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 aleksandrajones!

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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!  aleksandrajones 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 aleksandrajones, 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 aleksandrajones Team :^)

 

 

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100 Comments

Ann
Ann

July 26, 2021

My favorite beach to visit is South Padre Island in Texas!

Maria L
Maria L

July 25, 2021

When my oldest children were young, we used to go to Ancon in Lima Peru for the summer. Now that we live in NY, we go to any beach near by

Cath
Cath

July 25, 2021

Myrtle Beach. We stay at a huge campground at Surfside and I love to get up before everybody and walk to town and back in the surf.

Allison T
Allison T

July 25, 2021

Myrtle Beach would be my pick!

Debbie
Debbie

July 24, 2021

My fave is DrakeS Bay in northern California. The water is too cold to swim there, but there are little rock jettys that are half on the beach and half in the water. They are about 30 inches tall and flat and full of little pools that support enemonies and little crabs and such. They are each a little biome of life and so beauriful. The beach itself is lovely for playing, and singing around bonfires.

Kathi M
Kathi M

July 24, 2021

My favorite trip to the beach is when we went to cabbage key by boat, just to get a hamburger.what fun!

designdreamer
designdreamer

July 23, 2021

I love any beach in the Caribbean!

Julie
Julie

July 23, 2021

We once visited Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, Oregon. It was phenomenal and would love to visit there again!

Sharon
Sharon

July 23, 2021

Love them all, Clearwater Beach is awesome!

Angie Becker
Angie Becker

July 23, 2021

My favorite is Oval Beach, Lake Michigan.

Lorraine M
Lorraine M

July 23, 2021

My favorite Beach is Parlee Beach Provincial Park. It is located in Pointe-Du-Chene and Shediac in New Brunswick, Canada. It has the warmest salt water in all of Canada, many activities and shore birds and waterfowl, camp grounds and trails to explore. I love all the sand castles and beachcombing! Summer is the BEST!

Rebekah
Rebekah

July 23, 2021

Any beach in northern Michigan where I can search for Petoskey stones! ;)

Ellie L
Ellie L

July 23, 2021

Anywhere on the Oregon coast!

Marla
Marla

July 23, 2021

My favourite beach is Pike Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada

Andrea
Andrea

July 23, 2021

My favorite is Myrtle Beach in SC! I get cold super easily so warm coastal waters are my preference.

Colleen
Colleen

July 23, 2021

My favorite beach is the closest one, visited with friends!

shirley
shirley

July 23, 2021

My favorite beach is Mayport Beach in Florida. My husband retired from NAS Jacksonville and we spent a lot of time at the beach when our kids were young.

bev Hiler
bev Hiler

July 23, 2021

My favorite Beach is Lincoln City in Oregon. Love the beach.

Marsha
Marsha

July 23, 2021

My favorite beach is Myrtle Beach in SC.

Sandra L.
Sandra L.

July 23, 2021

I am not a summer person nor a beach person but ironically fate has me living 5 blocks from the beach in gorgeous Victorian Cape May, NJ. Our tiny city is known for being the oldest resort town. I will walk on our beaches late at night or before the sun rises though I will not go in the ocean. I would like to go back to Jones Beach, NY.

Carol Fox
Carol Fox

July 23, 2021

My favorite beach is Sammara Beach in Costa Rica.

Lesley from NE
Lesley from NE

July 23, 2021

My favorite beach is on Amelia Island if FL.

Carole
Carole

July 23, 2021

Sandy Beach on Kelly’s Island in Lake Erie. We spent most of our summers there, earning me the nickname “Pinky” because I was sunburned all summer, never tanned. This was before we knew this could cause skin cancer, of course. But it was a wonderful way to grow up.

Susi
Susi

July 23, 2021

I like Hilton Head beach in SC.

Brenda
Brenda

July 23, 2021

My favorite beach is Wasaga beach. In Ontario Canada. A beautiful long stretch of sand and shallow water.

Regan
Regan

July 22, 2021

The beaches on the Olympic Peninsula are lovely!

Ethel
Ethel

July 22, 2021

Gulf Shores Beach in Gulf Shores Alabama. They have lots of things for you to do while you are there.

Annlee
Annlee

July 22, 2021

Whites Beach because it is close to me.

Sue
Sue

July 22, 2021

Sylvan Lake in Alberta Canada has a lovely beach and the only inland lighthouse in Canada.

Danielle
Danielle

July 22, 2021

Our favorite beach is Bathtub Reef Beach in Stuart FL. It’s an awesome little beach with calm waves and sandbars don’t have to worry about rough surf.

Julia
Julia

July 22, 2021

My favorite beach is Agate Beach in far northern CA. It’s a beautiful beach of polished stones. But also, so many great family memories.

Barb
Barb

July 22, 2021

Lake Michigan – it’s across the street and down the hill from our home ; D

Karen
Karen

July 22, 2021

Oregon Coast beaches!

Mary
Mary

July 22, 2021

Waikiki in Hawaii. Love the sunsets. too!

kathy m
kathy m

July 22, 2021

my favorite beach is Ventura beach and long walks on pier

Dawn
Dawn

July 22, 2021

Any Caribbean beach will do just fine!!

c
c

July 22, 2021

Fort Walton Beach!

candy
candy

July 22, 2021

Cape Kiwanda on the Oregon Coast. Beautiful views.

Melody
Melody

July 22, 2021

We have only been to two beaches in our lifetime, but we dream about going back to one. St. Augustine, Florida. It is a quiet, beautiful stretch of white sand beach where the Atlantic Ocean takes your breath away.

Dorothy
Dorothy

July 22, 2021

I love the Florida beaches. My favorite is Fort Walton Beach. I is where my daughter lives, I love to go visit.

Sue
Sue

July 22, 2021

I love the Oregon coast, Rockaway Beach is probably my favorite!

Patricia
Patricia

July 22, 2021

Clearwater Beach in Florida, white sand, dolphins and sea shells :)

Sam
Sam

July 22, 2021

I don’t go to the beach that often, so I really don’t have a favorite

PAM
PAM

July 22, 2021

My favorite beach to visit is School Beach on Washington Island. The beach is covered with all perfectly smooth stones and feels so good to walk on them.

Sharon
Sharon

July 22, 2021

I like the ones in the Corpus Christi, TX area.

Marie
Marie

July 22, 2021

I took my kids very often to a beach at a friends lot on Little Sebago Lake in Gray Maine. It was very private!! There were 3 other camps and an island further down the beach and we rarely saw those people. We drove by my friends beach in the last couple of yrs and there are a lot of camps now and it looks crowded. I laid on the dock and watched the kids play. To be sure of NO sunburns every half hour I called out “shirts on or shirts off”!! I didn’t want to ruin the summer fun with sore skin!! I hope they always had fun!!

Marie
Marie

July 22, 2021

I took my kids very often to a beach at a friends lot on Little Sebago Lake in Gray Maine. It was very private!! There were 3 other camps and an island further down the beach and we rarely saw those people. We drove by my friends beach in the last couple of yrs and there are a lot of camps now and it looks crowded. I laid on the dock and watched the kids play. To be sure of NO sunburns every half hour I called out “shirts on or shirts off”!! I didn’t want to ruin the summer fun with sore skin!! I hope they always had fun!!

Tatum
Tatum

July 22, 2021

Any of the white sand beaches in FL!

Sandra Meese
Sandra Meese

July 22, 2021

Beaches in San Diego California! Any beach in winter would be nice since I live in Nebraska!!

Amy B
Amy B

July 22, 2021

My husband and I are not really beach goers, but our kids love the beach. Since we live in Virginia, we have multiple choices of where to go, and usually choose Sand-bridge as it is more family oriented and swim suits tend to be a bit more modest than those at Virginia Beach.

William
William

July 22, 2021

The gray granite rocks off Thompson Point in Maine was my favorite.

Kelly
Kelly

July 22, 2021

La Jolla Beach in Southern California. I love to sit on the cliff above the beach and watch the sunset. The colors of the sky and water are unique every day. I went there on my honeymoon. It was a perfect day.

Janet
Janet

July 22, 2021

Governor Nelson State Park’s beach is my favorite

Bettie
Bettie

July 22, 2021

I live in Viginia, so Virginia beach is the greatest choice. Beautiful sandy beach.

Lorraine Walach
Lorraine Walach

July 22, 2021

My favorite beach is Charlestown breachway Rhode Island

Debi
Debi

July 22, 2021

The state park at Myrtle Beach, SC.

Debi
Debi

July 22, 2021

The State Park in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Debi
Debi

July 22, 2021

The State Park in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Debi
Debi

July 22, 2021

The State Park in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Beatrice
Beatrice

July 22, 2021

Freshwater West near Castlemartin, Pembrokeshire, Wales. Beautiful rocks ❤

Ali
Ali

July 21, 2021

There are so many nice ones, it’s hard to decide. I have fond memories of a beach on Lake Winnipesaukee, NH many years ago as a child. I especially like lakes with sandy beaches and shady areas nearby.

Marietta
Marietta

July 21, 2021

Fort Lauderdale, Florida “where the boys are” Voted in the Top Ten of beaches of the world.

Emily H.
Emily H.

July 21, 2021

My favorite beach is Fogarty Beach at Fogarty Creek Park near Depoe Bay, Oregon. My second favorite beach is on the Long Beach Peninsula in Washington state.

DellaSue Sheline
DellaSue Sheline

July 21, 2021

The beach I like beach best is Half Moon Cay, Holland American’s private island!

Judy
Judy

July 21, 2021

My favorite beach is Seapoint, on Gerrish Island in Kittery Point Maine. My dolls love it there!

Sandy
Sandy

July 21, 2021

My favorite beach is the one in my hometown McKellar beach. It is very quaint and the lake is clean. Been known on a hot evening to take the kids down before bed to have a quick swim to cool off before bedtime

Cynthia W.
Cynthia W.

July 21, 2021

I don’t really have a favorite beach, but the one with the most memories is Virginia Beach. My grandparents lived in Norfolk, so we would always go to Virginia Beach before heading back to New York State every summer.

Karen
Karen

July 21, 2021

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush! My favorite beach to visit is Presque Isle on Lake Erie. It’s two hours away,and that means we can go for a wonderful day at the beach, and get home the same day.

Laurie
Laurie

July 21, 2021

Since I haven’t been to too many beaches I really don’t have a favorite. However, family members live near West Palm Beach so that’s my favorite.

Kathleen A
Kathleen A

July 21, 2021

I love any beach with white sand! I’m not sure what they are called now…but Barbados has some really beautiful ones!

Nancy S.
Nancy S.

July 21, 2021

My favorite beach to visit is the one right in my front yard! We live on a private lake in Southern Michigan, and have access to the lake in all kinds of weather. It’s a lovely view, and not far to travel. We even were able to go during COVID!

Peggy
Peggy

July 21, 2021

The Seven Mile Beach in the Bahama’s. Such a gorgeous place. You can still see your feet in water up to your neck. Can not wait to go back. 🤗

Theresa Pasquale
Theresa Pasquale

July 21, 2021

We love Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina! Thank you for all your wonderful patterns and ideas!!

Betty Soderberg
Betty Soderberg

July 21, 2021

The beach at Eagle Nest Resort

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

July 21, 2021

I’m in Florida, so lots of great destinations. Orange Beach, AL & Biloxi, MS are more of my favs.

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Heidi1222@verizon.net

July 21, 2021

I love Sanibel beach!!!

Maxine
Maxine

July 21, 2021

Cottonwood Beach on the Columbia River

Maxine
Maxine

July 21, 2021

Cottonwood Beach on the Columbia River

Holly
Holly

July 21, 2021

PA girl here. Nearest beaches are across the Jersey borders so yes, like the show, we go to the shore. Usually Atlantic City.

Maureen Will
Maureen Will

July 21, 2021

My favorite beach is Kitsilano Beach~Vancouver,BC ~ clean sandy shores, also has a pool?

Debra Tarbox
Debra Tarbox

July 21, 2021

My favorite beach is Clearwater Beach in Florida, There is a lot of vendors selling their merchandise and people performing acts. Also, you can sit at a restaurant eating dinner and watch the sunset.

Emily
Emily

July 21, 2021

My favorite beach is Lake Lida, Pelican Rapids, MN. I’ve been going there since I was born and now I bring my kids!

Emily
Emily

July 21, 2021

My favorite beach is Lake Lida, Pelican Rapids, MN. I’ve been going there since I was born and now I bring my kids!

Deborah D
Deborah D

July 21, 2021

I love Pensacola Beach in Florida.

Tanya
Tanya

July 21, 2021

My favorite beaches were in Hawaii. The beaches on each island are different just as each island is different. Unbelievably beautiful!!!

Tanya
Tanya

July 21, 2021

My favorite beaches were in Hawaii. The beaches on each island are different just as each island is different. Unbelievably beautiful!!!

Hélène Dahl
Hélène Dahl

July 21, 2021

I am not one for the beach, but the dolls are all for it! So I had to make then bathing suits, floaties, and pool rafts when they use the pool instead of going to the beach.

Doreen
Doreen

July 21, 2021

Old Woman Bay on Lake Superior on the Canadian side. Looks like the ocean. Love it!

Sandra
Sandra

July 21, 2021

any sandy beach

Cathy
Cathy

July 21, 2021

My favorite beaches are right here in Michigan. So many choices. Never far from any beach.

Donna Leddy
Donna Leddy

July 21, 2021

Kai Iwi beach in New Zealand.

Ruth Ann
Ruth Ann

July 21, 2021

Most any Cape Cod beach!

Linda
Linda

July 21, 2021

I love Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman. My daughter lived there for seven years so we explored all of Grand Caymans lovely beaches.

Trudy
Trudy

July 21, 2021

My favorite beach is Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, California

Leslie Ziminsky
Leslie Ziminsky

July 21, 2021

Hanalei Beach on the north side of Kauai where South Pacific was filmed!

Amberlee
Amberlee

July 21, 2021

Absolutely love Chincoteague for the ocean beach and Lake Michigan or any of the smaller beaches in Northern MI area.

Donna Sherry
Donna Sherry

July 21, 2021

Since I live in British Columbia my favourite beach is Departure Bay on Vancouver Island

Linda
Linda

July 21, 2021

I love Florida ’s Destin Beach so pretty!! Thanks

Kathi
Kathi

July 21, 2021

Any beach in San Diego that isn’t too crowded!!

Shelley
Shelley

July 21, 2021

My favourite beach is Honeymoon Island in Pinellas County, Fl. Beautiful white sand.

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