What is rickrack trim? A #tutorial @ ChellyWood.com for #crafting w/#dolls


Today’s tutorial video answers the following questions:

  • What is rickrack trim?
  • How do I use rickrack trim?

If you look back at Monday’s post this week, you’ll see that our outfit this week included rickrack trim. This is actually a tutorial video that I posted a while back, but I thought, since we’re working with rickrack this week, it wouldn’t hurt to revisit that tutorial.

Here’s what we’ve been making this week:

Image shows a Wellie Wisher doll from the American Girl doll collection wearing a handmade halter-style summer shirt, dress, or swimsuit cover-up garment with rickrack and a pocket. The doll stands in front of a painting of a beach scene with a vacation house on a cliff overlooking the ocean. The doll's rubber boots keep her feet dry as she stands on a sandy surface. Overlay reads: "ChellyWood.com: FREE printable sewing patterns and tutorials for dolls of many shapes and sizes." Please visit ChellyWood.com for free, printable sewing patterns for doll clothes to fit this and other sized dolls.
Visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes.

How cute is that?!

This week’s tutorial video for making the swimsuit cover-up shown on my Wellie Wisher doll above offers even a few more tips about how to line your rickrack up, so it matches on both sides. Here’s a link to this week’s tutorial on making the summer swimsuit cover-up shown above.


Additional Information:


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.

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).

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. 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.


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