July 20, 2021

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Top 10 Beach Essentials For Your Dolls Next Trip To The Shore

Summertime is full of hot days, and there’s no better place to cool off than the beach!  We’ve rounded up the top ten beach essentials that your doll will need for next time you head to the shore. For more summertime trends, be sure to check out the Summer Swimsuit Trends post on Pixie Faire!

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 Ok, here is our top 10 Beach Essentials List:

1. Swimsuit

The first beach essential is, of course, a swimsuit.  Whether your doll is just sunbathing or splashing in the waves, she’ll need a swimsuit!  Pixie Faire offers a wide variety of swimsuit patterns for all different doll sizes, but check out these ones for starters:

Aloha Vintage Swimsuit

Splash Back to the 1980s Swimsuit

Swimsuit Variations For 18-inch Dolls or 14-15" Dolls

  

 

2. Cover-Up

When your doll is done soaking up the sun or frolicking in the water she’ll need a cover-up! Try one of these cute patterns or mix things up with this super cute Carnaby St. Cover-up pattern hack.

Crochet Swim Cover

Beach Cover Up

Summer Fun Cover-Up

  

 

3. Floppy Beach Hat

Beaches are notoriously sunny places, so it’s important that your doll brings a hat to keep her safe from the sun’s harmful rays.  There are plenty of hat patterns available on Pixie Faire, but give these patterns a gander first:

Atta-Girl Baseball/Softball Cap 18in

Phoebe Hat

Three Straw Hats

  

 

4. Sandals

 

When the sand is hot from the sun, your doll will need a good pair of shoes to protect her feet! Try a cute pair of sandals, jelly flats or crocheted slip-ons to keep your feet cool!

Dollistocks

No-Sew Foam Boardwalk Sandals

No-Sew Janes Slip-on Shoes

  

 

5. Beach Tote

Beach totes are a definite must when spending the day at the beach.  You can pack these bags with sunglasses, snacks, and magazines to fill your doll’s beach day with fun!

Beach Tote Crochet

Megan Deck Beach Tote

DIY Summer Totes For Dolls

  

 

6. The Perfect Towel

Towels are wonderful for lounging in the sand and useful for drying off, making them yet another beach essential. Need something a bit bigger? Try the Watermelon Picnic Quilt and create a hangout zone for all her friends too!

Pool Party Collection Beach Towels 18in

Palmettoo Swimsuit Cover Up and Towel

Watermelon Picnic Quilt

  

 

7. Floaties For All

Floaties are the most wonderful way to relax in water without getting too wet and there are so many fun types of floaties to make!

Fun-Flateable Pool Birds 18in

Swim Rings 18in

Life Jacket 18in

  

 

8. Somewhere to Sit

When your doll is done playing in the waves or in the sand make sure she has a comfy place to lounge about and relax. Maybe it's time to use your craft skills and make a no-sew doll hammock using popsicle sticks! Try these crafty patterns too:

Pool Party Collection Chaise Lounge Chair

Basic Beach Chair

Island Breeze Hammock

  

 

9.  Cooler

What is a beach trip without an ice-cold soda or water?  This cooler pattern is the perfect way to make sure your doll’s refreshments stay ice-cold and if you have something smaller try the single serve lunch bag too! If you have a big group, you might need something even bigger to transport it all, try the Little Red Wagon!

Soft-Sided Cooler

My Lunch Bag

Little Red Wagon

   

 

10.  Volleyball Net

Finally, what could be a more iconic beach game to play than volleyball? This crafty pattern project is easy to follow and makes a cute summer activity set for your 18-inch dolls. Try the Rashguard and Boy shorts, or the Gotchies patterns to sew a few matching beach volleyball uniforms too!

2-in-1 Volleyball/Tennis Net System

Rashguard and Boy Shorts

Gotchies 

  

 

 

 

We’d love to hear from you and see what combinations you will create for your dolls ultimate beach day! If you make something and share photos online, we'd love to see them! Use #pixiefaire when posting on Instagram or add your photos directly to our Inspiration Gallery for all to see!  

Thanks, everyone!

--The Pixie Faire Team :^)

 

 

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100 Comments

Jolee Sendelbach
Jolee Sendelbach

July 21, 2021

We love to go to Carolina beach because it is the closest beach. We can just pack up and go for the day , so we don’t have to make reservations anywhere in advance and can just pick the nicest days to go.

T
T

July 21, 2021

The beaches in San Diego. I visited a friend for a week when she was a student at ucsd and she literally lived a 10 minute walk from the beach. The water is so relaxing to listen to and even in the winter, it is nice to walk near the waves.

Rachel
Rachel

July 21, 2021

a Minnesota lake beach!

Mary
Mary

July 21, 2021

Myrtle Beach, SC where I’ve lived for 13 years!

Sharon
Sharon

July 21, 2021

My favorite beach is Caliton Beach at Río San Juan Dominican Republic. Golden sand , snorkeling , and sun.

Sonja
Sonja

July 21, 2021

Panama City, Florida! The beaches there are so white and clean, it’s like walking on sugar. The only drawback is having to wear tons of sunscreen to stop sunburn.

Marian Peoples
Marian Peoples

July 21, 2021

I love all beaches! My most frequently visited beach would be the Gulf beaches of Florida and Alabama, but I did enjoy those in Hawaii and on the Mediterranean. Each so different and lovely!

Gail Beam
Gail Beam

July 21, 2021

I don’t have a favorite beach, a I have lived most of my life in the midwest

Nanette Seale
Nanette Seale

July 21, 2021

My favorite beach is in Hilo, Hawaii.

S
S

July 21, 2021

I’ve only been to two different beaches in my life, and I don’t remember what they’re called. :(

Mary Lisa Foshay
Mary Lisa Foshay

July 21, 2021

Virginia Beach. It is only 4 miles from my house

Teresa
Teresa

July 21, 2021

Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Alabama

Peggy
Peggy

July 21, 2021

My favorite beach is Redondo Beach where I grew up. Because we lived close to the beach, I would go nearly every day. I would not change my childhood of body surfing, riding my bike on the strand, or visiting the friends who lived in quaint beach cottages, now gone, for the world.

Peggy
Peggy

July 21, 2021

My favorite beach is Redondo Beach, CA where I grew up. I lived close and went to the beach almost every day, rode my bike on the strand, and walked on the strand in Fall air. Would not trade my childhood on the beach for the world.

Carmelita
Carmelita

July 21, 2021

Lincoln City, Oregon

Stephanie Gines
Stephanie Gines

July 21, 2021

My favorite spot is Cocoa Beach in Florida.

Summer
Summer

July 21, 2021

Oregon coast.

Heidi
Heidi

July 21, 2021

Oregon coast.

Shasta
Shasta

July 21, 2021

Oregon coast.

Cindy
Cindy

July 21, 2021

Probably Oregon coast.

Amy
Amy

July 21, 2021

Maybe Oregon coast.

Marion
Marion

July 21, 2021

I don’t have a favorite beach.
Marion

Bridgette
Bridgette

July 21, 2021

Oregon coast.

Bridgette
Bridgette

July 21, 2021

Pacific City Oregon!

Shaphan
Shaphan

July 21, 2021

My favorite is Caribbean Beach resort at Disney. Not technically a beach… but I don’t live anywhere near the shore and don’t get a lot of beach time. Disney has given me some of my greatest memories. 😊

Feriba
Feriba

July 21, 2021

My all time favorite beach is Santa Rosa Beach in Florida

Barbara
Barbara

July 21, 2021

My favourite beach is Accra Beach on the south coast of Barbados, W.I. White sand and turquoise blue Atlantic waters.

Renee B
Renee B

July 21, 2021

One of my best memories was swimming in a bay on Lake Huron. Very nice big sandy beach and gradual slope into water. No sharks or jelly fish! Haha. Being part of the Great Lakes around Michigan.

Linda
Linda

July 21, 2021

My favorite beach is City beach at Clear Lake, Iowa

Pat
Pat

July 21, 2021

Any beach in Hawaii is a favorite beach!

Connie M
Connie M

July 21, 2021

My favorite beach is just yards from our house, Kentucky Lake.

Thresea
Thresea

July 21, 2021

I live on a farm in a small community. There is a chain of lakes nearby with state park beaches. These are fun for my grandchildren. Not far away with easy access.

Joyce
Joyce

July 21, 2021

My favorite beach is Galveston, Texas!

Leslie Loren
Leslie Loren

July 21, 2021

Double Bluff Beach on Useless Bay, Whidbey Island

Virginia
Virginia

July 21, 2021

Perdido Key, Florida

Joy
Joy

July 21, 2021

Any little beach on the Yuba River, in the CA Sierra Nevada’s. :)

Sue
Sue

July 21, 2021

Presque Isle – Lake Erie

SurS
SurS

July 21, 2021

My favorite beach is Laguna Beach in California. So much to see when you are done with sunbathing.

Florence
Florence

July 21, 2021

I love Indiana Dunes National Park on the shores of Lake Michigan!

Barbara Allen
Barbara Allen

July 21, 2021

Stanhope Beach, Prince Edward Island, Canada. I have many good memories from there.

Brenda R.
Brenda R.

July 21, 2021

Waimea Beach, has to be one of my favorites. Although we no longer live on the island ( Oahu) I remember swimming with sea turtles and dolphins and not really noticing them until getting out of the water, I kind of regret not jumping of the out cropping though like everyone else.

Janet  P.
Janet P.

July 21, 2021

My favorite beach is Silver Sands in Milford Ct – it’s where I spent many Summer days from childhood until a few years ago, when we moved from CT . I sure do miss the gentle waves, wading in the tide pools and at low tide, the long sand bar to Charles Island.
Nancy
Nancy

July 21, 2021

I am lucky enough to live on the Outer Banks of N.C. We have miles and miles of open beaches. Even during the summer months you can find private spots to enjoy.

Linda
Linda

July 21, 2021

All of the sandy beaches on the Michigan side of Lake Michigan — l don’t know the specific names.

Piroska
Piroska

July 21, 2021

My favourite beach is in Okanagan Falls, B.C.—at Skaha Lake.

Linda
Linda

July 21, 2021

My favorite beach is Fernandina Beach in Florida!

Judy Phariss
Judy Phariss

July 21, 2021

My favorite beach will always be Pismo Beach in California. My friends and I spent a lot of time there in the seventies when we could escape from Vandenberg AFB in Lompoc. That was a long time ago but I still think of my friends and the good times we had all up and down the Califorina Coast.

Lisa Abney
Lisa Abney

July 21, 2021

While I live in Florida, Myrtle Beach remains the standard by which all other beaches are measured!

Barbara
Barbara

July 21, 2021

We all love to go to Lake Michigan in Racine, Wisconsin. There is a park, pavilion, volleyball nets and life guards. We always have fun.

Kathy H
Kathy H

July 21, 2021

My favorite is Coronado Beach in California.

Kathleen
Kathleen

July 21, 2021

Near Island beach right off Kodiak Island, Alaska…it actually turns into three small beaches in between the islands with sights of the other small islands, a float plane takeoff, the city of Kodiak, and a sunken ship.

Patricia
Patricia

July 21, 2021

My hometown beach in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Loved the always warm water!

Meg
Meg

July 21, 2021

Any sandy beach free of rocks!

Carola
Carola

July 21, 2021

I’m from landlocked MT but I will near forget my first sight of the ocean at Cannon Beach, OR. A walk to Haystack Rock will always be a favorite.

Christine
Christine

July 21, 2021

My favorite beach to visit is Sand Harbor, NV at Lake Tahoe.

Kathy
Kathy

July 21, 2021

My favorite beach is at Whipple Dam State Park in PA. It’s a smaller beach but a great area.

Linda A C
Linda A C

July 21, 2021

As a child going to stay with my grandma for the summer in the upper peninsula we would stop along the sandy shores of Lake Michigan to have a picnic and play in the lake before we finished our journey to my grandma’s house. Happy memories.

Susan
Susan

July 21, 2021

Glen Eden Beach.

Deanna
Deanna

July 21, 2021

I do not go to any beach

Joanne
Joanne

July 21, 2021

Saylorville Lake beach.

Misty Chapman
Misty Chapman

July 21, 2021

I’m lucky enough to have grown up on the east coast of Canada right on the Bay of Fundy, so had access to lots of beaches and now my kids do too. New River Beach in New Brunswick is one of my favorites to visit, it’s a nice sandy beach that’s perfect for building sand sculptures and the water isn’t too cold to swim in.

Cora
Cora

July 21, 2021

My favorite one is Coco Beach, Fla. It has grown up but still has access to the beach,.

K
K

July 21, 2021

Lake Charloix in Northern Michigan is my favorite.

Jane Whiteley
Jane Whiteley

July 21, 2021

My favorite beach is on Heron Island, in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef…my happy spot!

Cheryl R.
Cheryl R.

July 21, 2021

I live in the middle of the country….very far from any beach. I’ve only been to the ocean once and it was horrible experience. Between getting roasted like a lobster and then jelly fish tenticle bits in the water from a storm the night before and getting stung all over my hips and legs from those…I was sick for days afterwards. So no favorite beach here. LOL

Heather
Heather

July 21, 2021

I love the Boardwalk in California!

Jackie
Jackie

July 21, 2021

I have two favorite beaches to visit – Ocean City, Maryland and Ocean City, New Jersey.

Jackie
Jackie

July 21, 2021

I have two favorite beaches to visit – Ocean City, Maryland and Ocean City, New Jersey.

Maurine
Maurine

July 21, 2021

All the beaches in Southern California are awesome. I grew up going to Moonlight Beach every week-end and loved it.

June
June

July 21, 2021

I love the white sands of Destin.

Christie
Christie

July 21, 2021

My favourite beach is called Grayton Beach. It is on the coast of the Florida Panhandle and it is relatively unspoiled. The dunes are beautiful and sometimes you can see dolphins in the distance!

Kat
Kat

July 21, 2021

My favorite beach is in front of our cottage on Lake Huron, MI. It is sugar sand and very scenic.

Cassandra
Cassandra

July 21, 2021

There are so many beautiful beaches it is hard to chose one. I love little hidden beaches which can be found when tramping in NZ where I grew up. In the US I love the warm air and views of the Hawaiian beaches.

J.J. Goody
J.J. Goody

July 21, 2021

Newport, Oregon

Maureen
Maureen

July 21, 2021

I love Bay Beach in Green Bay WI!

m
m

July 21, 2021

beaches in Dennis, MA

Doll Lover
Doll Lover

July 21, 2021

My favorite beach is the private one we had near our cottage as children, about 10 miles from Gulf Shores, AL. Sugar white sands, lovely dunes with sea grass waving, and very few other people there. It is now a Reserve area, with no more building allowed there.

Mary Ann
Mary Ann

July 21, 2021

My favorite beach is one that we visited when we were in the Bahamas. The white sand and crystal clear blue water was beautiful.

Elizabeth Murphy
Elizabeth Murphy

July 21, 2021

My favorite beach is Mexico Beach, Florida

Tamara G
Tamara G

July 21, 2021

My favorite beach to visit is any beach in Hawaii! Mostly I daydream about that. :D Here in the Pacific Northwest my all-time favorite is Cannon Beach. It is much closer — and my happy place! It has a bit of everything — great food, art galleries, fun shopping, and course the beautiful beach and haystack rock.

Susan
Susan

July 21, 2021

I love the Santa Cruz California Beach Boardwalk. Lots of fun in the sun with a roller coaster right on the beach!

Heidi
Heidi

July 21, 2021

The beaches on the Oregon coast.

Rabbit
Rabbit

July 21, 2021

I love the hammock. I am not much of a beach person because I am not a fan of sand but I can get into swing above the sand.

Candice Lacy
Candice Lacy

July 21, 2021

My favorite beach to visit is Lighthouse Beach on Sanibel Island. Delnor-Wiggins State Park Beach a little further south is a close second though! 🤞🏻 Hope I win!!!

Marty C.
Marty C.

July 21, 2021

I love Lake Michigan when I lived there. A favorite beach was Silver Beach in St. Joseph, MI. I would go there when I lived in Kalamazoo. Love all of these essentials for the beach!!

Molly
Molly

July 21, 2021

My favorite beach is in Gloucester ME.

Cara
Cara

July 21, 2021

My favoruite beach is Look Out Beach, Plettenberg Bay, South africa. We have a perfect view of the sea and the majestic mountains surrounding it. My piece of heaven.

Sharon B.
Sharon B.

July 21, 2021

Just visited Hilton Head Island in South Carolina this year – loved it!!

Connie
Connie

July 21, 2021

I love Biloxi Beach in Mississippi!

Carol
Carol

July 21, 2021

My favorite beach isn’t amazing to most people, but its the one I grew up at in the small town of Madison, Ohio.

Bee
Bee

July 21, 2021

My favorite beach is the one I see out my window!!

Denny
Denny

July 21, 2021

Favorite beach Playalinda, FL

Susana
Susana

July 21, 2021

I have a wonderful memory of Bora bora beach in Polynesia!

Teresa-Jo
Teresa-Jo

July 21, 2021

My favorite beach is Batchewana Bay, Ontario which is a part of Lake Superior. It lends itself to camping, swimming, boating and fishing. Still clean, cool water
Welcome to Canada eh?!!

sheila
sheila

July 21, 2021

my favorite beach is Ocean City NJ. or Venice Beach CA — 2 ends of the US

Joann Sheeler
Joann Sheeler

July 21, 2021

My favorite beach is Wildwood, New Jersey

Jeri
Jeri

July 21, 2021

I love Lake Michigan so my favorite beach is Silver Beach in St Joseph, Michigan.

Jeannie
Jeannie

July 21, 2021

I love Siesta keys

darlene wummel
darlene wummel

July 21, 2021

The Stoney Beach in oxford Michigan is my favorite beach not over crowded and very soft sand

Leighanne K
Leighanne K

July 21, 2021

I love visiting Hilton Head Beach in South Carolina. However,since I’m in Maryland, I prefer Rehoboth Beach or Dewey Beach to Ocean City (kinda dirty to me, lol)

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