Barbie World Free Pattern for the Young Feminist in Your Life

“Because Barbie can be anything, women can be anything”.

If you grew up with Barbie, you get it. She’s kind of a big deal!

Sometimes we let our own thinking get in the way of accomplishing BIG things. I wanted to create a simple pattern that would showcase this beautiful collection as a reminder that the hurdles in our life don’t define who we are. We’re all just “figuring it out as we go.”

Empowering Prints

Barbie is a love letter to being yourself. You can go through all sorts of transitions in your life as you try to figure out what you want- and it really helps to have the support of your friends. “Cream Barbie Dolls” is one of my favourite prints of the collection!

Posh Patchwork Free Pattern

Barbie World deserves its very own pattern. I knew it had to be something sophisticated and simple to keep the focus on Barbie. With this free pattern, you could go with a traditional gingham style, or a subtle “basket weave” style as I’ve done here with my pink version.

I incorporated SIX of my favourite Barbie World prints and threw in a Confetti Cotton solid to tame it down a little. All of the fabrics used are listed in the pattern. The Posh Patchwork pattern is a simple and fast make. For backing, I went with a solid minky cuddle in white and the quilting design is called Retro Revolution Echoed. I love the structure it gives the quilt without overpowering the true star, Barbie.

What makes this Patchwork Pattern unique?

There are 4 things you are going to LOVE about it:

1. Strip. Piecing. This means it comes together crazy fast!

2. The size of the squares are designed to fit NINE squares in each WOF strip with only a sliver left over. I love patterns that create minimal waste. 

3. The pattern contains 4 strip set combos that are cut up and rearranged. (Are you seeing the efficiency here?) Once you have all of your strip set piles, it’s just a matter of sewing the rows together to complete a block. This pattern is (1) block repeated 9 times. 

4. The perfect giftable size. At 51″ x 51″, this gift is pretty much for anyone. It works in a nursery, or as a throw at the end of a bed. This is a grow-up-with-you size, so as an adult- it still works as a lap quilt. (And seriously, I kind of think this quilt is for Gen X-ers…. Barbie means something to us!)

Hot Pink Barbie Gingham makes the PERFECT binding. I love how it finishes the look!

Posh Patchwork Layout

The Teal Version

It’s so fresh and striking, I had to make the teal version. This is Strip Set #1.

You will repeat this with all (4) Strip Sets. Take one of each to create a full block:

I know you will love making this for the young feminists in your life! And what about a matching wall hanging?? How adorable is this?? I added corner tabs to the back so it can easily be hung with a wooden dowel. The quilting was done with a pantograph called P.S. I Love you. I think it adds such a lovely texture. Wouldn’t this make a great gift!

Your quilty friend, Karlyn (Charlie Bear Quilts)

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