We’re back with another Plastic Canvas post! I know—didn’t I just write a plastic canvas post? Yes I did. However, in this post, I’m hoping to go into more detail about customizing and making the case look the way you want it to and not just what the pattern calls for, and what better example to use than our….
Frozen Inspired Plastic Canvas Barbie Doll Case!
This case is a work of art if I do say so myself! Like Cinderella’s case (which is shown off by Cinderella in the previous post: Cinderella’s Travel Case), it’s based on the Annie’s Attic “Fashion Doll Travel Case” pattern.
Here is a brief list of materials called for in the Annie’s Attic pattern:
- Seven artist size sheets of 7-count stiff plastic canvas
- Two sheets of 7-count pink plastic canvas (I changed this to light purple
- One sheet of white 7-count plastic canvas
- 36 1/2″ of 1″ wide white nylon strap.
- 2 3/4″ white hook and loop strip (I used plain white velcro)
- Six 5/8″ silver or gold barrel beads (for drawer pulls)
- Six 3/16″ silver or gold round beads (for drawer pulls)
- 4 1/2″ by 6″ mirror (you can use a picture or pretty cardstock)
- White poster board (I skipped this step)
- #16 Tapestry needle.
- Worsted weight yarn
These are the changes I make to the list when creating a case for my dolls:
- Switch out the pink plastic canvas (for the drawers) to whatever color best compliments that case I’m stitching.
- Replace the 6 barrel beads and 6 rounds beads with 6 of whatever bead, button or brad looks cute.
- Replace the mirror with a picture or piece of cardstock.
- Leave out the poster board–except for the fold-out floor.
- Change the colors of yarn used.
First I will address the most obvious part of my travel case customization–the pictures of Anna and Elsa featured on the front and back of the case. Finding a decent Frozen picture to stitch was not easy!
Most are too big or too detailed. The pictures needed to be simple; without a bunch of competing colors. This eliminated most cross-stitch patterns. They just use too many colors. While I think the patterns I ended up using are cross-stitch patterns, they could even be Perler bead patterns? I did so many searches I’ve forgotten exactly what I typed in to find them.
Here are links to the patterns:
They were free on Pinterest. Keep in mind though, that even these patterns don’t fit perfectly and you’ll have to add or remove a stitch here and there to make the picture fit nicely inside the ribbon border.
Velcro attached to small strips of white nylon is used to hold the case closed. To make the closure straps you first sew Velcro to the nylon strips, then sandwich the strips between the outer and inner layers of the case and tack them down with thread (or yarn). When you whip stitch the case together you’ll end up whipstitching through the nylon strap; which further secures it to the case.
Yes, I know I said didn’t want to add any words, but I thought this might be a neat way to dress up the fold out floor–especially when it was up. The fold-out floor is the only area where I used the poster board. If I hadn’t used it the letters would have been against a dark purple background and not able to be seen. The pattern for the letters was another cross-stitch pattern (found again on Pinterest) but the snowflakes are stitched free hand.
Here is the inside of Anna and Elsa’s travel case. While it looks a lot different from the original pattern, all the stitches are the same. Only the color of the yarn is changed.
For the bedroom side I used:
- Light purple yarn
- Dark purple yarn
- Mint green yarn
For the parlor side I tried to duplicate the colors in Arendelle’s castle halls using:
- Maroon yarn
- Cream yarn
- Dark purple yarn
The floors (including the fold out floor) are stitched with dark purple yarn and the ceilings are stitched with cream-colored yarn. I know it looks yellow in the pictures but it’s really cream.
The pattern has you use two different types of beads (barrel and round) for drawer pulls. I simplified this and used six snowflake buttons from Hobby Lobby instead. Except for changing the colors and drawer pulls, I stitched the drawers exactly as the original pattern calls for.
A (little) snowflake chandelier hangs from the parlor ceiling! This snowflake charm is another Hobby Lobby find. I attached the charm to the roof using silver embroidery floss. I avoided plain thread because it snaps to easily and I didn’t want any falling chandeliers!
For the window, I used cardstock that had a snowy scene printed on it. Actually, the cardstock came from a pack of “Frozen” scrapbook paper. This picture is a scene of the ice forest that Anna and Kristoff are seen walking through in the movie.
This is how the sisters travel around. Since I wanted the case to hold two dolls, I didn’t make the extra accessories for Anna and Elsa like I did for Cinderella. When it’s time to go, the floor folds up and is held in place with a piece of Velcro at the top of the case.
Well, that about sums up how I create my doll cases. Hopefully, this will spark ideas for making your own unique doll cases and accessories.