Scroll down for the FAQ’s.
In addition to Frequently Asked Questions, this page offers links to helpful tutorials I’ve made over the years (plus a few tutorials attributed to other sewing bloggers and vloggers), along with a clear explanation of the skills needed for the different levels of my “Difficulty Scale” (available on all patterns since 2016).
Super EASY! = This sewing tutorial and/or pattern uses little or no actual sewing. It may require the use of felt fabric, which doesn’t need to be hemmed. It may use traditional glue, safety pins, or hot glue. If any sewing is involved, it will be a straight stitch only. You will need to know how to print my patterns for super easy projects, but these projects are for absolute beginners, little kids who are learning to sew, and those folks who don’t like to sew at all.
Kind-of Easy = This sewing tutorial and/or pattern will require knowledge of all of the above, plus some of the concepts bulleted below too…
- How to hem a garment using the whipstitch
- How to do a straight stitch
- How to send elastic through a casing
- How to choose fabric
- How to finger-press
- How to thread a needle
- How to tie a knot using a needle and thread
- How to measure a doll
About Average = This sewing tutorial and/or pattern will require knowledge of all of the above bulleted items, in addition to any of the following
- How to sew snaps on fabric
- How to press seams open, using a hot iron
- How to sew sweater fabric
- How to gather fabric
- How to hem a garment using a double-fold hem
- How to do a backstitch
- How to send elastic through a casing
- How to baste
- How to attach notions like lace, rick rack, or ribbon as a basic trim or decoration
- How to make darts
- How to clip a curved seam
- How to sew a facing or yoke into a garment
- How to invert the narrow part of a garment using chopsticks or a bamboo knitting needle
- How to cut fabric with a directional pattern or nap
- How to make pockets
Somewhat Advanced: This sewing tutorial and/or pattern will require knowledge of all of the above bulleted items, plus a few more concepts like…
- How to line a garment
- How to use bias tape, piping, or ribbon as a decorative edge or binding (the link to that piping info page takes you to madeeveryday.com, a great website for crafters)
- How to sew pleats
- How to sew a zipper into a garment (also courtesy of madeeveryday.com)
- How to make a buttonhole stitch
- How to cover a button with fabric
- How to sew a hook and eye closure to a garment
- How to use an interfacing
Very Advanced: This sewing tutorial and/or pattern will require knowledge of all of the above bulleted items, plus some additional concepts like…
- How to alter a pattern
- How to do embroidery or applique
- How to apply rings (like D-rings) or grommets to a garment
- How to apply epaulettes to a garment
Feel free to leave comments at the bottom of this page. Which of the sewing concepts listed above would you like me to create new tutorials for? Are there any sewing concepts not listed, that you’d like me to explain or make a tutorial for? I’m anxious to receive your requests!
Why do you give your patterns away for free? Why not charge people?
This question is answered in detail on my Chelly’s Books page.
It’s really nice of you to give us free patterns. Is there anything I can do in return?
Please continue to show your appreciation for my free patterns and tutorials by liking them on Facebook, pinning them on Pinterest, and/or tweeting about them. This will help spread the word that my FREE printable sewing patterns and tutorials for doll clothes exist. I also encourage you to add my YouTube channel’s videos to your playlists.
How can I find the pattern I’m looking for?
Please be advised: although finding patterns on this website has gotten easier lately, this website is still under construction. If you are having trouble finding the pattern you want, please submit a question with a detailed description of the pattern you’re looking for. I’d be happy to send you either the link or the pattern itself.
How do I print your patterns from my iPhone/ laptop / computer, etc…?
Need help printing my patterns? This link offers a tutorial showing you how to download and print my FREE patterns using Google Docs. (For the older print-a-pattern tutorial, which uses Microsoft Word, click here.)
Please note: if you’re downloading the pattern as a graphic image, you must enlarge my patterns to fit a full-sized piece of American computer paper (8.5 x 11 inches or 216 x 279 mm) without margins, before printing. I’m in the process of converting all my patterns to PDF and/or MS Word for an easier download, but there are hundreds of patterns here. So please be patient as I work behind the scenes to get them all converted.
Am I allowed to share your patterns on my website/ Facebook page/ social media venue?
My doll clothes patterns are available for free through “Creative Commons Attribution.” This means that I created my patterns (and therefore I own rights to them), but by using them, you are promising me that you will tell people about my website.
Here are some helpful ways to tell the world about my patterns:
- You can pin them on Pinterest.
- You can post or like them on Facebook.
- You can tweet about them.
- Use any other form of social media that appeals to you!
If you wish to post one of my patterns or doll photos on your website, feel free to do so, but kindly include a link to my website in your article. Each visitor to this website helps fund ChellyWood.com, so it’s important to direct traffic this way, in order to keep my website up and running. Thanks for understanding! 😉
Do your patterns use a seam allowance?
Yes, all ChellyWood.com patterns use a seam allowance. For dolls that are 12 inches tall or smaller, use a scant 1/4 inch seam allowance (4 mm). For dolls taller than 12 inches, use a true 1/4 inch seam allowance. Older patterns are not marked with the seam allowance lines, but the seam allowance is assumed on those patterns.
When creating a casing, I usually make a 4 mm fold for the first fold; then, on the second fold, I deepen the fold to approximately 1.5 cm. However you should adjust the depth of your casing further, if your elastic is wider than 1 cm.
I’m new to sewing. Do you have any tips or tricks for beginners?
Are you new to sewing? I’ve got a 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, and how to sew on snaps.
Do you have any additional patterns for the Lammily doll?
Also, after designing a pattern for other dolls (Curvy Barbie, Ideal’s vintage Tammy dolls, etc.) I sometimes try the clothes on Lammily to see if they fit. If so, then I include Lammily dolls in my blog post’s “Categories” list. If you are using a laptop or desktop computer, you’ll find this list of Categories in the right-hand margin of the website. Click on Lammily to find all of the patterns that fit her. If you’re using a phone or tablet, just click on Lammily right here to access those patterns.
If your question wasn’t answered here, feel free to submit a question. You can also write to Chelly Wood at this address. I’m always happy to help my followers find what they need, so they, too, can make amazing doll clothes and crafts!