My regular followers know that beneath each of my YouTube videos, there are links to a number of videos like this “How to Whipstitch” tutorial. These “basic stitchery” tutorials are designed to help you understand terms and concepts within each tutorial, like:
- How to print my FREE patterns
- How to sew snaps on fabric
- How to sew by hand
- How to tie a knot when sewing by hand
- How to design your own doll clothes patterns (intermediate)
- How to design your own doll clothes patterns (beginner)
- How to gather fabric
- How to buy fabric for doll clothes projects
- How to buy the right thread for your project
- How to use ric rac trim
- Where to buy buttons
- How to use a needle threader
- How to do a backstitch (the stitch I use most when sewing by hand)
- How to sew bias tape onto a garment
These and many other helpful sewing tips are found in the “Sewing Tutorials for Beginners” playlist, on my YouTube Channel. I thought I’d point this out, because I often get questions about beginner techniques. These tutorials are designed to guide those of you who are relatively new to sewing.
This is actually a re-post of a “Helpful Links” page that I posted back in August. At that time, I promised to make a few new “Crafty” tutorials based on your suggestions. Can you guess which tutorials are new to this list? Which tutorials did I create over the summer?
It’s not too late to request additional tutorials though… If any of you would like me to make a tutorial on a specific sewing technique, please feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments or Submit a Question which goes directly to my email account.
Recently, 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 Gutenberg 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!