What to buy a #teenager for #Christmas? Why buy, when you can #DIY?

Image shows a very large pillow made of felt. It is designed to look like the retro Instagram logo.
Image: ChellyWood.com

For the rest of this week, I’m going to focus my blog posts on helping you create this adorable Instagram pillow. I made this for an adult cousin of mine, who loves to use Instagram. She really liked it!

If you are wondering what to buy a young adult or teenager for Christmas, why buy? You can DIY!

This week I’ll post my free patterns and tutorial for making this pillow. If I remember right, I was able to sew the entire thing on a Saturday afternoon. It’s that easy!


If you’re searching for something different, have a look at the Gallery Page. That’s the easiest way to search through all of my patterns to find what you want. Each image on the Gallery Page takes you to links for patterns and tutorials.


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

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 visit the Lammily website to see what they’ve got going on.

I’ve also got a series 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 gather fabric, how to use the whipstitch to hem a garment, how to sew on snaps, and even how to design your own doll clothes patterns, just like I do!

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