When you view this DIY polar fleece scarf tutorial, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to make! In fact, I’m giving this project one flower on my difficulty scale, because there really isn’t much that’s easier to sew than a scarf like this.
If you just popped in to see what ChellyWood.com is all about, you might want to look back at yesterday’s post; it shows how to make the hat that goes with the scarf, and it offers the FREE printable sewing patterns for making the stocking cap /tuque /beanie shown in the video.
Typically, this blog features free, printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes. I briefly took a break to offer my patterns and tutorials for making this hat and scarf because I had created them for my Secret Santa gifts in December. No sense making them and not sharing, right?
But it’s time to go back to my doll clothes patterns…
For those of you who voted in my recent polls, let’s see which dolls won, and what my goals will be for offering FREE sewing patterns in 2018.
My first poll was posted on January 5, 2018. It asked the question, “What would you like from ChellyWood.com in 2018?” This was what you suggested:
- Intermediate and beginner doll clothes patterns — 31%
- Doll crafts like DIY furniture projects for dolls — 21%
- Doll sewing tips + embroidery tutorials — 16%
- Super EASY doll clothes sewing patterns for beginners — 10%
- No-sew doll clothes projects — 2%
So it looks like I should focus on making relatively easy-to-sew doll clothes patterns in 2018. Of course, I’ll take into account the other areas… crafts, furniture, sewing tips, etc. as well.
Then, on January 19, 2018, I polled you again. This time I asked, “Which dolls do you want more patterns for?”
To my surprise, the vast majority of you picked the option, “Other.” Thankfully, you also left comments, and I calculated which of the “other” dolls made up the largest request group. Here are the results of this poll:
- 1st place goes to 18″ American Girl / Madame Alexander dolls, with 25% of the vote
- 2nd place was (to no one’s surprise, I think) the 10″ to 12″ dolls like Barbie, Momoko, Ken, and the Disney Princess fashion dolls, with 16% of the vote
- 3rd place was a tie between 6″ dolls, and the large number of “other” votes for, specifically, Wellie Wishers/Hearts 4 Hearts 14″ dolls
In fourth and fifth place, respectively, were the honorable mentions of 16″-18″ Tonner/Barbie dolls and the 12″ Monster High/Ever After High dolls.
But the big surprise was the overwhelming number of write-ins for Wellie Wishers/ Hearts 4 Hearts 14″ dolls. I don’t own one of these, but clearly there’s a need for free patterns for these little guys. With my birthday coming up in March, I’ve asked for one of these dolls, so I can step up and fill the gap there.
Feel free to leave comments on what types of outfits you’d like me to design. It sounds like I’ll be making a lot more easy-sew patterns for bigger dolls (14″ to 18″) in the coming year, but I will also offer some easy-sew patterns for Barbie-sized dolls as well).
Thanks for all this great feedback! I really want to meet the pattern and tutorial needs of my followers… Hopefully you won’t be disappointed! 🙂
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:
- You can pin them on Pinterest.
- You can like them on Facebook.
- You can tweet about them.
- Use any other form of social media that appeals to you!
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!