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 wear😉

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

1 comment:

  1. Very cute, Lynn. And, love the different looks, can never have two many tops! Sandi


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