I’ve been sewing since the age of three, and I designed my first doll clothes item–a Barbie 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 as well.
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 full time as a school librarian and art teacher. I also teach online courses in doll clothing design techniques, on the Creative Spark online learning platform.
I have designed commercial doll clothes patterns for the Lammily doll, and you can still buy those patterns on the Lammily website, using this link.
In 2021, I had created so many patterns for ChellyWood.com, that I ran out storage space and had to begin paying a higher price for my website. On my brother’s advice, I started affiliate marketing here on ChellyWood.com, to help with the costs of running the website.
The online courses I teach, plus other streams of income including the ads on my YouTube channel help me generate money for fabric, notions, and new (or more frequently, used) dolls to work with in my doll clothes design projects. Other costs associated with running this website include video software fees, yearly webhosting fees, and more.
So if you enjoy my free doll clothes patterns and tutorials, please share the patterns and photos provided on this website through social media. Tell your friends and family that this website exists. Please help spread the word!
This blog was started in 2014, 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.
More surprises have popped up over time. Regarding my patterns and doll-related projects, I’ve been interviewed by The Chicago Tribune as well as Newsweek. Also Felt Magnet featured one of my patterns, giving it top billing. (That was very flattering!)
To see why I offer my patterns and doll clothes for free, please go to my Funding and Charity Work page.
In 2022, I applied for LLC status for ChellyWood.com, so I guess it’s more of a small business than a hobby these days.
And I do love this kind of work. I LOVE IT! I just hope I can keep up the pace on this website after I retire from my work as a librarian. I’m scheduled to retire in 2025.
If you would like to work with me collaboratively or interview me for a sewing podcast (or other media), you can find out more about how to contact me and my literary agent on the About the Designer page. Or you can just use my contact form.
If your company or website would like to connect with me or use my images in a blog post or news story, feel free to contact me, and I would be happy to send you high resolution images of whichever free patterns or doll photo shoots tickle your fancy.
Thanks for stopping by to learn more about me!