#DIYprojects for #Kids and #Moms: how to gather a #dolls skirt @ ChellyWood.com

Yesterday I posted the first tutorial video in my “Easy-Sew Projects for Kids” series, showing everyone how to make a dress for Polly Pocket™. One of the steps in making most doll dresses is gathering the fabric. Since it extended the length of my Polly Pocket™ dress-making video, I thought I’d shorten future videos by including this how-to video in the links of future Easy Sew Projects for Kids.

This and future Easy-Sew videos and free patterns will be posted on ChellyWood.com in response to a number of requests I’ve had for exactly that: projects that kids can make (with the help of an adult) in just an hour or two. People must be enjoying the heck out of yesterday’s Easy-Sew Projects for Kids video, because my stats went up a lot!

I do check my stats periodically, but it helps even more to hear from my followers directly. Feel free to leave comments on any or all of my posts.


For those of you who already feel comfortable with the basics, check out my new Gallery Page, where you can pick an outfit for a doll, click on that picture, and the link in the caption will take you to all the free, printable patterns and free tutorials you’ll need to make that outfit.

If you want to see all of my Easy-Sew Projects for Kids as soon as I post them, check out my playlist of tutorials for the beginning sewists on my YouTube channel. It includes video tutorials showing you how to do a basic straight stitch when sewing by hand, how to use the whipstitch to hem a garment, how to sew on snaps, and even how to design your own doll clothes patterns, for those who are new to design and alterations.

Feel free to pinlike, or tweet about my free patterns and tutorials.

Need help printing my patterns? This link will take you to a tutorial showing you how to download my free, printable patterns.

If you’re wondering why I make patterns and tutorials without charging a fee, please visit the “Chelly’s Books” page, and that should explain my general motivations.

And in case you haven’t heard, I have also designed commercial patterns for Lammily LLC. They have some new dolls in their line, including a new male doll, so you might want to visitthe Lammily website to see what they’ve got going on.

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