Belts for Barbie

Ever want that finishing touch to a Barbie outfit? For years, I made belts from scraps of ultrasuede, a metal snap and a doll size belt buckle. But I can’t always find the color and weight of ultrasuede that I need to go with a particular garment. Recently, I was browsing through Michaels craft store and found these little faux leather bands in with their charms. You get a package of 10 for about $7.50 (unless you have a coupon, like me).

They’re made for slide on charms and hook onto larger bracelets. But guess what! They’re the perfect length for a Barbie belt! I just slip on a buckle and sew a snap on the two ends and voila!

Notice the brooch in the photo? It’s one of the slide on charms designed to go on the bands!

Pink Plaid for Barbie and friends

I do love a good Burberry plaid, especially when it comes in pink! To really show it off, I cut the front panel of the dress on the bias and framed it with black polka dot fabric that continues up into the straps of the dress. Of course the look wouldn’t be complete without a hand sewn straw hat with silk ribbon embroidered flowers. Available now in my Etsy shop.

I’ve also just posted some hand knitted throws, hats and scarves, courtesy of my sister.

1:6 scale pdf printable boxes

I’ve been having fun making some printables again. This time, I made some perfume and hand lotion boxes for Barbie and friends. The pdf file and instructions can be downloaded from my Etsy shop, hankiechic.etsy.com.

This is what the file will look like (minus the Hankie Chic watermark). You’ll receive 2 sizes of boxes in pink and blue.

Hallmark Kiddie Car Classic

A couple of weeks ago, I found this Hallmark Kiddie Car Classic in an antique shop. I thought it might be about the right size for a Chelsea or Kelly doll, and discovered it fits Chelsea perfectly! I’m not sure if Hallmark still makes these, but you can find plenty of options on eBay.

GAW Barbie convention preview

On Wednesday, I leave for the GAW Barbie Convention in Livonia, MI. For the last few months, I’ve been busy sewing, painting, gluing, and assembling. Here’s a preview of some of the things I’ll be bringing with me.

Refurbished vintage Susy Goose Barbie piano
Refurbished vintage Susy Goose Skipper vanity
Refurbished vintage Susy Goose Barbie vanity
Barbie dresses made from vintage Gianni Vercase and Burberry handkerchiefs
Barbie dresses hand sewn from vintage Barbie handkerchiefs
More hankie dresses … from designer hankies, hand embroidered hankies, and luxury fabrics
I’ll be bringing about 30 one of a kind hand sewn doll dresses with me, along with more furniture, a wide assortment of 1:6 scale miniatures, and much, much more!
I counted and I’ve made over 75 mini pillows!
Come see me during room sales Thursday or Friday or in the sales room on Saturday or Sunday.

Mini shopping bags for Barbie and friends

I’ve been so busy making things to sell at the Grant A Wish Barbie Convention in April, but I’m also looking forward to room shopping. To get in the spirit, I decided Barbie needed her own shopping bag.

All you need is a printer, some glue, and a bit of 1/8” wide ribbon.

Make your own mini shopping bags by downloading this file. Fold under along dotted lines and white tabs. Put glue on the white tabs and assemble. I used a small hole punch to punch out the white circles on the sides of the bag. Then thread ribbon through the holes and tie knots on the end or tape to the inside of the bag to secure.

1:6 scale furniture makeovers

A little while ago, I wrote about some doll furniture I repainted for a friend. I just finished a pair of chairs for the same friend and thought I’d share those as well.

Before … plastic Mattel Barbie chair
After

I hand painted the chairs in brown, cream, and gold and glued on brass stampings I found on Etsy.

Getting ready for GAW Barbie Convention

If you’ve been wondering why I haven’t been posting many dresses lately, it’s because I’m busy getting ready for the GAW Barbie Convention in Livonia, Michigan, next month. I have about 25 OOAK dresses set aside to take with me (and hoping to get more made!), plus I’ve been working on 1:6 scale miniatures and some custom orders. (I won’t show you the dresses now, for fear you’d want to buy them before I get there and then I’d have none to take!) I’ve been trying to package up the miniatures as I go so I’m not frantically packing the day before. Here’s what I have done so far. More to come! Come visit Hankie Chic during room sales and in the sales room. Hope to see you there!

Magnetic brooches for Barbie
1:6 scale framed Barbie photos, pillows, and vanity sets
1:6 scale Barbie books and paper doll sets
My sister’s been knitting throw blankets and faux fur stoles for your favorite doll
My sister also made a bunch of Barbie tote bags
I’ll also have printed copies of some of my exclusive Hankie Chic sewing patterns available