A purple and turquoise quilt frame surrounds the Chelly Wood website logo and a black and white image of a child's stick horse toy.

How to Make a Stick Horse with Pattern Suggestion #ChristmasGiftIdeas #SewingProjects

When my girls were little I made them stick horses for Christmas, and I used this Vogue pattern #7603. The pattern was originally intended for making a plush horse to fit 18 inch dolls, like American Girl, but when I found Vogue 7603 at JoAnn Fabrics, I knew this pattern would be ideal for making a pair of stick horses. The pattern calls for fake … Continue reading How to Make a Stick Horse with Pattern Suggestion #ChristmasGiftIdeas #SewingProjects

Hawaiian shirt inspiration from Simplicity doll clothes pattern 7928 #HawaiianShirt #DollClothes

Today I’m going to talk about how a pattern for one doll may inspire a pattern that I design for a different doll. Last Friday I shared my Smokey Bear pattern with you, and I explained how you can transform this pattern into a Paddington Bear look-alike. Then I displayed the project I’m currently working on: a Hawaiian shirt to fit my Paddington-like bear. See … Continue reading Hawaiian shirt inspiration from Simplicity doll clothes pattern 7928 #HawaiianShirt #DollClothes

On a turquoise blue square of linen fabric, we see a photograph of a small tan bear wearing a cute red hat with a turned-up brim. The overlay says "free patterns" and the watermark reminds us to go to ChellyWood.com for free printable PDF sewing patterns for making the stuffed animal shown here, along with his Paddington-bear-like hat.

Make a bear with a Paddington-like hat at ChellyWood.com #PaddingtonBear #FreePatterns #DollClothes

Please scroll down to the second set of bullets for the free printable PDF sewing pattern and links to any additional relevant tutorial videos. How cute is this little fellow? My best friend’s daughter is pregnant, and she wanted books for her baby shower. So of course, I bought her the full set of Paddington Bear books to go with this little Paddington look-alike that … Continue reading Make a bear with a Paddington-like hat at ChellyWood.com #PaddingtonBear #FreePatterns #DollClothes

Please visit ChellyWood.com for free printable sewing patterns for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes. This image shows the Chelly Wood doll clothes designer doll (really it's a Spin Master Liv doll that has been repainted and the hair has been re-done in grey) standing beside Simplicity Craft Pattern #2613 which shows a number of plush toys (stuffed animals) that you can make with this pattern, including an elephant, a giraffe, a pig, and a cat. This Simplicity craft pattern is no longer in production, but it can be purchased on eBay or other used pattern websites. The image accompanies a blog post with commenting discussion about children's toys, and in particular, plush toys and how children will swap doll clothes with their baby dolls and plush toys. Feel free to join the discussion at ChellyWood.com

Does your child or grandchild dress up their plush toys (stuffed animals)? Join the discussion @ ChellyWood.com #plushtoys #dollclothes

Last Christmas, I made my niece, Emily, some baby doll clothes, which she dutifully dressed her baby doll in. Then she proceeded to take the clothes off the baby doll and put them on her “Kitty” (plush toy) instead! She prefers Kitty to any other toys. But it’s hard to make doll clothes that fit Kitty without having her plush toy in my hands to … Continue reading Does your child or grandchild dress up their plush toys (stuffed animals)? Join the discussion @ ChellyWood.com #plushtoys #dollclothes

The image shows Enderman from Minecraft. This is an easy-to-sew felt cube with a free printable PDF sewing pattern, which you can download at ChellyWood.com as a PDF file. The Enderman character is trademarked, so this is an "unofficial" pattern, designed by patern designer Chelly Wood. You can make this felt Enderman character or other Minecraft characters into a foot sack, hackey sack (hacky sack) or plush toy using a simple free pattern and felt. Go to ChellyWood.com for this and other fun craft projects for boys and girls to make / sew with felt.

Sewing With Boys: Make a Minecraft (unofficial) felt character w/FREE Patterns @ ChellyWood.com #momofboys #craftymom

Yes, you’ve seen this tutorial and pattern before. I apologize for the repeat. I have some new stuff to post this week, but with the Covid-19 Lockdown, a lot of people are home with their kids right now. This free pattern offers you something fun to do with both boys and girls, and all it requires is a little felt with a needle and thread! … Continue reading Sewing With Boys: Make a Minecraft (unofficial) felt character w/FREE Patterns @ ChellyWood.com #momofboys #craftymom

The image shows a zipper pouch parrot, designed by Emily D at CriticalHitDesigns on Etsy.

Feeling inspired by this designer’s lovely parrot zipper pouch… today’s #FridayFollow or #FollowFriday

Do you ever feel totally inspired by someone else’s handmade designs? The little parrot in the image above caught my eye on Twitter recently, so I started following his designer, Emily D, who has more creative stuff available for sale on Etsy at Critical Hit Designs. As many of my regular followers know, I love to make stop motion videos with dolls, and I’ve been … Continue reading Feeling inspired by this designer’s lovely parrot zipper pouch… today’s #FridayFollow or #FollowFriday

Image shows a soft toy bear in the likeness of Smokey Bear with overlay that says "free toy bear patterns and tutorial".

FREE firefighter bear PDF patterns @ ChellyWood.com show our support for #Australia’s #FireFighters’ families

Today my daughter said, “Mom, what can we do to help the firefighters in Australia?” I immediately thought of my Firefighter Bear pattern. So here are the patterns you’ll need, if you want to make a Firefighter bear soft toy for the families of Australian firefighters: Free printable PDF sewing patterns for making a firefighter bear You may need a re-fresher on how to do … Continue reading FREE firefighter bear PDF patterns @ ChellyWood.com show our support for #Australia’s #FireFighters’ families

The image shows a baby dragon pincushion curled up into a ball as if he's sleeping. The overlay tells you where you can download the free printable sewing pattern for making this dragon pincushion: ChellyWood.com

Sew a Dragon Pincushion with FREE PDF Pattern @ ChellyWood.com #PinCushions #sewalong

How cute is this little guy? It has been a while since I posted my dragon pincushion patterns and tutorial, so it’s time to update this pattern to a free printable PDF. Here you go: Free printable PDF sewing pattern for making a dragon pincushion Tutorial video showing how to make a dragon pincushion Click here for the older JPG version of these patterns Do … Continue reading Sew a Dragon Pincushion with FREE PDF Pattern @ ChellyWood.com #PinCushions #sewalong

This image shows a variety of craft projects you can make at home by printing the free patterns and printables at ChellyWood.com and by following Chelly Wood's easy-to-follow tutorial videos. The images in this gallery screenshot include a hacky sack Minecraft cube, a paper puppet, a miniature Christmas stocking, a quilted Christmas tree ornament, a dragon pincushion, a plush bear toy, an Instagram-themed pillow, a windmill pincushion, and tea towels with personalized applique towel toppers.

Craft Project Ideas With Free Patterns (Gallery)

If you’d like to make one of the craft projects shown in this gallery, just follow these directions: Click on the photograph of the project you’d like to make. This will take you to a larger image of the photo. Beneath the larger image is a link to a blog post for all the free  patterns and tutorials you’ll need to make that project. If … Continue reading Craft Project Ideas With Free Patterns (Gallery)

This is a picture of the Chelly Wood doll at her computer. She's looking at the cover art for a doll collector's blog and meetup website. This image illustrates today's #FridayFollow recommendation.

#FridayFollow : check out @KickFireClassics for exploring classic #toys

This week on ChellyWood.com, I shared with you my footsack pattern and tutorial (showing how to make a footsack like the Hacky Sack brand of toys). Now that you’ve made one, how do you use it? Well for today’s #FridayFollow, I’m including a video tutorial made by KickFire Classics on YouTube. KickFire Classics specializes in YouTube videos that show kids how to use classic toys, … Continue reading #FridayFollow : check out @KickFireClassics for exploring classic #toys

This image is the header for a youtube tutorial video that shows you how to make a minecraft character hacky sack or footbag or footsack toy using felt and sewing needle with thread. It's an easy project for kids who love minecraft toys. The pattern is offered as a free pdf printable sewing pattern.

#SewingBlogger Thursday: #MineCraft #HackySack sewing project w/FREE Pattern

This week’s sewing project isn’t a doll clothes tutorial; it’s a craft project. We’re going to make a miniature MineCraft character cube that you can stuff like a plushie or fill with rice or beans to form a hacky sack / footbag / foot sack. This week’s free pattern is also available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store, with lesson plans for teaching “How to … Continue reading #SewingBlogger Thursday: #MineCraft #HackySack sewing project w/FREE Pattern

Image shows the fabric of a doll's face inside an embroidery hoop, with a lovely blue eye on the doll's face. All around the eye, an embroiderer has used the satin stitch to sort of "paint" the eye, its eyelashes, and an eyebrow. The stitches are very delicate and lovely. Overlay says, "How to do the satin stitch" with a watermark of "chellyWood.com"

Satin #Stitch for #Embroidery #Crafts @ ChellyWood.com

I don’t usually talk in my videos, but in this one, you get to hear my voice for once. As the tutorial’s title implies, this video demonstrates the use of the basic satin stitch, which I used for Angelina Bear’s mouth, plus the surface satin stitch, which is also very useful for creating a sort of “painted” look on a doll or soft toy’s face. … Continue reading Satin #Stitch for #Embroidery #Crafts @ ChellyWood.com