Jello Frosting (and colorful sprinkles of course:@) would be perfect for a girly-girl birthday party, or sleepover, or rainy Saturday... Or any day! I have to say I ~loved~ this frosting folks, so much fruity flavor and such a pretty color. My best tip, use sugar free Jello for the biggest burst of flavor and to be able to get the deepest color. I used Strawberry for these cookies. I've been infatuated with Jello for some reason (probably because it tastes great and is pretty economical), you can find my Pinterest Board with more Jello ideas and recipes here.
I have absolutely no doubt these cookies would be Barbie approved😎

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