To make Printable Barbie doll sewing patterns:
- Open a blank page in your graphics software program and import the templates to your page.
- Resize the pattern top so that it measures 6in wide by 8in high and rotate 90 degrees if necessary. Resize the skirt pattern so that it measures 6” wide by 8” high and rotate 90 degrees if necessary.
- Place a rectangle with an outline and no fill on the page and resize it so that it covers both the jacket and the skirt (if you are using the same pattern for both). Fill the rectangle with the pattern or color or clip art of your choice.
- Layer this rectangle beneath the templates so that the outlines for the doll template show on top of the printable pattern or color.
- Print a test page on plain paper. If you are satisfied with the output, you can now transfer your printable to an ink jet fabric sheet.
- Allow the transfer fabric sheet to dry for about 5 minutes and then peel off the backing sheet. Cut out the jacket and skirt from the fabric sheet. PAY ATTENTION to where the “A’s” and “B’s” are on the jacket and which are the front and the back (you can mark them on the reverse side of the jacket with a pencil). Make the split at the front of the jacket up to the neck and then cut out the hole.
- Run a tiny bead of fabric adhesive around one of the “A” curves on the printed side of the fabric. Fold it in half and slowly line it up with the “B” curve opposite it. Press it gently to make sure the adhesive sticks. Repeat with the other “A” and “B” curve. Once the adhesive dries a bit, you can reverse the jacket right side out.
- Place a small strip of self-stick Velcro (the Velcro dots do well for this) on each of the inside corners on the back of the skirt. This will serve as the closing device for the skirt.