I am not that fond of Barbie dolls. In fact, I even considered not allowing our girls to have them. But my husband and I gave the girls a “Barbie” doll house for Christmas a year ago. (Smart move, right! Well, my oldest daughter was going to garage sales with me, saw it and liked it, and I thought it would be a fun and cheap present for all of the girls.)
I do not know if it is a real Barbie house, but it is a house that is the perfect size for Barbie dolls or princess dolls that are the size of Barbie dolls. So of course, my girls wanted Barbie dolls to play with in the house. The girls already had a couple of dolls, but I told them I would look for more when I went to garage sales. I did get a few that next summer, but most did not have appropriate (if any) clothing.
So we needed new clothes–and here Kaylin will take over the story of our homemade Barbie clothes:
My sisters and I like to play with Barbies, but we don’t have many clothes for them. The clothes in the stores were expensive and immodest. One day, I was flipping through a magazine (Family Fun), and I saw how to make Barbie clothes out of socks. My mom got one of my younger sister’s socks that already had a hole. She cut off the foot part of the sock, and then cut a tiny hole in the middle for the head and two more on the sides for arms. The sock was small, so she added a piece of pretty material on the bottom. It fit perfectly! We did that to other old socks, and we had plenty of clothes for our Barbie dolls.
Here are a little more details: The original picture that we saw were from big socks, like an adult male white sport sock. The article said that her daughters then used fabric markers to decorate the “dress.” We did this, which you can see in the picture on the top of the page; and I also took red socks from my two year old, and added material to them to make it long enough for the Barbie dolls. I will attempt to show you how I did this.
If you used a white adult sock, the dress would be done!
This is how I added material to the bottom of the sock:
If a white sock is used, children can use fabric markers to design their own Barbie dresses. I had some leftover markers from when we decorated T-shirts for a birthday party, so the girls had fun drawing patterns and designs on their sock.
So now we have some modest clothes for the Barbie dolls that cost us almost nothing! All the socks we used also had holes in them so normally we would have just thrown them away!