#Etsy’s Peggysprozac Shares Her Knowledge of #CyberSafety @ ChellyWood.com #crafty

Last week I posted an interview with Peggy, of the Etsy store called Peggysprozac (that’s pronounced, “Peggy’s Prozac,” not Peggy Spro-Zac), and she really offered some great tips on the topics of sewing machines, embroidery machines, and sewing doll clothes with sports team themes. To see that interview, please visit this link.   But there’s one heck of a story behind Peggy’s store’s name. It … Continue reading #Etsy’s Peggysprozac Shares Her Knowledge of #CyberSafety @ ChellyWood.com #crafty

Image of a black-and-pink reversible apron and a black-and-pink reversible salon smock for dolls, along with a plastic salon chair.

#Sweepstakes @ ChellyWood.com: Salon Smock & Apron Fit #Barbies, LivDolls, and Other #FashionDolls

I am giving away this salon set to one winner! Take a look at the pic, then scroll down for the contest instructions: Like I did with previous sweepstakes giveaways, I’ll post patterns and tutorials for making the salon apron and hairdresser’s smock after the sweepstakes is over and these prizes have been delivered to their new owner. So are you ready to win these?!? Here are the instructions: Just in time … Continue reading #Sweepstakes @ ChellyWood.com: Salon Smock & Apron Fit #Barbies, LivDolls, and Other #FashionDolls

Image of doll wearing Kjolsäcken (a Swedish pocket-purse) with overlapping words: "Make a doll 'pocket' purse (Kjolsäcken)"

#DIY Swedish Kjolsäcken for 18″ #Dolls Like #AGdolls @ ChellyWood.com

To find the free pattern shown in this video, please visit my Doll Clothes Patterns page.  Scroll down to the 18-Inch Doll Clothes heading and download Pattern D. The Kjolsäcken (pocket-purse) is part of my Swedish Traditional Costume for 18″ dolls like American Girl dolls and similar-sized dolls. If you ever have trouble printing sewing patterns, please have a look at How to Print Downloaded Patterns. This video shows you, step … Continue reading #DIY Swedish Kjolsäcken for 18″ #Dolls Like #AGdolls @ ChellyWood.com

Image of 18-inch doll wearing a Traditional Swedish costume, along with patterns to make parts of that costume, including a Swedish traditional pocket purse.

Sew a “Pocket” Purse for Dolls in the Style of #Leksand #Dalarna #Sweden @ ChellyWood.com

  Here’s Pattern D for the Swedish Traditional Costume that’s designed to fit 18″ dolls like American Girl dolls and their look-alikes. You might recognize this post, as it’s a re-post from two weeks ago. I just wanted to make it easy to find Pattern D, which is the one you’ll need for creating the “Pocket” purse I’m making this week. Later on, I’ll show … Continue reading Sew a “Pocket” Purse for Dolls in the Style of #Leksand #Dalarna #Sweden @ ChellyWood.com

#Cheerleader and #SchoolSports Doll Uniforms and #Sewing Advice from “Peggy’s Prozac” @ ChellyWood.com

Peggy, from the Etsy store Peggysprozac, makes some amazing cheerleader uniforms and school sports gear for American Girl-sized dolls, as you can see by the beautiful photo accompanying this post. I interviewed her recently and wanted to share some of her helpful advice on sewing athletic gear for dolls, machine embroidery, recycling fabric, and goal-setting. Here’s the interview I did with Peggy for your perusal:   … Continue reading #Cheerleader and #SchoolSports Doll Uniforms and #Sewing Advice from “Peggy’s Prozac” @ ChellyWood.com

Visual includes two embroidery spools with thread on them; words say, "How to keep embroidery floss from tangling."

How to Keep #Embroidery Floss From Tangling @ ChellyWood.com #Needlework #Stitchery

Yes, those of you who already love to embroider will think this is ridiculously simple, but for a person just learning to embroider, the tangling of embroidery floss can be very frustrating. This is the simple solution to that problem. Remember that my embroidery tutorial series is leading up to the creation of the Swedish pocket-purse. While you wait for the Swedish pocket-purse tutorial, if … Continue reading How to Keep #Embroidery Floss From Tangling @ ChellyWood.com #Needlework #Stitchery

This image shows a spool of thread with a needle stuck in it. The overlay says, "How to knot when sewing" and the background shows silver swirls with pink flowers and tan leaves. This is the header for a video tutorial showing people how to make a knot with a needle and thread when you're sewing by hand or doing embroidery. This tutorial video can be found at ChellyWood.com.

How to Tie a Knot Using a Needle and Thread @ ChellyWood.com #Sewing #KidCrafts #crafty

Like yesterday’s tutorial, this is easy-peasy for those folks who sew all the time, but this week I’m introducing the basics for hand-stitched embroidery. Tying knots is essential stuff! Usually, though, when I’m doing embroidery, I don’t dip the needle into the fabric like it shows in the video; instead, I dip the needle into a stitch that’s on the underside of the design… then … Continue reading How to Tie a Knot Using a Needle and Thread @ ChellyWood.com #Sewing #KidCrafts #crafty

Image of embroidered daisy on red felt. Overlapping words say, "How to put fabric into embroidery hoops."

How to Put #Fabric Into an #Embroidery Hoop @ ChellyWood.com #Stitchery

Well here’s the first of my embroidery tutorials. We’ll need to know how to put our felt into an embroidery hoop before we start stitching embroidered designs our pocket-purse! If you’re an expert embroiderer, this is old hat, but for the newbie, it’s essential information. So for those of you who are already good at embroidery, please be patient while I set things up for … Continue reading How to Put #Fabric Into an #Embroidery Hoop @ ChellyWood.com #Stitchery

Image of 18-inch doll wearing traditional Swedish folk costume with enlarged detail of an embroidered "Pocket" purse.

Create a Swedish “Pocket” Purse for Your 18-Inch #Dolls @ ChellyWood.com #Broderie #Felt

In the next two weeks, I’m going to teach you how to make a Swedish purse, which I’m told they call a “pocket” in Sweden. Rather than having a strap that goes over your shoulder, these pocket-purses wrap around your waist, like a belt. However it would be easy to alter the pattern to include a shoulder strap if you like.   But one of … Continue reading Create a Swedish “Pocket” Purse for Your 18-Inch #Dolls @ ChellyWood.com #Broderie #Felt

Image of spool of grey thread with needle through it. Overlay says, "Basic Sewing Stitch Tutorial"

Teach a Child to Hand #Sew With this Easy Straight-Stitch #DIY #Tutorial @ ChellyWood.com

I’ve had a few requests for videos demonstrating some of the most fundamental concepts in sewing. For example, perhaps you’ve seen my video that shows “How to Sew a Snap on Fabric“. The video below is another basic tutorial, showing people how to sew a straight stitch. This would be an ideal video for teaching a young child how to sew by hand. If you like my … Continue reading Teach a Child to Hand #Sew With this Easy Straight-Stitch #DIY #Tutorial @ ChellyWood.com

Image of orange felt with black whip stitch overlaid by the words "How to hem a garment by hand using the whip stitch"

How to Whip Stitch a Hem @ ChellyWood.com #embroidery #sewing #crafts

Occasionally people who are new to sewing ask me questions that are old-hat to those of us who are long-time seamstresses. One question I was recently asked is, “How do you hem a garment without a sewing machine?” I use the whip stitch to hem most of my garments. It’s a fairly easy stitch, and it creates a nearly invisible hem. Here’s how it’s done: … Continue reading How to Whip Stitch a Hem @ ChellyWood.com #embroidery #sewing #crafts

On the associated page, at chellyWood.com, you'll find a free printable PDF sewing pattern for an apron to fit 18 inch dolls. ChellyWood.com is best known for offering free printable sewing sewing patterns for doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and sizes.

FREE, Printable #AGdoll #Apron Pattern and Easy-to-Follow Tutorial @ ChellyWood.com #Dollstagram

To make this apron, simply download FREE Patterns B & G from my “Doll Clothes Patterns” page. (Scroll to the bottom to find them.) The apron is part of my Swedish Traditional Costume for 18″ dolls like American Girl dolls and similar-sized dolls. Here’s a link to the “Whip Stitch Tutorial” that’s mentioned in the video. I’ll re-post that tutorial tomorrow, just to make it easy … Continue reading FREE, Printable #AGdoll #Apron Pattern and Easy-to-Follow Tutorial @ ChellyWood.com #Dollstagram