I love the concept of DIY. Some people are freakishly good at it – I’m not really one of them. However, I really like the idea of making stuff yourself because there’s a lot of satisfaction and beauty in working with your hands. I make more stuff than ever, and I want to instil this type of thinking in my kids too. And you know what? The kids often do DIY in their play, without even thinking about it.
We’ve made Organza Bag Clothes for the Barbies before, and this time, my 10-year-old daughter and I worked on a skirt using simple materials around the house: a small hairband and ribbon/wool. The skirts turned out fantastic and below is how we did it.
Small hairband (or elastic) – the smaller hair bands work best; that is slightly smaller than regular size or cut a regular band and tie to size
Wool / Ribbon / String
1. Use the Barbie to measure the wool/ribbon to how long you want the skirt to be. Lay a strand from the waist and measure to where you want the skit to end. Now fold the strand over to make a double length and cut (when the strand is folded in half, it will be the desired length). Use that piece to measure and cut the desired amount. For wool, you will need about 30, and depending how thick the ribbon is, you will need anything from 10 or more.
2. Fold a strand in half and lay over the top of the hair band.
3. Thread the loop over the band.
4. Feed the two ends through the loop.
5. Pull down tight.
6. Repeat until the entire band is covered.
7. Trim the lengths of the skirt evenly once it is on the Barbie or if you want slightly different lengths (like we have done for the hula skirt).
Below are the skirts we made:
Thick Ribbon Tutu – Rainbow Wool Hula Skirt – Yellow Double Layer Skirt (with an organza bag petticoat)