Thursday, October 28, 2021

Felt Holiday Vest for Ken (Barbie) -Free Pattern, No Hem, No Sew

I saw these cute vests that were intended to be wrapped around wine bottles as Christmas gift decorations, and I thought they would make great Holiday Vests for Ken. Depending upon how detailed you'd like to make it look, this is a quick no-hem craft that has a no-sew option. I chose to make mine totally with hot glue to see how that would look. Simply cut one from felt, add a little bow tie and some buttons... And Ken looks like he's ready to be the life of the party:@) 

What I did:

  1. Fold felt in half, using the fold as the neckline, pin pattern in place, cut one.
  2. Slightly overlap the front (like you're buttoning a shirt), sew or glue closed.
  3. Sew or glue buttons onto overlapping side.
  4. Sew or glue little bow tie (mine was from the craft store).
  5. Sew or glue ribbon to each side so it can be tied behind doll's back.
  6. Optional: Glue small piece of white or contrasting colored fabric, ribbon or ruffle to top backside of front. I added the red check for some seasonal color contrast.
  7. Optional: Sew all the way around the vest making it look like a neat seam.
  8. Optional: Create "pockets" by either gluing contrasting felt on, or drawing them with a Sharpie.
  9. Optional: Sew or glue small piece of chain to each pocket.
  10. Optional: Now, this vest sticks up around the doll's neck... If you want it to lay flatter, simply cut it apart at the middle of the back of the neck and hot glue some velcro for closure.
My inspiration:

Ken says it's never too early to start planning for the holidays😎
Oh and, if you want to make a few for wine bottle gifts,
that's fun too😉

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

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  1. How clever is this! After seeing this I think my granddaughter's Ken dolls need to be decked out for the holidays in her dollhouse. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Looking time lurker here; I just wanted to say that you have some of the most clever ideas for Barbie & Ken! Thank you for sharing your creativity with us 😊


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