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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
The smaller bag has two 4″ Marbella rings for handles.
It also has a pocket inside.
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. 😀
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.
I decided to make a “test” purse first. Didn’t want to make a mess of perfectly good denim and checkered gingham. Didn’t follow the pattern and instructions much. I got them from Janome’s website. The “pattern” printed out on one sheet of 8 1/2″ by 11″ paper. It was shaped like a rectangle. There was one more piece shaped like a cup but I couldn’t get it to print out. The instructions showed how to sew the purse on a serger. And since I do not have a serger, I glanced briefly at their directions then set them aside. I referred back to the picture I found in Janome’s Summer 2007 Digest. So basically, this purse was created by sight and Janome’s rectangle. Talk about winging it!! Not bad, huh?
I used Barbie Fashion University fabric in blue, pink and yellow. The print on the fabric faces all different directions; top, bottom, sideways. So I didn’t have to worry about lining up shapes when cutting. I used hot pink cotton for the ruffle and lining. Lining? Oh yeah. Nothing was mentioned in the instructions about a lining. That was just me, winging it again.
This purse turned out much smaller than I pictured. With the flap folded, it measures 6 1/2″ length and 9″ height. Flat it measures 14″ in height. The inside compartment measures 7″ deep. Shoulder strap is 28″.
Now that I know what to do and what NOT to do, I will go ahead and cut out the denim purse. I think I will make it slightly larger. After this, I will be using a REAL pattern for my next project.