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For parents of kids with a variation of Barbie and other fashion dolls in their household, you'll know that the need for new outfits is essential.

Why spend lots of money on the Barbie t-shirt and the Barbie top when you can make your own? Making doll clothes is a creative, convenient and fun activity for kids to get involved in - and it saves money! Read on for some amazing ideas and tips for no-sew barbie clothes.!

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1) Top And Skirt Co-Ord

The first of our Barbie doll hacks for adorable dresses is a simple no-sewing crop shirt and skirt pattern. Have kids choose their favorite stretch color and enjoy making clothes for their favorite doll!

Ages: 5+

Materials Needed:

Stretching, non-frying cloth

Scissors.

Method:

Draw a large circle on the fabric using a plate for the skirt. Fold the fabric into quarters. Snip 1cm off the tip so that the circle has a tiny hole in the middle. Or, snip a larger hole and sew on some elastic for a pleated skirt!

Cut a thin strip of fabric for the crop top, about an inch wide, and wrap it around Barbie's bust for the top. Finally, tie the strip at the back, cut off any excess material, or sew the ends together using the zigzag pattern for a cleaner finish.

2) No-Sew Swimsuit

This super Barbie doll swimsuit is an easy addition to the DIY Barbie clothes collection, requiring no sewing or patterns! A perfect no sew no glue option! You can check out Youtube too for this easy DIY barbie dress tutorial.

Ages: 7+

Materials Needed:

Stretchy fabric.

Scissors.

Method:

1. Measure and cut out a rectangle of fabric the length of Barbie's lower body and about 4cm in width.

2. Lay Barbie on a flat surface and lay the fabric strip over her vertically: the top of her fabric should be on her forehead, then it should cover her whole torso, and flow down under between her legs and behind her so that the bottom of the fabric is in the middle of her back.

3. Pinch the fabric where it begins to curve behind Barbie, then remove Barbie and fold the fabric vertically from where you've pinched it so that it hangs vertically but is shorter on one side in length.

4. Fold the fabric in half this time, the vertical line of symmetry.

5. Keeping the folded edge on the left, take a pair of scissors and cut a diagonal line: starting half a centimeter from the bottom-left corner, then cutting diagonally upwards about 2 cm, ending half a centimeter away from the right vertical edge of the fabric.

Different patterned fabrics laid out on op of each other.

6. After cutting diagonally upwards of 2cm, use the scissors again to make a steeper diagonal cut, starting where you left off and gradually working your way to the top-right corner of the fabric.

7. Put the fabric on Barbie in the same way as before, observing how the cuts made the fabric fit between Barbie's legs.

8. To make the neckline: with the fabric still on Barbie's body, pinch where the v-neckline would end on the middle of the fabric (in the middle of her chest, about 1cm below her armpit).

9. Holding on to where you've pinched the fabric, fold all of the fabric horizontally and remove it from Barbie's body, still holding on to the pinched point.

10. Pick up the scissors again and cut the fabric, starting from the folded edge where it's pinched, continuing diagonally upwards, ending half a centimeter away from the vertical edge. You've now created the straps and a v-neckline. When the fabric is folded, you're cutting half a 'v' out of the fabric, so that what's left are two straps.

11. Put the fabric back on Barbie's body and see how it is beginning to look like a bikini top on the front.

12. Turn both Barbie and the fabric over.

13. Pinch the fabric between Barbie's waist and hips to mark where the bikini bottoms will end. Then, keeping your thumb on this area, lift the cloth.

14. Cut one thin strip, starting from the top of the fabric (the shorter end) about half a centimeter from the edge. Cut the strip from the bottom until you line up where your finger is. Repeat on the other edge of the fabric to have two thin strips, a short distance apart, that both end where Barbie's waist will be.

15. Since the two strips are separated by a thick bit of fabric in-between, cut the fabric off, so there is a gap between the two thin strips.

16. Put the swimsuit back around Barbie's body in the right place. Tie the two strips around Barbie's waist, wrapping around the front and finishing with a knot or bow behind.

17. Tie the two shoulder straps near Barbie's shoulder behind her neck to create a halterneck jumpsuit.

Adjust if necessary, then your Barbie swimsuit will be complete!

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3) Terrific Barbie Pants

For some more modern DIY Barbie clothes, you'll need some stylish pants! Keep this among your patterns for Barbie that you can use repeatedly. You can create this look with the help of free patterns.

Ages: 7+

Materials Needed:

In your favorite color, an old, stretchy children's sock mid-calf height.

Needles and thread, or a sewing machine.

Scissors.

Method:

1. Cut the foot part of the sock off from the ankle downwards.

2. Turn the rest of the sock inside-out.

3. Starting in the middle of the bottom, cut up the sock and stop when you're about an inch and a half from the top.

4. The seams created by the incision now need to be sewn, so that you can form the pants legs. Feel free to hand-stitch or a sewing machine set to the zig-zag pattern.

5. Turn the pants inside-out, and you're done!

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4) No-Sew Sock Dress

DIY Barbie Doll dress patterns can be easy to follow, but nothing says easy like a dress that only requires a sock and some scissors to make!

Ages: 5+

Materials Needed:

Kids' socks (aged 2-4 as they fit pretty nicely).

Scissors.

Method:

Take a sock and cut the heel part, and keep the tube-like portion intact. 

Cut through the sock towards the top, where the elastic is. The length you cut will be determined by the size of your doll. The slots should be large enough to allow your doll's arms to slide through. Repeat on the opposite side.

Put your doll's arms through the holes to dress her. Accessorize with ribbons, and lace, or add an elastic belt to enhance the look!

Barbie doll in a pink shiny dress sitting on the railing of a bridge, posing.

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6) Strapless Net Dress

Kids can make this easy yet elegant Barbie outfits without needle and thread. You just need the following items to create simple outfits from net gift bags.

Materials required:

Scissors

A net bag or Organza gift bag bag

Glue

Trim a small size gift bag's bottom. Place the ribbons around the waist of the skirt or dress and draw them tight. Do not trim the top piece of the garment above the ribbon since it will be the top portion of the dress. Use decorative ribbons, gems, glitters, and beads to add bling to your barbie outfits.

This can be also used as a skirt and you can create a strapless bodice using these materials too.

7) Hair Tie Skirt

Skirts never go out of fashion for your barbie doll clothes. Make a colorful skirt for your barbie clothes collection using just a rubber band, woolen threads, and free patterns. A perfect option for a no-sew no glue idea!

Materials required:

Wool threads or ribbon

Rubber band/ hair tie

Scissor

Measure the thread/ribbon according to the desired length of the skirt and cut twice its size. Fold a string/ribbon in half and place it over the hair band's top. Pass the loop through the band and tighten the grip. Repeat this process until you cover the entire band. And Voila! You have a trendy skirt for your barbie doll without sewing anything. You can also use fabric scraps to make this skirt.

8) Flower Dress

Let your child be inspired by nature for this barbie dress idea and explore the joys of creating something with heart. The best part of this is your designs keep changing based on what flowers and leaves are found in that season.

Materials Required:

Papers

Scissor

Flowers and leaves

Measure and cut one big and one small rectangle to create a skirt and a top respectively. You can just wrap the rectangles around the doll and glue it to get a nice top and skirt shape. Now, go to your garden and find seasonal flowers and leaves and decorate your dress with nature! Use glue to stick the flowers and seams.

This will give your child complete creative freedom to choose from different colors, and patterns and is a sustainable option.

9. DIY Barbie Baloon Dress

A balloon is an unusual fabric for clothing. However, if you know what to do with them, you can create Barbie clothes out of balloons!

Material Required:

A large-sized balloon

Scissors

Take a large balloon and cut off the tip of diagonally using a pair of scissors. Make sure not to make it too wide because this will be the top part of the dress.

Now, take the other side and cut off the bottom part. You can cut this part in any pattern you want. For the final touch, take the upper portion of your dress and cut out a triangle on one side to make a sleeve. Your no-sew barbie dress is ready.

10. No-Sew Baribe Dresses

Would you trust us if we told you that you could create a variety of Barbie outfits from a single pattern?

Material Required:

Fabric

Scissors

Take a piece of fabric, preferably with patterns on one side so that you can use it on both sides.

Cut out a circle according to your doll's size. Now, fold the circle off centre and cut out a small circle on the top of the triangular shape you get. Your customizable pattern is ready! You can use this as a skirt, dress and many designs with little imagination and efforts! Watch some YouTube tutorials for more ideas and barbie doll hacks on how to style your barbie with this.

How To Make Barbie Clothes

Perfect for the budding fashion designer, making DIY Barbie clothes is an excellent way for children to learn how dresses are made. They're also great fun because your child can use availabe material at home and have complete creative freedom with colors and fabrics! Plus, the little ones aren't too young to learn - we've got some fantastic no-sewing Barbie clothes ideas, easy to make for kids. You can always find more tutorials on YouTube for ideas.

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Dress

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Mermaid outfit

Barbie tutu skirt

Barbie kimono

Barbie shirt

Barbie track pants

Barbie jacket

Barbie fleece pajamas

Barbie strapless bodice

Barbie jumpsuit from Face mask

Party dresses

Animal Print dresses

One shoulder dresses

Crochet dress

Crochet top-skirt co-ord

One shoulder top

DIY pleated skirt

DIY Pant-suit

Pleated skirt

Tulle dress

DIY paper and tape dress

Balloon skirt

Halter top

Bandage dress

Scrap fabric skirt

Denim dress

Denim skirt

Temitope is a Fine Art student in London who loves to learn and loves to express herself creatively. A Private Tutor also, she enjoys the opportunity to share her knowledge with children from Primary School all the way up to Sixth Form and finds it incredibly rewarding. When she isn’t writing or tutoring, you could find her painting, editing photos, baking or building Lego with her nephew.

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