I’ve been sewing since the age of three, and I designed my first doll clothes item–a sun bonnet–at age eleven. By age sixteen, I was running a small business, designing my own doll clothes, altering commercial patterns to suit special orders, and selling my doll clothes to local families in my hometown area. Selling hand-sewn doll clothes helped me pay for college!
When I went to work as a schoolteacher, I continued to design doll clothes, sometimes selling them at local craft fairs and other times just giving them away. Today I work as a school librarian, and the ads on ChellyWood.com bring in a bit of pocket money to help provide funds for fabric, notions, and new dolls. So if you enjoy my free doll clothes patterns and tutorials, please show your support by sharing the goodies provided on this website through social media!
This blog was started in 2010, as a means for me to share with the world my passion in doll clothes designs. At that time, it was really just a “personal journey” blog. My following kept building though, and in 2015, the Lammily doll company approached me and asked me to design some commercial patterns for their doll company. What a surprise!
More surprises have popped up over time. I’ve been interviewed by The Chicago Tribune as well as Newsweek, and Felt Magnet featured one of my patterns, giving it top billing. (That was very flattering!)
Today I’m working on writing nonfiction books to help others learn to design and sew doll clothes. As a school librarian, that seemed like the next obvious step! While waiting for my books to be published, please feel free to enjoy the free doll play videos I create on my YouTube Channel, including Romeo and Juliet With Dolls and Adventures in Paris!
To see why I offer my patterns and doll clothes for free, please go to my Chelly’s Books page.
If you love to read books and you’d like to hear about my books when they’re published, or if you’re also a doll seamstress like me, consider connecting with me through one of these venues:
- Pinterest: Chelly Wood — Most of my boards offer free patterns for doll clothes and tutorials for my doll-related hobbies.
- YouTube: Chelly Wood’s Channel — You can see the videos I’ve created, including my sewing tutorials and book trailers (when my books come out).
- Twitter: @ChellyWood1 — You can see all of my blog posts from every blog I’ve created, not just this one.
- Facebook: ChellyWood — This also shows my blog posts along with videos I create and stuff I like on YouTube.
- Facebook Version of ChellyWood.com — This is just a FB “blog” site, where my blog posts from here become duplicated. In my humble opinion, it’s much easier to download my patterns from this primary blog, rather than the FB one. But if you’re a fan of FB, you might want to use this interface to see my postings from time to time.
- Etsy: Chelly Wood — I do have an Etsy store account, but I almost never sell my creations. I’m too busy having fun! If I do get the urge to sell some of my stuff, I prefer selling on Etsy rather than eBay or Facebook. They have a very efficient platform.
- NaNoWriMo: Chelly Wood — I’m mostly active on this website in November, which is National Novel Writers’ Month.
- Google+: Chelly Wood — I don’t use my Google+ account much, so let me know why you want to connect with me here, if you want me to follow you back. Otherwise I’ll assume you’re selling real estate or something! 😉
My Other Blogs
English Emporium — This website offers tips on comma use, capitalization rules, common spelling errors, sentence structure, poetry, and so much more! If you’re a writer, student, or English teacher, this is the site for you!
Secret Pal Teachers — Do you have a “Secret Santa” or “Office Pal” program at your place of employment? On this website I offer ideas for your secret pal gifts. It’s especially geared toward teachers, but most of my posts would appeal to nearly anyone. During November and December, I post frequently.
If you have a question or suggestion, feel free to contact me through my Submit a Question form. It goes directly to my email, and unless I’m out of town, I try to respond within one week’s time (and often much sooner).