Today’s #tutorial shows how to make a #dolls swimsuit top @ ChellyWood.com w/FREE #patterns!

Here’s the tutorial for the 18-inch doll bikini swimsuit top that I’ve been tooting my own horn about! I’m really excited about this swimsuit project, and I hope you really enjoy making it!

As a reminder, this swimsuit pattern uses jersey fabric, but you could probably just as easily use real swimsuit fabric for it. In addition to making a bikini out of this free printable sewing pattern for 18-inch dolls, you could also make underpants and a training bra. Just try using white fabric instead of colorful fabric.

And for your convenience, I’m re-posting both the bikini swimsuit top pattern and the bikini swimsuit bottoms pattern (also an underwear pattern) right here, along with a link to the tutorial for making the swimsuit bottoms:

In the videos, you can see that I created a little stop-motion clip of the dolls playing in the water. The shorts and easy-sew felt top patterns are still under construction, but hopefully I’ll have them available soon as well. So please consider following my blog or subscribing to my YouTube channel, so you can get all my patterns and tutorials as soon as they are released.

You may have also noticed that my dolls are wearing handmade sandals. That tutorial and pattern are free on ChellyWood.com as well:

Need help downloading and printing my free patterns? Read the “Additional Information” below for a link to a helpful tutorial that will guide you through the printing process.

 

Additional Information:

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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.

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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