As I said earlier this week, I’m busy behind the scenes, creating a sloper, patterns, and tutorials for American Girl doll sewing projects. To give me a little more time for my new creations, I’ve “borrowed” the tutorial video above from another crafter (with permission, of course).
If you crochet, you’re going to love the video above, which was created by Norma from All My Crafts on YouTube (see link to her channel).
I’m more of a seamstress than a crocheter or knitter, although I have tried my hand at these other crafts as well. Even for an amteur like myself, Norma makes this video super easy to follow. After watching her tutorial, I was really tempted to make this dress, as I’m sure you will be too, because she explains each step with such clarity!
She also has tutorials on how to make crocheted Mary Jane shoes for American Girl dolls, how to crochet a purse for American Girl dolls, and how to crochet a cute little crown for American Girl dolls. So be sure to visit her channel!
Special thanks to Norma for allowing me to use this video on my blog.
Some of my followers have wondered what motivates me to give my patterns away for free.
First of all, I’m a librarian by trade. Librarians love free stuff! We believe that the more a person knows, the more enriched their life will be. So it may sound kind of crazy, but I want ChellyWood.com to become a sort of library of free patterns that help people learn to sew doll clothes.
If you’d like to learn more about my motives, feel free to visit my Chelly’s Books page.
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).
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.
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.