The image shows a lady loading her glue gun with spare glue sticks, and there are actual palm trees (potted plants) behind her. The text reads, "doll beach DIY."

How to make a BIG beach diorama for your dolls!

As an Amazon Affiliate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Yesterday I shared some pictures of the 18 inch doll beach diorama that I built about four years ago or so: The video at the top of the page today shows you how to make your own doll beach, just like the one in the image above. It’s ideal for 18 inch dolls, but of course … Continue reading How to make a BIG beach diorama for your dolls!

The image shows a doll dressed as a mermaid. The doll is seated or swimming in a turquoise blue pool of water. The text reads, "Did you play with dolls in the water?"

Did you play with your dolls in the water?

These two doll-friends really remind me of myself and my cousin, Virginia. I was always afraid of the water, whereas Virginia would dive in the minute we got out of the car! Virginia and I took our dolls to the beach, built sand castles for them to live in, and played like our Barbies were mermaids in the ocean water. The American Girl dolls, like … Continue reading Did you play with your dolls in the water?

The image shows Simplicity 18" doll clothes pattern #4654 which includes patterns for making a lined hooded raincoat or coverup, a tank top and skort, a short-sleeved everyday dress, a sunny sleeveless top with capri pants, a T-shirt with cargo pants, and a crop top with skort or shorts. There's also an 18-inch doll pictured on the pattern wearing a denim jumper with overall straps. The doll wears a striped tee shirt under the overall-style jumper. (This is "jumper" in the US sense of the word -- not a "sweater" as we'd say in the US, but more of a dress with the style of overalls). The watermark on this photo reminds us to visit ChellyWood.com for free, printable sewing patterns for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes. This image also has a header that says, "Today's topic of discussion: what makes a pattern difficult for beginners?" And in fact, if you navigate to the link to the article that accompanies this image, doll clothing designer, YouTuber, and writer Chelly Wood discusses all the features that make this particular pattern difficult for a beginner who is just learning to sew. This article is designed to help anyone who teaches sewing classes, is teaching another person how to sew, or people who are, themselves, just learning to sew, what to avoid when purchasing store-bought patterns.

Learning to sew with 18 inch doll clothes pattern Simplicity 4654 #Sewing #DollClothesPatterns

When I first uploaded this photo, it was part of a series that answered the question, “How can you tell when a pattern is not for beginners?” People often think that sewing for a bigger doll will be easier than sewing for a smaller doll, but that’s not always true. With Simplicity 4654, you would be sewing for an 18 inch doll — usually a … Continue reading Learning to sew with 18 inch doll clothes pattern Simplicity 4654 #Sewing #DollClothesPatterns

Framed by purple polka dot cotton fabric, we see the images of two dolls in handmade felt flat shoes. Above this photo of the doll's legs in their handmade felt shoes, we read the words "free pattern" and the Chelly Wood dot com logo is also visible.

How to make felt shoes for Ideal Crissy dolls w/today’s FREE patterns @ ChellyWood.com #VintageDolls #DollClothesPatterns

Scroll down to the third set of bullets for the free PDF sewing patterns. Today we’ll be sewing a pair of flat shoes for dolls like vintage Crissy, vintage Velvet, and similar-sized dolls. I normally offer a first set of bullets demonstrating which dolls will fit into my patterns, but today I’ve broken the first set of bullets into two subsets. That’s because these flats … Continue reading How to make felt shoes for Ideal Crissy dolls w/today’s FREE patterns @ ChellyWood.com #VintageDolls #DollClothesPatterns

In this thumbnail image, we see a doll wearing a sandwich board shaped like a candy corn over the top of leggings, a felt shirt, and a mini skirt that's orange and black. The words 'free pattern" are at a slight angle above the doll's photo. Beneath the words "free pattern" is the Chelly Wood dot com logo.

Halloween costume (complete) for 18 inch dolls with free patterns @ ChellyWood.com #FamilyFun #DollClothesPatterns

Scroll down to the second set of bullets for the free PDF sewing patterns. Yesterday I posted the pattern and tutorial for making the skirt portion of this outfit, and that’s the final item to create the whole Halloween candy corn costume, as seen at the top of this page. My cousin, who runs the YouTube channel ASMR Tingle and Taps requested that I design … Continue reading Halloween costume (complete) for 18 inch dolls with free patterns @ ChellyWood.com #FamilyFun #DollClothesPatterns

In a purple cotton frame with tiny white polka dots, we see an 18 inch doll (like American Girl dolls) modeling a Halloween outfit of a candy corn skirt and soft felt top. Over the top of the photo of the doll are the words "free pattern" at a slight left-tilted angle. In one corner of the image is the Chelly Wood dot com logo.

Super simple sewing tutorial for 18 inch dolls: candy corn Halloween skirt with free patterns @ ChellyWood.com #Halloween #DollClothesPatterns

Scroll down to the second set of bullets for the free PDF sewing patterns. Today’s sewing tutorial shows how to make a super simple above-the-knee, elastic-waist skirt for an 18 inch doll. It’s an ideal sewing tutorial for anyone who’s teaching a child to sew or learning how to sew for themselves. My cousin, who runs the YouTube channel ASMR Tingle and Taps requested that … Continue reading Super simple sewing tutorial for 18 inch dolls: candy corn Halloween skirt with free patterns @ ChellyWood.com #Halloween #DollClothesPatterns

Surrounded by a turquoise blue frame is a photo of an 18 inch doll (perhaps an American Girl doll) wearing a Halloween costume that looks a lot like a candy corn, with white on top, orange in the middle, and yellow candy at the bottom. The words to the left of the doll's photo say "free pattern" and below that is the Chelly Wood dot com logo.

Let’s make a NO-SEW Candy Corn Halloween costume for 18 inch dolls @ ChellyWood.com #FreePatterns #HalloweenCostume

  Scroll down to the second set of bullets for the free PDF sewing patterns. Today I’m giving you an easy-to-follow NO-SEW tutorial and a free printable pattern for making a “sandwich board” style Halloween costume to fit many 18 inch dolls. There’s a list of dolls that will fit this “sandwich board” costume in the first set of bullets below. You might be wondering … Continue reading Let’s make a NO-SEW Candy Corn Halloween costume for 18 inch dolls @ ChellyWood.com #FreePatterns #HalloweenCostume

An 18 inch doll wears a donut costume. There's a purple frame around the photo of the 18 inch doll in the frosted donut costume. The words "free pattern" are above and at a slight angle to the left of the photo of the 18 inch doll (not an American Girl doll, but one that looks a lot like American Girl dolls). The Chelly Wood dot com logo appears in one corner of the picture.

Free Halloween Costume Patterns for 18 inch Dolls @ ChellyWood.com #HalloweenCostumeIdeas #DollClothesPatterns

Scroll down to the THIRD set of bullets for the free PDF sewing patterns. I’ve been slowly building up the pieces for this whole entire donut Halloween costume for 18 inch dolls, and today I’m giving you all the parts and pieces in one place! I’m so grateful to my cousin, who runs the YouTube channel, ASMR Tingle and Taps, for challenging me to create … Continue reading Free Halloween Costume Patterns for 18 inch Dolls @ ChellyWood.com #HalloweenCostumeIdeas #DollClothesPatterns

Inside a purple frame (with tiny white polka dots), we see an 18 inch doll (not one of the American Girls dolls but another brand) wearing a donut-shaped pillow as a Halloween costume. The words "free pattern" are at a slight angle over the top of the photo, and there's a white arrow that curls from the "free patterns" words to the pillow shape of the donut pillow worn around the doll's shoulders. The Chelly Wood dot com logo appears in one corner.

Sew a donut sandwich board for 18 inch dolls w/today’s FREE PDF sewing patterns @ ChellyWood.com #CraftyMom #DollClothesPatterns

  Scroll down to the second set of bullets for the free PDF sewing patterns. We’re inching closer to Halloween, so it’s time for me to post my “donut sandwich board” pattern, that can be used as a Halloween costume for 18 inch dolls! Later on, I’ll put this together with some other projects we’ve been working on, to form the full costume, as shown … Continue reading Sew a donut sandwich board for 18 inch dolls w/today’s FREE PDF sewing patterns @ ChellyWood.com #CraftyMom #DollClothesPatterns

A purple cotton frame with tiny white polka dots surrounds the image of an 18 inch doll modeling a black crop top and bright yellow leggings. The words over the top of the doll say "free pattern" and the Chelly Wood dot com logo appears in one corner of this thumbnail image.

Here’s how to sew leggings for 18 inch dolls, along with my free patterns @ ChellyWood.com #SewingProjects #DollClothesPatterns

Scroll down to the THIRD set of bullets for the free PDF sewing patterns. As the heading says, today’s tutorial video shows you how to make a pair of leggings to fit your 18 inch dolls, and as usual, I’m giving away the free sewing patterns for making these leggings as well. In the video, I mention how easy it is to cut out your … Continue reading Here’s how to sew leggings for 18 inch dolls, along with my free patterns @ ChellyWood.com #SewingProjects #DollClothesPatterns

This is a thumbnail image with a turquoise blue background and the words "free pattern" over the top of a photo of an 18 inch little girl doll wearing a purple sleeveless felt crop top shirt with a barely visible jersey fabric skirt or pants. The ChellyWood.com logo appears in the lower left corner of the thumbnail image.

Super simple sewing tutorial for 18 inch dolls: felt crop top with free patterns @ ChellyWood.com #LearningToSew #DollClothesPatterns

  Scroll down to the second set of bullets for the free PDF sewing patterns. Today’s sewing tutorial shows how to make a super simple crop top out of craft felt for an 18 inch doll. It’s an ideal sewing tutorial for anyone who’s teaching a child to sew or learning how to sew for themselves. My cousin, who runs the YouTube channel ASMR Tingle … Continue reading Super simple sewing tutorial for 18 inch dolls: felt crop top with free patterns @ ChellyWood.com #LearningToSew #DollClothesPatterns

A square cotton fabric background with tiny white polka dots surrounds the image of a short-sleeved white cotton shirt dotted with teeny-tiny multi-colored daisy-shaped flowers. Over the top of the shirt, tilted to the left, are the words "free pattern" and in the lower left corner, is a logo for ChellyWood.com, a website that offers free printable PDF sewing patterns to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.

Sew a V-neck shirt with short sleeves for vintage Ideal Velvet dolls w/today’s free patterns @ ChellyWood.com #ToyCollector #DollClothes

Scroll down to the second set of bullets for the free PDF sewing patterns. You may recognize today’s shirt pattern. I first posted it as part of my Wellie Wisher’s “scrubs” doll clothing set. Velvet is shown below wearing that set, which is still available on this page, if you want to make her a pair of cropped pants to go with the grey version … Continue reading Sew a V-neck shirt with short sleeves for vintage Ideal Velvet dolls w/today’s free patterns @ ChellyWood.com #ToyCollector #DollClothes