This week’s free, printable sewing pattern is for making a pair of boxers or summer shorts to fit broad-bodied dolls like G.I. Joe action figures, Broad Ken dolls, and similar-sized 12-inch male dolls.
I know that a lot of my followers like to sew for Barbie and Ken, but were you aware that Ken’s shape has recently changed? Yes, Mattel still offers the slender, sleek Ken dolls that have been so popular in recent years, but they also offer a new “Broad Ken,” whose body-type is more akin to G. I. Joe‘s body.
The male action figure shown above was one I found at a yard sale, so I don’t even know his name! If you know it, though, feel free to tell me in the comments below this blog post.
Are you excited about making a pair of boxer shorts or summer shorts for your Broad Ken, G. I. Joe, or male action figure? If so, come back tomorrow for the FREE printable sewing pattern. The tutorial video will post on Wednesday, here on ChellyWood.com.
For additional information, like tips for printing my free patterns, links to helpful tutorial videos on how to do a whipstitch and other answers to common questions on this site, please read the “Additional Information” section below.
It has recently come to my attention that my older patterns and projects no longer appear on my Gallery Page. Two examples are the hairdresser apron and smock project and the Monster High/Ever After High pants patterns. I’ve contacted WordPress, my blog hosting company, and they have suggested that I may have over-run my limit for images in a single gallery. They’ve suggested I re-design my website to include multiple gallery pages.
So when I get a little vacation time (maybe during my Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday break November-December), I plan to take the time to re-organize my website. Some links may be lost in the redesigning, so if there are patterns you really want to use, I suggest downloading them before this website remodel takes place.
Of course, if you ever have difficulty locating a pattern or tutorial on my website, feel free to contact me using my Submit a Question form. I’d be happy to email you with attachments or links to the pages you’re seeking. Also, I now have a mailing address, which can be found on my “About the Author” page as well as on this recent blog post.
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 and tutorials:
- 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.