How to Store Unfinished Sewing Projects #SewingProjects #DollClothesPatterns

The image is a photo of the Chelly Wood doll (a Spin Master Liv doll with grey dyed hair and a repainted face that kind of looks like the real Chelly Wood, a doll clothes designer) in her sewing room. Behind her on the wall is a finished doll dress made of white cotton fabric with tiny polka dots. On her sewing table, beside her miniature sewing machine, is a clear plastic tub filled with sewing bits and pieces.
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We all have them.

Yes, you know you do.

Those projects that you have cut out and left sitting on the ironing board–those unfinished sewing projects–we like to think they will disappear if we just kick them under the bed, but they do not.

They stick around.

For years.

Until you face them…

This photo shows a close-up of Chelly's doll-sized "unfinished sewing projects" bin. It's made of clear plastic, and it contains scraps of fabric in a messed up wad of this and that sewing projects.
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Yep, even I have unfinished sewing projects. Would you like to know how I store them and get them done?

I actually keep my unfinished sewing projects in a shoebox:

The image shows the contents of Chelly Wood's unfinished doll clothes sewing projects. There are patterns, cut fabric pieces, and partially completed garments piled up inside a shoebox.
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And as you can see in the photo above, I keep them together with the original patterns. Sometimes I keep the name of the doll I was sewing for, with them, so I can remember who those projects were meant for.

But how do I tackle them?

One at a time, of course!

And I take the whole shoe box with me on camping trips and road trips. That way, if I’m bored while traveling or sitting around the campfire during a family trip, I can whip out my box of unfinished projects and make baby steps — sew a little bit here; sew a little bit there.

And if I really hate a project — like maybe the project got part-way finished but I just didn’t like the way it looked — I cut it into something different.

I alter it, to make it into something I’ll be happier with. Something fresh and new.

Once again, it’s time to mention my doll clothes pattern alteration class!

In my Creative Spark class, “How to Alter Doll Clothes Patterns,” you will learn how to make long sleeves shorter, how to make short sleeves longer, and how to lengthen and shorten pants patterns for your doll clothes.

Not only that, but I share my “magic resizing formula” with you.

It shows you how to take a skirt pattern that fits an 8″ doll like this one:

In this photograph, we see the Lieutenant Uhura action figure from Mego dressed in handmade doll clothes that include a reversible tank top (pink on one side and purple on the other side) and a three tier skirt layered in first purple glittery cotton then pink batik cotton then a purple glittery cotton ruffle. The doll's hair is perfectly styled (like the real Nichelle Nichols) and she wears tiny purple plastic flip flop shoes.
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and make it fit a 10″ doll like this one:

The image shows a Monster High or Ever After High doll wearing a handmade outfit which looks very gypy-like. It includes shoes that look like Toms (handmade), a 3-tier skirt in three different colors of fabric, and a handmade short-sleeved shirt. The camera angle is from front and a bit to the left. The Monster High doll is Laguna Blue, and she holds one hand to her hair.
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And there’s no specific time limit to your courses. You can just take your time and learn at the pace that suits you.

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5 thoughts on “How to Store Unfinished Sewing Projects #SewingProjects #DollClothesPatterns

  1. So cute! Every once in a while I get on a cutting kick, where I cut out lots of planned outfits at a time because I like picking the placement of the fabric and deciding which fabric for which pattern, but don’t necessary want to start sewing yet. So far my favorite way to store little doll outfit cutouts is between the pages of a heavy book. And if I’ve started them but not finished, they upgrade to get their own sandwich baggie in a makeup bag!

  2. I like both ideas. I usually store unfinished projects in the gallon size freezer bags with the pattern or at least a copy of the pattern front. I have a question about finished product storage. I’m planning on selling dolls clothes on-line; what is the best way to store them and package them for mailing?

    1. When I get ready to sell or send a set of doll clothes — let’s say I’m making a wardrobe to sell together, for example — I keep them together in the box I plan to mail them in. And I’ve found that in the United States, the $8 Priority Mail parcel box is about the right size for Barbie-sized dolls and smaller. But a shoebox works well for these dolls also.

      You can ship them in a flat bubble parcel if it’s just one smallish item (say, a pencil skirt dress, for example), but this does leave the item sort of wrinkled upon arrival. That’s why I prefer a shoebox or flat box mailer for shipping and storing. People have complained, when I’ve sold doll clothes online though, that $8 is too much to pay for shipping and handling.

      How about other people? Does anyone else have some advice on this?

      Thanks for the comment, Carolyn. I may do a blog post on this, since it’s a great question!

      1. Thank you, Chelly.! I’ve been doing some research on mailing box sizes (I also make Cloth Dolls), So more research I’ll be doing. Any other comments would be greatly appreciated.

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