Cute DIY Barbie Doll Swimsuits

Cute DIY Barbie Doll Swimsuits

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Materials Needed
  3. Barbie Doll Swimsuit Tutorial
    • 3.1 Choosing the Fabric
    • 3.2 Tracing and Cutting the Bottoms
    • 3.3 Folding and Gluing the Edges
    • 3.4 Tying the Bottoms Together
    • 3.5 Making the Top
    • 3.6 Creating a Cut or Adding Wire (optional)
  4. Alternate Style for the Original Swimsuit
  5. Conclusion
  6. FAQs

Article: How to Make Adorable Barbie Doll Swimsuits for Summer

Summer is right around the corner, and it's time to give your Barbie dolls a stylish upgrade with some adorable swimsuits. In this tutorial, I will show you step-by-step how to create eye-catching swimsuits for your dolls using simple materials and techniques. From choosing the perfect fabric to adding unique details, you'll be able to customize each swimsuit to your doll's style. So let's dive in and get started!

Materials Needed

Before we start, make sure you have the following materials handy:

  • Fabric scraps or old bathing suits
  • Pencil or felt pen
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun or needle and thread
  • Snap fasteners (optional)
  • Wire (optional)

Now that we have everything we need, let's proceed to the tutorial.

Barbie Doll Swimsuit Tutorial

3.1 Choosing the Fabric

The first step in creating a Barbie doll swimsuit is choosing the right fabric. You can use fabric scraps from old bathing suits or any stretchy fabric you have on hand. Take into consideration the color, pattern, and design you want for your doll's swimsuit.

3.2 Tracing and Cutting the Bottoms

To start, lay the doll's existing swimsuit bottoms on the fabric and trace around them using a pencil or felt pen. Don't forget to add a bit of curve to the front piece for a unique look. Cut out the traced shape, leaving a little extra space for seam allowance.

3.3 Folding and Gluing the Edges

Now, it's time to fold over the raw edges of the fabric. You can choose to sew or use a hot glue gun to secure the edges. If using a hot glue gun, be careful not to let the fabric curl up. Glue all the edges, except for the ones where the ties will be.

3.4 Tying the Bottoms Together

Once the edges are secured, put the swimsuit bottoms on the doll and tie up the sides. Trim the excess on the ties for a neater look. The tied bottoms add a charming detail to the swimsuit.

3.5 Making the Top

For the top, cut out a long strip of fabric around an inch in width. Taper the end, so it narrows out to a thin strip. Glue the raw edges or fold and sew them for a clean finish. Tie the two ends in front of the doll, creating a stylish top.

3.6 Creating a Cut or Adding Wire (optional)

If you want to add a unique touch to your swimsuit, you can create a small cut on the top for a peekaboo effect. Alternatively, you can enhance the structure of the cut by gluing a wire along the slit. This will give the cut a sturdy and polished look.

Alternate Style for the Original Swimsuit

If you want to give an entirely new look to your doll's original swimsuit, you can crisscross the straps in the front and tie them at the back of the neck. This simple adjustment can transform the swimsuit into a trendy two-piece.


By following this tutorial, you can create adorable and fashionable swimsuits for your Barbie dolls. Remember to let your creativity shine through by selecting unique fabrics and adding personal touches. So go ahead and have fun dressing up your dolls for the summer season!


Q: Can I make these swimsuits without a hot glue gun?

A: Absolutely! Instead of hot glue, you can use a needle and thread or fabric glue to secure the edges for a more durable finish.

Q: Where can I find the fabric scraps?

A: You can search for fabric scraps at local craft stores or repurpose old bathing suits to make the swimsuits.

Q: Are these swimsuits suitable for other doll sizes?

A: The tutorial is specifically tailored for Barbie dolls, but you can adjust the measurements and techniques to fit other doll sizes as well.

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