My daughter had a birthday party on Friday. She has known this little girl since they were three and now we just live blocks away so it’s safe to say that they will be friends for the rest of their childhood! Her mom was our Daisy troop leader and since her party included a tea party for their 18 inch dolls I thought a little Brownie outfit would be a perfect gift.
This is it all completed. I put a little crayon there so you can get an idea of the size. I have to admit there is something adorable about minature things. I was trying to figure out how big to make the girl scout cookie boxes and I came across this great Ebay post on doll scale. It’s funny to read becaues 18 in dolls really aren’t to scale, they are called play scale because they aren’t really proportional to a human. So they are either a 1:2 or 1:3 ratio in making them. It’s nice to have that flexibility. The boxes are about 3 inches tall (and ral boxes are about 7.5 inches tall) which puts them right between the two ratios…. I bet you weren’t expecting math in this post! I thought maybe someone had already made a post with a printable for the boxes and that I would be able to print them out, but I couldn’t find any. Here is a link to a sheet with itty bitty boxes that are used for a Girl Scout swap, but I think they would work really well for Barbie Dolls.
I decided to make my own printables and hopefully you’ll have fun with them too. FIrst thing I did was scan in all the boxes. You can see a picture below and then I just made a rectangular prism (more math) fold out shape in photoshop. I’ve drawn in tabs – they are not exact so when you are cutting out your boxes cut your tabs however you would like – those are just guides so you know where to go. Also make sure you print out on cardstock, I’m not sure if they will stand if you just print it out onto regular paper. I only made four of the boxes, but I could make the other 2 boxes if someone has a real need. Also I didn’t make Thanks-A-lots or lemonades because they are in a soft container and I wasn’t quite up to the task of doing that. Please let me know if you do. I also have 6 pictures of each cookie type on the .pdfs. I glued three to thick cardboard and then glued the other three to the other side so that the cookies would cute from either side. It would have been awesome if the back actually looked like the back of the cookie, but they never last long enough in this house for me to take a picture of them. If you are going for the real deal there is this awesome etsy seller that makes the cookies out of bakable clay. They look real, check them out. You can also see in one of the pictures below it helped to take a ruler and make the folds and then fold them back the other way, then I just used regular Elmer’s glue on the tabs and it came together. I did leave the tops open so that I could put the cookies in.
Here are the pdfs for the cookie boxes:
Thin Mint and Peanut Butter Patties (cookieboxes)
Carmel Delights and Shortbreads (cookieboxes2)
I put my pictures in a little out of order. Above are a couple of the makings of the Brownie Uniform. I cut a long rectangle for the skirt and sewed a hem on the top for elastic and hemmed the bottom. It probably would have been cuter with pleats, but it looks neat. Then I made a pattern for the sash. If you want it just let me know I just haven’t scanned it in yet. It was quick to make. I cut out two of the sash shapes and sewed them up on the sides, insided out the material, pressed with an iron and then sewed the bottoms together. I zigzaged the edge so it wouldn’t fray. It would have been nice to topstitch but I was running out of time. The last step was the patches. I have a love hate relationship with Avery tshirt transfers. You can read about my other issue here. I learned this time and knew that I had to peel them off before I could cut them, but for some reason the patches melted a little bit even though I had the protective paper. And that’s it. Let me know if you have any questions or trouble, I will definitely try to help.
It’s finally done. I’m pretty sure I’ve upset a couple of people by taking this long but here is the brownie sash template. I’m not really a template maker so I hope this helps. browniesash
Last year I made this particular little girl a magic set. We bought a hat and I sewed a secret pocket into it to pull little rabbits out of, and we made a cape and painted a dowel to look like a wand. It’s nice to have friends that like homemade gifts.