Framed by a purple and turquoise blue quilted fabric frame, we see the Chelly Wood doll standing next to a book entitled, Little Quilts, with the subtitle "all through the house" by authors Alice Berg, Mary Ellen Von Holt, and Sylvia Johnson. In one corner of the book, it also says, "designer series." This book was published by "The Patchwork Place" in 1993.

Advice for Making a Doll Quilt

In my inbox this past week, I received an email from one of my followers, asking me for advice on doll-sized quilts. The question she asked was, “[If] you were to make a doll blanket or quilt for [a 14 inch] doll, what dimensions would you suggest?” So today’s blog post is a variation on the advice I gave her over email… There’s a fantastic … Continue reading Advice for Making a Doll Quilt

The Chelly Wood dot com logo and Simplicity doll clothes and child's pajama pattern number 7841 are surrounded on all four sides by a quilted frame in fabrics that come in the colors of turquoise blue and various shades of purple.

How to make dolly-and-me pajamas with a recycled tee shirt @ ChellyWood.com #EarthFriendly #DollClothes

Recently my niece, Emily, asked me to make her a set of dolly-and-me pajamas for her Consuelo doll and herself. So I was excited to discover Simplicity “Just like you” pattern number 7841 at a second hand store near where I live. Now when I looked at the pattern for this set, I made note of the fact that it was for an 18 inch … Continue reading How to make dolly-and-me pajamas with a recycled tee shirt @ ChellyWood.com #EarthFriendly #DollClothes

Framed by a turquoise blue and purple quilt, we see the Chelly Wood dot com logo and a photo of the Chelly Wood doll (a re-painted Spin Master Liv Doll) wearing an apron and holding up Simplicity Barbie doll clothes pattern number 7601 (published in 1991).

Make Barbie a winter coat, hat, and purse with Simplicity doll clothes pattern 7601 #Sewing #DollClothes

Have a look at view 5 in the image above. Today I’m talking about Simplicity Barbie doll clothes pattern #7601, which was published in 1991. This pattern set offers a very easy winter coat pattern for all the beginner sewists out there. And although they don’t appear on the sketches on the back of the pattern, it does come with the hat and purse pictured … Continue reading Make Barbie a winter coat, hat, and purse with Simplicity doll clothes pattern 7601 #Sewing #DollClothes

Sew a wrap-around skirt for your doll, following these simple instructions @ ChellyWood.com #FreeDollClothesPatterns #DollClothes

The image above shows the Simplicity 8281 vintage sewing pattern from 1977. I’ll be using this pattern in a tutorial I plan to post this Thursday on my YouTube channel, teaching you how to organize and archive your vintage patterns. As you can see in the photo below, this pattern was definitely in need of some help: The Simplicity pattern 8281 for Barbie, Quick Curl … Continue reading Sew a wrap-around skirt for your doll, following these simple instructions @ ChellyWood.com #FreeDollClothesPatterns #DollClothes

In a quilted frame, we see the image of a Butterick vintage-style pattern for Barbie and Ken doll clothes which includes three outfits for vintage Ken dolls and three outfits for vintage Barbie dolls. The pattern number is 6668 Butterick. This image accompanies a discussion on ChellyWood.com about how sewing doll clothes is different from sewing clothes for human beings.

Sewing doll clothes is different from sewing clothes for people — Part 2 — Stitching Methods #SewingTips #DollClothes

Last Monday we talked about cutting out patterns for people’s clothes vs. cutting out patterns for doll clothes. Today I want to address how stitching methods vary from doll clothes to people’s clothes. First, the smaller the doll clothes, the more you should consider stitching by hand. I mean yes, a sewing machine is fine for 18-inch American girl dolls, but tiny little arm holes … Continue reading Sewing doll clothes is different from sewing clothes for people — Part 2 — Stitching Methods #SewingTips #DollClothes

In a quilted frame, we see the image of a Butterick vintage-style pattern for Barbie and Ken doll clothes which includes three outfits for vintage Ken dolls and three outfits for vintage Barbie dolls. The pattern number is 6668 Butterick. This image accompanies a discussion on ChellyWood.com about how sewing doll clothes is different from sewing clothes for human beings.

Sewing doll clothes is different from sewing clothes for people — Part 1 — Cutting Tips #SewingTips #DollClothes

Special thanks to Carolyn V. who inspired today’s topic: how sewing doll clothes is different from sewing clothes for human beings. The comment she left a couple of weeks ago was: “Chelly, I just wanted to thank you for allowing us to get free doll clothes patterns & tutorials. Doll clothes are sewn completely different from ‘people’ clothes (or, at least the way I was … Continue reading Sewing doll clothes is different from sewing clothes for people — Part 1 — Cutting Tips #SewingTips #DollClothes

Beside the ChellyWood.com logo, we see a vintage doll clothes pattern for Betsy Wetsy dolls: Simplicity Pattern #5730.

The Benefits and Drawbacks of Using Felt for #DollClothes #SewingProjects

Today I’m sharing with you my vintage Betsy Wetsy 16 inch baby doll clothes pattern #5730 from Simplicity. This is an adorable little pattern with so much to offer! But if you read the back of the pattern, none of the suggested fabrics include felt: Personally, I can’t imagine why this pattern wouldn’t suggest felt for use with the baby bunting (View 5), the little … Continue reading The Benefits and Drawbacks of Using Felt for #DollClothes #SewingProjects

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

A quilted frame surrounds Simplicity Tressy Doll Clothes Pattern 5731 (Copyright 1964) along with the Chelly Wood dot com logo.

What ever happened to Tressy dolls? #ToyCollector #DollClothes

In the image above, I’m holding up a Tressy doll wardrobe pattern, published by Simplicity in 1964. As you can see in the list offered on the back of the pattern (see below), these patterns will also fit Barbie: But my gosh! Look at the list of dolls that can swap clothes with Tressy! So today I’m asking, not only what ever happened to Tressy … Continue reading What ever happened to Tressy dolls? #ToyCollector #DollClothes

An apron is a simple Christmas gift to make. You can usually whip one up in a couple of hours. On ChellyWood.com, the doll clothing designer, Chelly Wood, offers advice for making aprons for the whole family for Christmas. This image shows a quilted background with the photo of Simplicity Apron pattern 2691, showing an apron with a pocket and contrasting colors of fabric, along with a quilt-look table runner and a placemat pattern. Visit ChellyWood.com to join the chat.

How to Sew Apron Ties — Aprons make great Christmas gifts for the whole family! #HolidaySewingProjects

Maybe you’ve been thinking about sewing an apron for each of your family members as Christmas gifts. They don’t take long to make. Simplicity apron pattern number 2691 is a simple pattern to follow. It comes with a table runner and placemats, and although it was published in 2009, it’s a timeless shape and design. What most people struggle with are those apron ties, so … Continue reading How to Sew Apron Ties — Aprons make great Christmas gifts for the whole family! #HolidaySewingProjects

The image shows Simplicity teen fashion pattern number 5390 from 1981 surrounded by a quilted frame and the ChellyWood.com logo.

What “people clothes” have inspired your doll clothes? #SewingPatterns #DollClothes

The image above shows Simplicity pattern number 5390, which was published in 1981. I would have been 14 years old when I bought this. The Simplicity 5390 pattern brings to mind my earliest memories of sewing “people clothes” for myself. I believe I made every single outfit shown on the cover of the pattern… except maybe the pants — and I may have made them … Continue reading What “people clothes” have inspired your doll clothes? #SewingPatterns #DollClothes