Hey, #Dolls! I need your #crafty feedback at ChellyWood.com for #2018


If you’re a regular visitor to ChellyWood.com, I’d like to know what content you find most interesting on my site. Should I offer more embroidery tutorials? More easy-sew tutorials? Do you feel like I have enough doll clothes patterns, but you’d like to see more doll clothes sewing tips? Do you just want your basic doll clothes patterns and never mind the fluff?

Image shows a little doll seated at her sewing machine. Behind her is a doll-sized ironing board. Her tiny, pale blue coffee cup sits at the ready near her sewing machine. The overlay says, "ChellyWood.com free printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes."
Please visit ChellyWood.com for free, printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes.

Your vote counts! I will gladly cater my content to what you find most interesting. So please do vote!

This poll will be available for one week only. I may add a new poll next week, to narrow the information down to specific types of projects. It’s time for you to give me a little helpful feedback everyone, so I can shape this blog into exactly what you’d like it to be!

Feel free to leave more detailed suggestions in the comments section below.

Additional Information:


My Gallery Page is 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.

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.) To review my difficulty scale (demonstrating how hard or easy a pattern is by the number of flowers displayed), take a look back at this blog post.

Please note: 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. These designs use a scant 1/4 inch seam (4 mm to be exact).

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. My patterns are now available through “Creative Commons Attribution.” This means that I created my patterns (and therefore I own rights to them), but I’m willing to share them with everyone who will tell people about my website.

Here are some helpful ways to tell the world about my patterns:

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, how to sew on snaps, and even how to design your own doll clothes patterns, for those who are new to design and alterations.

In case you haven’t heard, I have actually designed some 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.

If your question wasn’t answered here, feel free to submit a question. I’m always happy to help my followers find what they need, so they, too, can make amazing doll clothes and crafts!

9 thoughts on “Hey, #Dolls! I need your #crafty feedback at ChellyWood.com for #2018

  1. Hi Chelly and thank you for the Barbie patterns! Do you knit or crochet Barbie clothes? I need more patterns… also, do you have an idea for how to keep Barbie’s fingers from getting caught in the sleeves in knits or big weaves? I’ve lined them and that does work but it adds more bulk. I also made a tube to slip in the sleeve and that works buts gets lost easily when the girls are playing and they tend to shove the arm through the sleeve. 🙁 Thanks for any other ideas you may have.

    1. Hi Susan,

      I do knit a little, but I’m limited in that capacity. For free knitting patterns, though, you’ll find hundreds of doll clothes knitting pattern options at Sticka till Barbie. There’s a link to Sticka till Barbie in the side margin to the right of your screen (at the bottom on a phone), under “Blogroll.”

      As far as those tricky fingers go, it sounds like your idea of a lining is more brilliant than anything I could come up with! Kudos to you!

      My husband’s grandma once crocheted Barbie dresses out of kite string instead of yarn, and the weave was so tight that my girls never had any problems with the fingers in the sleeves. Have you tried experimenting with smaller yarn styles? Maybe try knitting or crocheting Barbie clothes with embroidery floss…? Sorry I don’t have more to offer in the knitting and crochet department.

      Thank you for leaving a comment!

      Chelly Wood

    2. I realize I’m a year and a half late to this (I’ve been reading from the start to make a list for a hopeful summer sewing marathon). But in regards to protecting barbie fingers from knits… two small rubber bands (like the uncovered ones in huge packs for cornrow braids) and two small pieces of a nice slippery fabric like a cheap polyester satin. ‘Mitten’ the hands with the fabric, held in place with the rubber bands. Dress the doll, remove the ‘mittens’. Fingers stay safe!

      1. Nice tip! Thanks PlayScaleTheater! I use those tiny rubber bands to keep dolls’ hands together when they are holding something like a bridal bouquet for one of my dolly photo shoots. It can really help bring the hands together nicely without damaging the doll.

      2. Not sure this will reply to the right comment, as after I liked the comment box disappeared (I’m semi-new to using WordPress – have had an account a while, but kind of neglected it). But, yes, those little rubber bands are useful for many things. And the makeshift slippery mittens trick works on stuff with lacy sleeves or lace cuffs that fingers can get stuck in too. I have an old Angel Face Barbie dress that is a nightmare to put on a doll without this trick. I worked it out because I get a lot of my dolls in secondhand lots and I’ve got some that arrived with fingers broken off (usually barbie pinkies or thumbs) for most likely this exact thing – getting stuck in a bit of clothes, so I figured I needed steps to protect mine.

  2. I found this site very good for patterns. The only problem I have is ability to down load to my phone, so I can transfer them to my laptop.

    1. Hi Sue,

      All patterns are uploaded to this website as JPG files. The best way to save those files is to go to the gallery page, click on the outfit you’re interested in making, and from there, follow the directions on my “How to print patterns” tutorial: https://chellywood.com/2017/07/07/how-to-print-sewing-patterns-google-docs-to-beinternetawesome/

      Most people can get Google Docs on their phone, and that’s something that easily transfers to your laptop, as long as it has internet. If you need more help, try your public library. They’re great about helping people download and print off the internet, especially in a case like this, where the document uses the Creative Commons Attribution symbol.

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