Wednesday, September 1, 2021

How to Make a Fitted Tablecloth for Barbie (or any doll)

While I am truly pleased with my Barbie picnic table for pictures, I'm less enthusiastic that Mattel chose to make it... pink. Oh how I wish it was a nice wood-tone brown. Flipping through the LTD Commodities sale ad one day I saw some fitted seasonal tablecloths and thought that would be an easy fix:@) Also like that they could be for any season or occasion by using different fabrics. 

This is a quick project that works for any scale, in case your girl is into 18" dolls.
It would be easy to make some bench covers using the same technique (note to self:@)

What I did:
  1. Lay the table upside down on your fabric and cut about 2" out from the edges of the table.
  2. Use a piece of stretchy elastic/string/thin cording. Mine came wrapped around Christmas candy and was just about as long as the circumference of the table.
  3. Starting at the center of one side, fold fabric over the elastic a generous 1/4" and start hand sewing all the way around the fabric. Keep pushing the elastic up inside of the hem you are creating and don't lose both ends of the elastic.
  4. When you go all the way around, pull both ends of the elastic to scrunch the tablecloth together, creating the underside.
  5. Test it on the table. Once it fits securely and can easily be put on and removed, tie a knot in the elastic.
  6. Trim excess elastic, tuck loose ends under the hem and finish sewing the hem closed.
  7. Cover table, cut the watermelon, and grill up some burgers and hotdogs😎
My inspiration from LTD Commodities:

We hope everyone enjoys this last holiday weekend of summer!

🌼Make something just for fun and have a happy day🍉

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  1. It would be so much better if Barbie furniture had realistic colours, I agree! Your table cloth looks great, much better!! I understand your decision to have only one blog again, it is a lot of work isn't it, two blogs. I have 3 now, that's too many! Hugs!

  2. Your Barbie creations are always so cute and clever! Where did you get the minature food, adorable!

    1. Ha, Mini Brands from Walmart for the drink and BBQ sauce. Watermelon is lip gloss from Dollar Tree and the jello was a gift from my son, Etsy:@)

  3. What a clever idea and it will be fun to change out seasonally, too. Barbie is ready for her Labor Day picnic!

  4. Barbie is set for the holiday weekend! I wish I had a cute, festive tablecloth like she does!!!

  5. This looks like a fun party! I had to laugh at the Stubbs BBQ sauce :) Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg :)

  6. Something for Barbie that is pink! Shocker! I always wished that things for my Barbie were more realistic colours, I love pink but not everything has to be pink! This is a great solution :-)


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