The image shows a blue frame surrounding the words "museum tour" and the Chelly Wood dot com logo, alongside a photo of a Petite Barbie doll staring at a bust of an African man wearing impressing garb.

Pictures from my trip to Paris and the museums I visited #ParisTrip #AmWriting

Today’s video is a break from my normal routine. Back in 2014, my daughter and I took a trip to Paris. I took these photos in museums all around Paris, and now I thought it might be fun to upload them and see what you think. Feel free to leave comments and/or suggestions. Should I have narrated, or was it fun to just look at … Continue reading Pictures from my trip to Paris and the museums I visited #ParisTrip #AmWriting

A blue frame surrounds a photo of a blond Strawberry Shortcake character doll who is modeling a white shirt and black mini skirt that were designed by Chelly Wood. The overlay says "free pattern" and the Chelly Wood dot com logo appears in the lower right corner.

Sew a party skirt and top for Strawberry Shortcake and other 5 to 6 inch dolls w/today’s free PDF sewing patterns @ ChellyWood.com #Miniatures #DollClothesPatterns

Are you looking for the patterns? Scroll down to the second set of bullets. Today’s project is relatively simple to make, even for those of you who are just learning to sew. Because this mini skirt is so small, you’ll need to use elastic cord instead of braided elastic. With elastic cord, you don’t need to run a safety pin through the casing, like I show … Continue reading Sew a party skirt and top for Strawberry Shortcake and other 5 to 6 inch dolls w/today’s free PDF sewing patterns @ ChellyWood.com #Miniatures #DollClothesPatterns

The image shows a handmade oven hot pad, sewn using holiday printed fabric, which can be purchased online at StayWellHealthFoods.com

Where do you sell your handmade items? #CraftFair #Handmade

This past holiday season, it occurred to me that my pot holders — many of which are 10 years old or older — were starting to look pretty shabby. I was thinking about buying myself some new ones, when I wandered into my local health food store, Stay Well Health Foods, and discovered that handmade goods were being sold there. They had hand-knitted scarves and … Continue reading Where do you sell your handmade items? #CraftFair #Handmade

The image shows a close up of the McCall's 9449 small baby and toddler doll pattern published in 1968. This image was part of a vintage pattern discussion on the ChellyWood.com website on Martin Luther King Day, in January of 2023. The patterns were shown to fit modern-day baby alive dolls.

Experimenting with vintage McCall’s doll wardrobe pattern 9449 and Baby Alive for #MLKday #DollClothesPatterns

I think it was last year, for Martin Luther King Day — or perhaps it was for Black History Month — I talked about how rare it is to find vintage patterns with representation of African American dolls on the envelope’s cover art. Click here to go back and read that article. This year, as a follow-up to that blog post, I decided to actually … Continue reading Experimenting with vintage McCall’s doll wardrobe pattern 9449 and Baby Alive for #MLKday #DollClothesPatterns

Sewing machine image on a turquoise blue background with sewing accoutrements.

Which New Year’s resolutions did I accomplish in 2022? #NewYearsResolutions #DollClothesPatterns

Everybody’s busy making resolutions for the upcoming year, but today I’m going to reflect on the resolutions I set back in 2022. What was I able to accomplish? My Strawberry Shortcake 11 inch doll, which I bought at a second hand store and restored from her earlier state of disarray, now has her own gallery, here on ChellyWood.com, so that was an accomplishment for 2022! … Continue reading Which New Year’s resolutions did I accomplish in 2022? #NewYearsResolutions #DollClothesPatterns

Inside a purple cotton fabric with tiny white polka dots, we read the white text "free pattern" and below this, we see the Chelly Wood dot com logo. These texts are next to a photo of a Monster High Draculaura doll modeling a handmade A-line dress with a flared skirt and darts for the bodice. It's a sleeveless dress made of burgundy cotton decorated in swirling vines of a lighter shade of burgundy or maroon. The doll wears velvet boots.

How to use old quilt squares for tiny doll clothes @ ChellyWood.com #AmSewing #DollClothesPatterns

For your free pattern and tutorial video, please scroll down to the second set of bullets. Yesterday we talked about how I was able to use a weirdly-shaped scrap of fabric to create a lining for the holiday holly dress that my Ever After High doll was wearing. Along the same lines, today I’m going to share how I used an unwanted quilt square to … Continue reading How to use old quilt squares for tiny doll clothes @ ChellyWood.com #AmSewing #DollClothesPatterns

The image shows a close-up of a Barbie doll's tummy with a tie-style belt wrapped around her waist. She's wearing a pink bathrobe under the belt. The text says, "DIY Belt" and the whole image plus text is overlaid on top of a purple cotton background with tiny white polka dots. The Chelly Wood dot com logo appears in one corner.

Instructions for Making a Doll’s Belt from Bias Tape @ ChellyWood.com #DIYprojects #DollClothesPatterns

Today’s video offers simple, easy-to-follow instructions for making a doll’s wrap-around tie-style belt to fit Mattel’s Barbie dolls and similar-sized dolls. It’s a follow-up to the pajamas and bathrobe project that you can find when you click here. Here’s an image of that project: As you can see, the bathrobe has pockets! So be sure to click here, to go back and learn how to … Continue reading Instructions for Making a Doll’s Belt from Bias Tape @ ChellyWood.com #DIYprojects #DollClothesPatterns

The image shows a floral frame around the words "Happy 2023" on a pastel background.

Submit Questions to Doll Play Video YouTube Channel “Unicorn Rainbows” #FunStuff #QandA

Disclaimer: the video above is not one of Chelly Wood’s videos, and Chelly is not affiliated with the Unicorn Rainbows Toys & Dolls YouTube channel. Recently the YouTubers at Unicorn Rainbows Toys and Dolls left a kind comment on one of my videos. Out of curiosity, I visited their YouTube channel and discovered all the amazing videos they are making. Go check out their YouTube … Continue reading Submit Questions to Doll Play Video YouTube Channel “Unicorn Rainbows” #FunStuff #QandA

Surrounded by turquoise blue fabric, we read the words "free pattern" angled near a photo of an Everafter High doll wearing a handmade Christmas dress with red rick rack trim. The Chelly Wood dot com logo appears under the words "free pattern."

How to use misshapen fabric scraps for tiny doll clothes @ ChellyWood.com #SewingTips #DollClothesPatterns

For your free pattern and tutorial video, please scroll down to the second set of bullets. Last week we saw the little A-line dress shown above on a Ginny Weasley doll from the Harry Potter doll line that Mattel put out in 2018. Today I’ve used the same dress pattern to make this little holiday dress for my Ever After High doll. And of course, … Continue reading How to use misshapen fabric scraps for tiny doll clothes @ ChellyWood.com #SewingTips #DollClothesPatterns

Framed by a purple and turquoise blue quilt, we see the Simplicity 1372 doll clothes pattern, which fits Ginny dolls (vintage Vogue Ginny) and muffy dolls, with someone's handwriting written over the top stating "1955 copyright". Also, a "spotlight" image has enlarged View 6 from the pattern, showing a close-up of a little vintage Vogue Ginny doll with a rose in her curly blond hair. The doll's arms are partly raised, and she wears a bright pink dress with tiny white polka dots, white lace trim, and a big pink ribbon (which is tied around her waist). The ChellyWood.com logo is found alongside the cover art for the Simplicity 1372 doll clothes patterns envelope.

What doll clothes patterns do you remember fondly from long ago? #SewingChat #DollClothesPatterns

I keep a PO Box for my ChellyWood.com business, and just imagine my surprise when I opened up my post office box and found vintage Ginny doll clothes wardrobe pattern, Simplicity 1372, waiting inside! This Christmas will be the first year my husband and I will be spending the holidays alone (without our two grown children) in more than 20 years. I was worried that … Continue reading What doll clothes patterns do you remember fondly from long ago? #SewingChat #DollClothesPatterns

In a quilted purple and blue frame, we see an image of a Barbie wearing a handmade felt hat and coat of matching purple felt. Behind the Barbie is Simplicity doll clothes sewing pattern number 7601 with an enlargement focusing on the hat and coat from the pattern. The ChellyWood dot com logo appears at the side of the image.

How to cut out a Barbie doll clothes sewing pattern Part 5 (How do you cut it?) #SewingForBeginners #DollClothesPatterns #Sewing

Last week, we were learning how to cut out a Barbie doll clothes sewing pattern. I’m continuing that train of thought in today’s blog post, which reviews the cutting steps and adds a few details. When you’re getting ready to cut out your doll clothes patterns, it can be very helpful to see which garment pieces will need two identical pieces cut. For these, you … Continue reading How to cut out a Barbie doll clothes sewing pattern Part 5 (How do you cut it?) #SewingForBeginners #DollClothesPatterns #Sewing

Here we see blue fabric with multi-colored (yellow, turquoise, lime green, and navy) polka dots. A doll's jacket pattern has been laid on top of the blue mulit-polka-dot fabric. The obvious instructions on this jacket pattern is a giant two-headed arrow, running north-and-south along the front of the jacket.

How to cut out a Barbie doll clothes sewing pattern Part 3 (What do the arrows mean?) #Fabric #DollClothesPatterns #Sewing

Do you see that double-headed arrow, which runs north-and-south on my Barbie coat pattern from the Simplicity 7601 doll clothes sewing patterns? When people first start sewing, a lot of times they have no idea what that arrow means. Its officially called a grainline arrow, but my mom and grandma always called it the “nap arrow.” It lets you know how to align your doll … Continue reading How to cut out a Barbie doll clothes sewing pattern Part 3 (What do the arrows mean?) #Fabric #DollClothesPatterns #Sewing