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.

My hankie stash

I’m always on the lookout for gorgeous vintage hankies to add to my stash. In normal circumstances, I like to haunt antique shops a couple times a month. But during this time, I’m limited to online resources like eBay and Etsy. In the past few weeks, I’ve purchased these exquisite petit point and hand embroidered hankies from online sellers. Which one shall I make into a Barbie dress next?

Custom Barbie shoes

I’ve been running low on magnetic brooches and decided to make some more. I found some adorable little resin and rhinestone bows from the Etsy shop NailArtExtravaganza that I thought would be just perfect. So I ordered them, they arrived, and wow, are they tiny! I didn’t have any magnets on hand that were small enough. So rather than order smaller magnets … I pivoted and decided to dress up some Barbie shoes. Turns out the bows are exactly the right size to decorate Barbie shoes.


Feeling thankful

Seven years ago this week, I made this doll dress from a vintage Christmas hankie. I posted a photo of the dress on Pinterest and received a message from someone who wanted to purchase it. That first sale prompted me to open my Etsy shop, Hankie Chic, which led to many more dresses, discovering Barbie Conventions, making new friends, and a lot of fun. Thank you!

Views from the GAW salesroom

The GAW Barbie Convention sales room has closed for the evening, but I thought you’d like to see the dolls from our neighboring booths.

Across the aisle from us is the giant wall of Barbie. So tempting.


And behind us are the guys from Artist Creations with their magnificent OOAK Silkstone dolls. If only …



The salesroom opens to the public tomorrow, so stop in if you’re in the area.

GAW Barbie Convention and doll show this weekend

I’m taking the day off work tomorrow to start packing up for the GAW Barbie Convention. I have so much stuff to sell this year, including:

  • refurbished Susy Goose Barbie furniture
  • Repainted Barbie Fan Club chairs
  • dining sets
  • 1:6 scale pillows and purses made from embroidered hankies
  • Hankie Chic calendars
  • 1:6 scale books and perfume bottle sets
  • 1:6 scale vignette wall panels
  • doll jewelry
  • 29 OOAK Hankie Chic fashions for our favorite doll made from vintage hankies and silk Coach scarves
  • and more! (Because I’m sure I’ve forgotten something …)

Plus, I’ll be teaching a workshop on how to make 1:6 scale Japanese fans.

If you’re headed to Livonia, Michigan, this weekend, please stop in and see me.