Image of needle and thread with overlaid words "Backstitch Tutorial" and "ChellyWood.com"

Use the #Backstitch when #sewing by hand @ ChellyWood.com

Here we have a tutorial for the backstitch. I love this stitch because it’s so versatile and easy to create! When you see me sewing by hand in my videos, I’m almost always using the backstitch. This is a re-post of one of the tutorials that is often mentioned in my videos. I’m re-posting it because I’m actually on vacation right now. Want to follow … Continue reading Use the #Backstitch when #sewing by hand @ ChellyWood.com

Image of orange felt with black whip stitch overlaid by the words "How to hem a garment by hand using the whip stitch"

How to Whipstitch a Hem @ ChellyWood.com #embroidery #sewing #crafts

Occasionally people who are new to sewing ask me questions that are old-hat to those of us who are long-time sewists. One question I was recently asked is, “How do you hem a garment without a sewing machine?” I use the whipstitch to hem most of my garments. It’s a fairly easy stitch, and it creates a nearly invisible hem. Here’s how it’s done: This … Continue reading How to Whipstitch a Hem @ ChellyWood.com #embroidery #sewing #crafts

The image shows the OOAK Liv Doll "Chelly Wood" at her computer in her tiny dolly diorama office. Behind her is a painting of ballerinas by Degas. The overlay says, Fan Mail and offers the at symbol followed by the URL ChellyWood.com, a website where there are hundreds of free, printable sewing patterns for doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and sizes. This is the YouTube header for what one might call "Barbie fan mail opening" or stop motion fan mail reading. It's a stop motion video of the Chelly Wood doll discussing her fan mail, reading it out loud, and showing a video of Barbie dolls modeling the hand-made dresses that one of Chelly Wood's fans created using Chelly Wood's own free doll clothes patterns (printable on the ChellyWood.com website).

Chelly Wood Out of the Office / #Sewing Room

Sorry everyone, but I’m about to take a wee little family vacation. I do get fan mail every day or so, and that’s why I thought I’d give everyone a heads up about my absence. To keep you entertained while I’m away, I’m going to re-post the video tutorials that are mentioned most often in my YouTube videos. Next Thursday, though, I’ll post something brand … Continue reading Chelly Wood Out of the Office / #Sewing Room

The image shows a Broad Ken doll from Mattel modeling a pair of handmade navy blue trousers. These pants are designed specifically to fit dolls like Broad Ken with a shorter inseam than Ken and a wider waistline. the overlay says "Broad Ken Pants" and offers the URL ChellyWood.com where you can find free printable sewing patterns for making these pants and other costumes for fashion dolls of many shapes and sizes.

#SewingBlogger Thursday: #Sew a pair of pants for #BroadKen w/FREE #patterns @ ChellyWood.com

This week I’ve been re-posting links to all the male fashion doll patterns I’ve made and posted over the years, on this blog. I have more in store, of course! But for today, I’d like to post the patterns and tutorial video for making a pair of elastic-waist trousers (or pajama pants) for Broad Ken and similar-sized action figures. Here’s the PDF version of the … Continue reading #SewingBlogger Thursday: #Sew a pair of pants for #BroadKen w/FREE #patterns @ ChellyWood.com

The image shows a Spin Master Jake doll from the Liv doll collection wearing handmade jeans, a collared shirt, and a tie. There's also an attached image of handmade sneakers that closely resemble Converse High Top tennis shoes. The watermark says, "ChellyWood.com: free doll clothes patterns and more."

Free Spin Master “Jake” Doll Clothes Sewing Patterns

ATTENTION BLOG FOLLOWERS: Today’s blog post is part of the new 2019 website renovations. I’m working behind the scenes to make it easier to find the patterns you want. If you’d like to make one of the outfits shown in this gallery, just follow these directions: Click on the photograph of the outfit you’d like to sew. This will take you to a larger image … Continue reading Free Spin Master “Jake” Doll Clothes Sewing Patterns

This "gallery" style image shows Ken dolls wearing four different historical costumes. In the upper right corner, a Ken doll wears a regal Navy colored tunic with puff sleeves and trousers. He holds a sword. In the upper right corner, a Ken doll wears a medieval wig, a long-sleeve tunic, a gold-embellished vest, and bi-colored pants with felt boots. In the lower left corner, a Ken doll is dressed in a monk's hood and garb. In the lower right, a Ken doll wears a muffin cap, blousen shirt, vest, bi-colored pants, and he has greave-style sleeves that tie with ribbons. All of these patterns are free and printable at ChellyWood.com for anyone who has an inclination to sew these doll clothes. Each of Chelly Wood's free patterns comes with a tutorial showing you how to make it.

Free Historical Ken Doll Clothes Sewing Patterns

ATTENTION BLOG FOLLOWERS: Today’s blog post is part of the new 2019 website renovations. I’m working behind the scenes to make it easier to find the patterns you want. If you’d like to make one of the outfits shown in this gallery, just follow these directions: Click on the photograph of the outfit you’d like to sew. This will take you to a larger image … Continue reading Free Historical Ken Doll Clothes Sewing Patterns

The image shows four different modern Ken dolls modeling handmade doll clothes including a raglan sleeve tee shirt, a tuxedo, a pair of boxer shorts, and a short-sleeve shirt with pants. All of the patterns for making these outfits are free at ChellyWood.com

Free Modern Ken Doll and Articulated Ken Doll Clothes Sewing Patterns

ATTENTION BLOG FOLLOWERS: Today’s blog post is part of the new 2019 website renovations. I’m working behind the scenes to make it easier to find the patterns you want. If you’d like to make one of the outfits shown in this gallery, just follow these directions: Click on the photograph of the outfit you’d like to sew. This will take you to a larger image … Continue reading Free Modern Ken Doll and Articulated Ken Doll Clothes Sewing Patterns