Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Barbie says Saturday is World Doll Day! #WorldDollDay

Did you know there is a World Doll Day? Yep, every year it's the second Saturday in June. It started in 1986 as a way to help spread the universal message of love and happiness, and to recognize the contribution dolls have made to child development. It also encourages folks to give the gift of a doll, especially to a child that does not have one. You can read more here.

How can we participate?
Perhaps reach out to community groups and charities to see about a toy drive.
Or maybe use this as a day to go through our own collections and donate to thrift stores.
And speaking of thrift stores, mine usually has some group of items on sale,
suggest to them that this Saturday it should be dolls, or toys in general.
And it's never too early to begin thinking ahead,
how about picking up a doll or two and storing them for Toys for Tots at Christmas.
I also understand we can share pics of our dolls on social media #WorldDollDay.

Look at that...
A day doll enthusiasts everywhere can support!๐Ÿ˜‰

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Barbie Summer Hat or Beach Hat -Free Sewing Pattern

Barbie says it's summertime and every girl needs a few hats to help protect her delicate skin from the harmful rays of the sun. But more importantly (in Barbie's world) she says hats can be super cute too:@) Use any cotton fabric, in any design or color, maybe make a few to match different outfits. Now, life is funny folks, and things don't always turn out to match our vision... I started with a great bucket hat pattern for humans from Hello Sewing, and thanks to my marginal sewing skills it turned into a beach hat for a Barbie doll. ~But~ in the end, I did end up with a hat, and I do like the look of it. I'm also pleased with myself that I didn't give up on the project and actually completed this itty-bitty hat! 

While I'll share the actual pattern I used for this hat,
what I really suggest is that you stop by Hello Sewing,
Very helpful indeed!
And if you're feeling extra creative...
Maybe make matching hats for your girl and her doll,
you'll be a rock star๐Ÿ˜Ž

✂The pattern:
I signed up for the free download pattern,
 and reduced it to 28%.

What I did differently:
My hat is not reversible,
 and I chose to cut the outer brim with pinking shears so it didn't need a hem.
I did use a sewing machine, 
hand stitching is certainly an option for this small hat.

Make something just for fun -if you're up to the challenge๐Ÿ˜‰
And have a happy day!

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Cinnamon Roll Butterflies & Barbie Butterfly Theme'd Party

I thought these Cinnamon Roll Butterflies from Pillsbury were so cute I just had to whip some up to share the idea:@) Super simple, canned cinnamon rolls and maraschino cherries. This is a fun sleepover project, or would be great for a lazy Sunday morning breakfast. Whenever you serve them, may I suggest we get the kids involved... It's a great beginner kitchen project, even the youngest child can help if you use a pizza cutter instead of a knife to cut the biscuits. Or have them add some sprinkles after they are iced, like I did here. 

Pillsbury used the cherry stems for antenna...
My cherries didn't have stems?
S'up with that Walmart???
So I just thinly sliced some lime rind/peel,
crisis averted:@)

Having a theme'd birthday party?
Barbie has several butterfly outfits too,
This set is currently available,
and the shorts and top will fit Curvy Barbie too.

And there are even dolls that come in a butterfly dress:

At my Walmart over the weekend:

While I haven't seen the little RW&B wings this year (yet),
they do still have plenty of other pretty color options.

Cinnamon Roll Butterflies-from Pillsbury
  1. Cut maraschino cherries in half (one cherry per butterfly). Drain cut side down on paper towel. Save the stems if you have them.
  2. Separate rolls, cut in half. Place icing back in fridge.
  3. Place rolls on baking sheet, curved sides together. Press where they meet a little so they stick together. Also, make sure all of the dough is touching in the 'wings'.
  4. Bake per instructions.
  5. Cool ~at least~ 10 minutes. 
  6. Cut small hole in icing bag, pipe on wings. You can click to see how Pillsbury did it, I flooded the main part of the wings and added sprinkles.
  7. Add cherries to center of butterfly to create body. Poke hole with toothpick to add stems, or whatever you're using, as antenna.
  8. Serve and enjoy!
Make something just for fun and have a happy day:@)

Monday, May 30, 2022

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Fisher Price Little People Barbie Set -At the stores...

I had to stop in my tracks and take some pictures of this adorable Fisher Price Little People Barbie set this morning! It's like My First Barbie for toddlers:@) The set is designed after the Big City Big Dreams movie. It was an end display at Walmart, and judging by what was left, it's very popular. They had a Dream House with plenty of furniture and things to do:

And of course a car...

And extra people dressed for different activities:

Absolutely adorable๐Ÿ˜‰
Have you found anything fun lately?

Have a great weekend!

Monday, May 23, 2022

Barbie Easy Summer Tops from Wire Edge Ribbon -No Sew

Today we're channeling our inner Daisy Duke:@) My inspiration was a really cute pink ribbon with white polka dots from Dollar Tree. It is 1.5" wide and has wire edges. I'm showing a couple options, each comes together in no time (well, as long as it takes for the hot glue gun to heat up)... These ideas will literally fit any size doll, standard, Curvy Barbie, skipper, and a thin ribbon would even work for Chelsea. And of course, you could use any ribbon design, red, white and blue for the summer holidays would be really fun!

Literally cut a length of ribbon long enough to easily wrap around chest and tie closed.
I removed the wire for this one.
The idea is to tie it as tightly as you can, double knot, then trim the loose ends,
creating a cute little bow.

Cut length of ribbon long enough for about 1 1/2 times needed to wrap around chest.
Holding wire, gather ribbon to create cute puffy top.
Once it fits around the doll:
I folded each end over a good 1/4" or more,
folded the wire over the area I planned to hot glue,
and hot glued velcro, over the wire, to each side.
Then trimmed the excess wire off.
Scrunch the gathers towards the front to dress doll.
Optional: Glue on thin coordinating ribbon as shoulder straps.
Super easy๐Ÿ˜Ž

I'd say the girls look like they're ready for a picnic,
canoeing, hiking,
or any summer activity the Ken dolls have planned!

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

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Saturday, May 7, 2022

Happy Mother's Day Weekend from DIY Barbie Blog!

 Here's wishing ~every~ nurturing caregiver
the Happiest of Mother's Day Weekends!

We here at DIY Barbie Blog
hope you enjoy your special day๐Ÿ’—

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Outside of the box... Upcycled Ken Bracelet from Recyclables (Barbie)

The idea behind this post is not to show how to make a Ken bracelet from packaging headed to the recycling bin... But ~it is~ about looking at items to see what else they might be. My favorite projects take something headed to the trash can and using it in a fun way for doll play. This male doll bracelet is just that! This little plastic clip came as protection for an on/off button. As soon as I took it off I saw a doll bracelet! It was a little too wide for Barbie and Curvy Barbie, didn't even fit them as an ankle bracelet... But it did fit Ken, and especially if you have a broad Ken. I only needed to find a bead that fit inside the hole. I'll continue to look for a really cool bead, but for now, Ken says this gold one matches his shirt just fine:@)

The plastic clip around the button of lighted tweezers:

Ready to be embellished,
just needs a bead and a little glue.
Or maybe a graphic of a wristwatch face๐Ÿ˜‰

Let's look at things creatively,
and have a happy day๐Ÿ˜Ž

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Barbie Bathing Suit Top from Ribbon and Beads -DIY

One of the fun garments in my grab bag from the thrift store was a Mattel bathing suit top that had some bead accents, just a pretty little touch that really added to the look:@) So I thought we'd make our own for the blog. Super simple, it only requires a small amount of ribbon, but you'll need to aim for 7/8" to 1" width for ample coverage. There weren't many options in my stash for that size ribbon, so I used this neutral tan color. This top can be made to fit standard or curvy Barbie, simply wrap the ribbon around the doll you want to dress. My contribution is, instead of adding a few accent beads, I used my wire necklace method to secure the top around the doll's neck. I'm sure Barbie would agree, the more bling, the better:@)

✂What I did:
*This is simply an embellishment of my ribbon bathing suit with picture tutorial post HERE.
  1. Wrap ribbon around her chest, over lap in back so you can add velcro, cut ribbon.
  2. Hot glue velcro to each side.
  3. Cut a piece of wire long enough to go from center front of top, up around doll's neck. *Complete necklace tutorial HERE.
  4. Wrap the wire around the center front of the top to gather it. I had a flower bead, so I added that as an embellishment.
  5. String beads on each side.
  6. Create little loops in the wire when beads go all the way up and behind her neck.
  7. Dress doll, shape the beads a little and bend/secure around her neck.
  8. Done!
A pic with my inspiration piece:

Barbie says,
while we may have had a cool mild spring...
Summer and hot weather will be here before we know it.
Let's have some summer gear ready to wear๐Ÿ˜‰

~Make something just for fun and have a happy day!
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