Do you remember those hard-side, round suitcases that women used to carry in the 60’s and 70’s? They were used as overnight bags, hat boxes and they even had a version you could carry as a purse. It’s easy to make those stylish suitcases for a Barbie doll when you use a couple of soda lids.
Use two of the 3-liter pop bottle lids to make the round suitcase for Barbie. Choose the design you want to make on the outside of the carryall. Cut a picture from a magazine, a piece of fabric, a piece of scrapbook paper or something similar by setting one of the lids on the material and drawing around it. Do this twice then cut out the circles. Glue one on each lid, on the flat side.
Cover the sides of the lids with a different material. It can be colored tape, velvet ribbon, flat lace, fabric or paper. Cut a strip for each lid and glue it around the sides. It’s important that the seams of each of these end up in the same exact place on the lids. When the two lids come together to make the suitcase the two seams should be in perfect alignment. Glue the material around one of the lids and set it aside for the moment. As you glue the material around the second lid, poke two small holes in it. Cut a small piece of twine or yarn and push the ends through the holes. Now glue the rest of the material around the lid, making sure the ends of the twine get pushed into the glue, beneath the material. This forms the handle for the suitcase. The handle should be exactly opposite the sides of the lids that have the seams.
Cut a short piece of narrow ribbon and glue one end of it inside one of the lids. Place the ribbon on the side of the lid that has the seam. Set the second lid beside the first one, align the seams, and glue the loose end of the ribbon inside the second lid. This piece of ribbon serves as a hinge for the two soda lids.
Make a fastener for the Barbie doll suitcase by using a tiny bead. Glue it on, cut a tiny piece of stretch cord, and glue it on the opposite side. Simply stretch the tiny loop over the bead to close the suitcase.
Barbie is already a very stylish doll, and with her new suitcase, she can have a retro look to die for! Use larger lids, like those from medicine bottles, to make a larger suitcase, then make a smaller one by using 2-liter lids. Then she’ll have a complete set!