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

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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

Image of 18" doll dressed in Swedish traditional dress with colorful striped apron. Overlay reads, "Sew a Folk Apron to fit 18-inch Dolls.

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

Image of 18-inch doll (looks a lot like American Girl or AG doll) wearing a traditional Swedish costume. Pattern displayed is free to print. Design made by Chelly Wood of ChellyWood.com

Sew an #Apron for #AGdolls and Other #18inchdolls w/ Free Pattern @ ChellyWood.com

This is one of two free patterns you’ll need, to make the colorful, striped apron I’ve designed to fit American Girl dolls, Madame Alexander dolls, and similar-sized (18-inch) dolls. The apron is part of the Swedish Traditional Costume that I designed and posted a picture of in September. All of these patterns are now available to download and print for free on my Doll Clothes … Continue reading Sew an #Apron for #AGdolls and Other #18inchdolls w/ Free Pattern @ ChellyWood.com

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Sew a Collared #Shirt for 18″ #Dolls With FREE Patterns from ChellyWood.com #DIY Tutorial

Last week I gave you Patterns A, C, D, and F for making my long-sleeved, collared dressy shirt with cuffs. This pattern fits 18″ dolls like American Girl dolls and similar-sized dolls. Today I’m posting the video tutorial that shows you how to put it all together. You can find all of my free, printable sewing patterns on this page, and this week I’ll finish … Continue reading Sew a Collared #Shirt for 18″ #Dolls With FREE Patterns from ChellyWood.com #DIY Tutorial