It doesn’t take much at all to make a bridal bouquet for your Barbie wedding ensemble. These three ingredients are all you’ll need to make your doll a pretty bouquet to hold on her ever-important wedding day:
- Green twist tie wire
- Fabric or ribbon flowers
- Wire cutters
And that’s all!
Green twist tie wire is that stuff that people buy at Christmas time for tying up Christmas wreaths and boughs of holly. It’s readily available during the Christmas holiday, but not as easy to find when it’s not Christmas season. Still, you should be able to find some on Amazon any time of the year.
I buy my fabric flowers at JoAnn Fabrics, as I live in the United States. Hobby Lobby probably carries something similar too. If you can’t find any ready-made fabric flowers where you live, there are plenty of tutorials on YouTube showing how to create your own from ribbon or fabric.
The wire cutters aren’t essential because most of the packages of green twist tie wire come with a cutter attachment. (You’ll see one on my package of green twist tie wire in the video.) However I think a pair of wire cutters will make a cleaner cut than those cheapy choppers on the green twist tie packaging. And when you’re making a toy for children, you want your bouquet to have clean cuts because a sharp wire can injure a child.
This video is part of a series. I’ve been designing costumes for a Barbie wedding ensemble which includes dresses for Barbie and her bridesmaids, plus a nice suit for Ken. To see what I’ve finished so far, go to the Gallery Page. From there, you can find links to each outfit in the wedding set. Ken’s suit patterns and tutorials will likely post next week, right here on ChellyWood.com.
Some of my followers have wondered what motivates me to give my patterns away for free.
First of all, I’m a librarian by trade. Librarians love free stuff! We believe that the more a person knows, the more enriched their life will be. So it may sound kind of crazy, but I want ChellyWood.com to become a sort of library of free patterns that help people learn to sew doll clothes.
If you’d like to learn more about my motives, feel free to visit my Chelly’s Books page.
My Gallery Page is the easiest way to search through all of my patterns to find what you want. Each image on the Gallery Page takes you to links for patterns and tutorials.
Need help printing my patterns? This link offers a tutorial showing you how to download and print my FREE patterns using Google Docs. (For the older print-a-pattern tutorial, which uses Microsoft Word, click here.) To review my difficulty scale (demonstrating how hard or easy a pattern is by the number of flowers displayed), take a look back at this blog post.
Please note: you must enlarge my patterns to fit a full-sized piece of American computer paper (8.5 x 11 inches or 216 x 279 mm) without margins, before printing. These designs use a scant 1/4 inch seam (4 mm to be exact).
My patterns are now available through “Creative Commons Attribution.” This means that I created my patterns (and therefore I own rights to them), but I’m willing to share them with everyone who will tell people about my website.
Here are some helpful ways to tell the world about my patterns:
- You can pin them on Pinterest.
- You can like them on Facebook.
- You can tweet about them.
- Use any other form of social media that appeals to you!
Are you new to sewing? I’ve got a playlist of tutorials for the beginning sewists on my YouTube channel. It includes video tutorials showing you how to do a basic straight stitch when sewing by hand, how to use the whipstitch to hem a garment, how to sew on snaps, and even how to design your own doll clothes patterns, for those who are new to design and alterations.
In case you haven’t heard, I have actually designed some commercial patterns for Lammily LLC. You might want to visit the Lammily website to see what they’ve got going on.
If your question wasn’t answered here, feel free to submit a question. I’m always happy to help my followers find what they need, so they, too, can make amazing doll clothes and crafts!