Sunday, December 4, 2022

Barbie's Ugly Christmas Tree Sweater Dress -DIY Free Pattern, Felt, No-Sew Option

I saw some, um, ugly Christmas sweater dresses at Walmart and thought it might be fun to whip one up for Barbie:@) This is a super simple project that only requires a 25¢ (yikes inflation! 35¢) piece of felt and anything you have in the craft stash to decorate the tree. This can be quickly sewn, or a no-sew project by using some glue. Felt also makes this a no-hem project-gotta love that! The pattern fits both standard dolls, and our model today is Curvy Barbie. My suggestion: If you're planning this as a party or sleepover project, you might want to have the dresses made ahead of time, and just let the girls decorate them. 

Oh and, don't forget Ken...
He likes to get dressed up too!

Possible decorations:
Pom-poms, glitter, garland, ribbon, sewing trims, buttons, mini Christmas decorations,
beads, yarn, bows, sequins, rhinestones, diamond mesh ribbon, faux fur, 
stickers or cut shapes/ornaments from more felt.
~Anything goes folks!

The Pattern:

What I did:
  1. Tip: Honestly, the best glue for felt seems to be hot glue.
  2. Cut two from pattern.
  3. Place right sides together, sew or glue up sides to arm hole (line on pattern).
  4. Turn right side out.
  5. Optional: I did cut the front neckline into a bit of a scoop.
  6. There are options for securing the dress... I added a little velcro to the garland and back of one shoulder so it can be opened and closed for dressing. You could also glue a long piece of ribbon around each arm hole, leaving two long ends to tie into bows on top of the shoulders.
  7. At this point the dress is done, glue on decorations as desired😎
My inspiration:

Rather make a Santa type outfit?
I think you could easily create this look with the same idea/pattern:

Looks like Barbie and Ken are ready for the party😎

🎄Make something just for fun and have a happy day🎅

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