And More Barbie Stuff… Roll-up Totes

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My Barbie fabric has just about come to an end. I am down to one piece about 18″ by 20″ and a small bag of scraps.

Here are the latest.

Roll-up totes and a notepad cover.

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The smaller ones can hold little Barbie dolls.

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(This photo was taken before I added the shoes.)

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Making the notepad cover was super easy using Steam-A-Seam2. I love that stuff. I definitely will be buying more!!

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Hanging With Barbie, 22″ Pillow

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Whew!! Glad I am finally finished.

It’s been quite a ride. The sides gave me FITS. Many Back-to-Square ones. But it looks like the vision I had before I started.

And speaking of starting…..

I have been obsessed with using up my Barbie fabric. So I decided to make a pillow. A HUGE PILLOW. I wanted it to be used as a floor pillow and then to be stored away when not in use. Hung up. Like hanging up a jacket.

It is made with a simple Log Cabin design for the front. And a lot of fussy cutting.

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I quilted it with a wide stippling stitch for a larger footprint. Quick and easy.

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The back was easy too. Fold-over envelope style lined with white flannel.

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Just straight lines to hold the “sandwiching” together. And to form a path for the snaps to be aligned straight.

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The challenge (always a challenge somewhere) was adding the side strips which would hold the cord for hanging.

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First, I broke two needles trying to sew through the strips (which had iron on interfacing) plus the bulk of the top and bottom of the pillow. OK, regroup. Start over. Only put interfacing on half of the strip. That worked. Moving on.

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Next, tried different cord materials. Macrame cord, unlined fabric. Not the effect I wanted. Ended up recycling the cord from the toss pillows I saved from the dumpster. Worked fantastic. I covered it “coiled fabric” style.

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When adding the covered cord through the side strips, I created four knots in each corner. So pillow could be hung from any side.

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And wouldn’t you know it!! The past few days have been so hot, I about melted on every trip outside. But the day I need sun to take photos, it is hiding behind giant clouds. The best I could do was to use the foyer as a prop. You can see the pillow hanging from the doorknob.

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And later, I found light streaming in from one of the bedroom windows.

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Well, there you have it. One Pillow. A week’s worth of pillow making. I love it when I dream up something and it comes out just as I saw it. A complete vision match.

Just about out of my Barbie fabric. More stuff to show you later.

Ticker Tape Barbie Doll Quilt

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Well, you knew it had to happen, right!! That I would put my own spin on this.

I used a few larger pieces for this Barbie Ticker Tape doll quilt. In the corners and the center. I even “for real” quilted the center.

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If you have been following along with me on my quilting journey, then you know I HATE the hand sewing the binding part the most.

So… this time I tried machine sewing it on. With mixed results. I like the look but I think it would have been faster just to hand sew it. I had a problem getting the top stitched seam to “catch” the seam with the batting. Had to rip out the stitches, open it up to see the problem. Ended up cutting 1/8″ off on one side and redoing it. Then I added a second seam all around just for safe measures. I will probably machine bind again but just on small items.

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I bought this Barbie fabric I think on eBay, or maybe Etsy, a few years ago. Don’t have much left. I made a pillow and plan to make a larger pillow with the yard or so I have left.

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Look at this little cloth doll I found at the Salvation Army Thrift Store this week. I am fast becoming one of their best customers. She was only $1.99. Her colors perfectly match my little quilt. I was tickled to find her!!

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So… that is Ticker Tape Barbie. Next up, Mickey.

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Barbie Fabric Bowls or Bags

Thursday, August 13

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Barbie Fabric Bowls?? Well, they started off as round bowls. But along the way to the finish line they turned into handbags. Purses. I am thinking slumber bag for the larger one and going to grandma’s for the smaller one.

I would carry the larger one even knowing it was made from Barbie fabric. It’s not that obvious. Bet you wouldn’t have guessed it, if I hadn’t told you, huh?

I have a bit of hand sewing left to do on the smaller bag. Dreading it. I can’t use a thimble, my fingers won’t hold onto one. So, I have to tape my fingers to reduce pricks and that slows me down.

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The larger one was a challenge. I wanted to put grommets on the sides so I could string the straps through but neither me nor hubby could get the darn thing to work. The two parts would NOT mash together and hubby is pretty strong!! I am returning it for a refund. I ended up using silver split rings. Looks ok to me. I reinforced the area so it is strong enough to hold the usual weight of a ladies purse. Strap can be carried doubled or long.

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The smaller bag has two 4″ Marbella rings for handles.

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It also has a pocket inside.

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It doubles as a bowl to hold all those little girl things. Just fold the top down. Oh yeah, the larger bag also doubles as a tall bowl to hold all those big girl thingys. 😀

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There’s lots more Barbie fabric left. About 6 yards. Maybe I’ll make more bowls. I have an idea for a placemat and coasters. Doll size. For playing house. Or a border for a picture frame.

Lot of ideas. Just need to sit, sew and create.