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In this photo, the Chelly Wood doll (actually a Spin Master Liv doll that has had its face re-painted and its wig dyed grey to look like the doll clothing designer, YouTuber, and writer Chelly Wood) stands in her sewing room with her arms spread out wide in a welcoming stance. On the doll's right (your left) we see her hutch filled with tiny folded fabrics. There's a window directly behind her. At her side is her sewing desk with tiny fabrics, a miniature sewing machine, and other sewing supplies on top. To her left (your right) behind the doll, there's a sea blue mannequin displaying an in-progress sun dress with a tape measure around the mannequin's neck. Hanging from a sea blue hanger on the wall is the white party dress with tiny polka dots that often appears in Chelly's videos on the mannequin. The floor is hard wood. The wall is purple. Chelly's desk chair has been upholstered in sea blue fabric. In the corner of the image is the logo for ChellyWood.com
Chelly’s Sewing Room

I often get questions about where to buy tiny buttons, small-print fabrics, snaps, itty-bitty buckles, miniature zippers, and even sewing machines and their parts. So I’ve put together a “Buyer’s Guide” to help you with that.

Please note that if you do make a purchase, using these links, this website will get a small percentage of your purchase. To learn more about how affiliate marketing works on my website, please click here.

Fabrics

Closures

(See this blog post for reasons why I recommend Dritz snaps.)

Small Buttons and Button Hole Tools

Embellishments

Elastic and Velcro

(With Velcro, it’s almost impossible to find sew-on Velcro smaller than that, so if you need it smaller, just trim pieces to the sizes you need.)

Other Items

*In the past, I’ve bought embroidered personalized labels from Dutch Label Company, but the last time I ordered from them, they got my embroidery colors wrong and I was out a whopping $90 (because I buy a lot of them all at once).

Instead of my logo colors, the labels came out yellow. Ugh! I had never had this problem before, but I’d always purchased their template designs.

So if you’re going to buy from them, don’t use their personalization. Go with their ready-made templates.

This year, when my daughter re-designed my logo, I switched to MayDay Labels on Etsy. Theirs are ink printed on fabric, but Sara Boatright at MayDay was able to make my labels VERY tiny at my special request!

So I’ll definitely be going back to MayDay Labels for my next set of sew-on labels. Here’s an image of my new itty-bitty labels:

The image shows a very tiny miniature garment label that says "Chelly Wood" inside the shape of a bodice pattern. The label is so tiny, it's even smaller than the thumbnail of the person holding the label (which is Chelly Wood).
Please visit ChellyWood.com for free printable sewing patterns for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.

In my own doll clothes sewing projects, I’ve recently begun to really be conscientious about the products I buy. If I can buy my fabric in the form of second-hand clothing instead of buying brand new textiles, for example, I do so. It’s simply better for the environment.

To learn more about how textile manufacturing can hurt the earth, please read this article.

I also recycle my buttons, elastics, and other notions, whenever possible. If I don’t like how a handmade garment turned out, sometimes I’ll re-use the snaps, the fabric, and any other pieces I think might be re-usable, rather than throwing the whole thing away.

So when you click some of the links I’ve given you above, don’t be surprised if it sends you to “organic fabrics” or other eco-friendly resources. It’s the least I can do to help out our generous Mother Earth!

The image shows a human figure in silhouette, caressing a planet earth. The image is in black and white, and this free image is in the public domain, provided here by ClipSafari.com
Mother Earth image is a free image without a copyright, provided by ClipSafari.

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