When the nieces and nephews out numbered the number of people in my house, it was time to find the best way to still give them all Christmas gifts. That’s when I decided that Christmas from then on was going to be handmade. It’s been a few years now that Christmas has been all handmade.
My handmade gift to my nieces last year was Barbie clothes. Awhile ago The Crafty Mummy posted a link of a pattern she tested for The Craft Barn. And I’m not one to reinvent the wheel, I do change it most of the time, but if I can avoid it I hardly ever start from scratch to learn something, especially when you can gain someone’s knowledge to avoid lots of frustration.I had never sewn Barbie clothes before, and knew because of the small scale there had to be a different construction process to the sewing of Barbie clothes. Tonya gave it a great review so I bought the pattern.It worked out great, wonderfully written with step by step photographs, no guess work as to what comes next, or how did they get there. Well worth the $4 bucks.I only did the peasant blouse, the skirt and the pants. I wanted to keep them modest. But the pattern also comes with a Shirred dress and Tube Top pattern.


It was a great way to get modest Barbie clothes. I’m so far behind this year on deciding what I’m going to make my nieces, that I might just have to pull this pattern out and make a few more outfits.

When do you start planning you handmade gifts?

~Sonia Barton