Monday I posted a preview, showing images of three different dolls who can fit into my free nautical shorts patterns for 18-inch dolls. Tuesday I posted the free printable sewing pattern for making the shorts that fit 18″ dolls.
Today I’m sharing the video tutorial I’ve made, to help guide you as you sew the shorts for your 18 inch dolls. Just to make sure you have what you need, I’m also going to re-post a link to the pattern right here:
I realize I’ve said it before, but it doesn’t hurt to remind everyone that today’s project will fit most 18-inch dolls, like American Girl dolls, Madame Alexander dolls, and even the Vintage Crissy doll. They may even fit some of the larger Disney Princess dolls, Dora the Explorer dolls, Journey Girls, and some baby dolls and/or rag dolls, like Raggedy Ann and Andy.
In other words, this is a really flexible pattern! If you need help printing my free patterns, have a look at the “Additional Information” below, which offers a number of helpful tips and links.
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.
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 post or 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.