How to Make Barbie Dress Up Clothes

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How to Make Barbie Dress Up Clothes
You can make authentic costumes or fun formalwear for Barbie by following or making patterns. (dancing doll image by timur1970 from

Making dress-up clothes for Barbie dolls is a way to spark kids' creativity, save money and happily pass a rainy day. Homemade Barbie clothes also ensures that your daughter or son has one of a kind garb for their Barbies and friends. By purchasing scraps of fabric from the remnant bins at craft supply store and using simple needle and thread hand-sewing techniques, homemade doll clothes are a great way to supplement Barbie's wardrobe without spending a lot of money.

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Things you need

  • Fabric scraps
  • Barbie dolls
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Straight pins
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Trim

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    Find free patterns online or trace Barbie clothes you already own to create a pattern for the new article of clothing. You can alter the pattern by adding or removing sleeves, changing the hemline or connecting traced tops and skirts to create a dress.

  2. 2

    Pin and cut the material following your patterns. Be sure to use scissors with a sharp blade so the material won't snag, especially materials like lame and satin. Carefully pin stretchy materials like jersey knits so that the proportions of the pattern are not skewed.

  3. 3

    Hand-stitch the materials with simple forward stitches. You can also backstitch to secure hems, particularly on pieces with added trims like lace. If you are unsure about stitching, you can find tutorial videos online or find sewing books at your local library.

  4. 4

    Trim the new doll clothes with lace, sequins, fabric paint or other accents. You can also use the same pattern to make a dress or other piece in several different colours, materials or trims. This is especially helpful for sisters or friends to differentiate between each others' Barbie wardrobes.

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