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

Please visit chellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes. The image shows the Chelly Wood doll seated at her computer. On the computer screen we see Helen and Caroline of the LoveToSew podcast on the computer screen.

What’s your favorite sewing podcast? #Sewing #FridayFollow

I have a favorite podcast: LoveToSew with Helen of Helen’s Closet and Caroline of Blackbird Fabrics! Being a school librarian in my dayjob, I love podcasts; especially podcasts that are informative and fun. LoveToSew is just that kind of podcast. They cover topics like… Sewing with knits Sewing meet-ups Sewing struggles Hand sewing Jeans making …and so much more! Their LoveToSew website is super easy to … Continue reading What’s your favorite sewing podcast? #Sewing #FridayFollow

The square turquoise-and-purple frame looks like a miniature quilt frame surrounding the image of Simplicity doll dress pattern number 4364 and the new Chelly Wood logo. Visit ChellyWood.com to read the article that accompanies this image, entitled, "What are the easiest doll dress patterns to sew?"

What are the easiest doll dress patterns to sew? #18inchDolls #DollClothes

There are several factors that contribute to the ease or difficulty in sewing a doll dress pattern. In my humble opinion, as a doll clothing designer who has been sewing for half a century, here are four factors to consider when picking out an “easy-to-sew” doll dress pattern: Pattern maker Type of skirt Sleeves Collars   Let’s talk about pattern makers. The Simplicity pattern company … Continue reading What are the easiest doll dress patterns to sew? #18inchDolls #DollClothes

This preview for a blog post about sewing basics shows a close-up of the Chelly Wood doll in her little blue apron. She stands beside her sewing room's dress form. The words in the overlay say, "Basic sewing tutorials."

Helpful Tutorial Videos for Sewing Basics #HowToSew #DollClothes

Overview: Today’s blog post is designed to give you all of my “sewing basics” tutorials in one location. That way, if you bookmark this blog post, you can swing back here, any time you need to review how to do a baste stitch or how to sew snaps on fabric, or any of my other “sewing basics” tutorial videos. By the way, many of these … Continue reading Helpful Tutorial Videos for Sewing Basics #HowToSew #DollClothes

The image shows a purple, white, and turquoise colored infographic with the title "Buyer's Gide" at the top, and the following elements listed within the text boxes of the infographic: buttons, snaps, ribbon, elastic, labels, zippers. The watermark says "ChellyWood" to remind you that you can get lots of doll clothes sewing advice and free patterns at ChellyWood.com

Buyer’s Guide for Sewing Doll Clothes #SewingTips

I’ve compiled a few questions I’ve been asked over the years, about where to buy fabric, notions, buckles, buttons, snaps, ribbon, elastic, and more. So today’s blog post will hopefully address answers to some of the more common questions I get in my inbox. This is just a list of where to buy and what to buy, but keep in mind that it’s always good … Continue reading Buyer’s Guide for Sewing Doll Clothes #SewingTips

Image shows a little doll seated at her sewing machine. Behind her is a doll-sized ironing board. Her tiny, pale blue coffee cup sits at the ready near her sewing machine. The overlay says, "ChellyWood.com free printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes."

Sewing machine advice for making tiny doll clothes @ ChellyWood.com #SewingMachines #SewingAdvice

Last week I got a great question from a follower named Jacqueline: “Hello! I’m excited to get started learning to sew Barbie & Ken clothes. What advise do you have for me to keep my sewing machine from tangling thread & bunching the fabric when sewing such small tops with light weight fabric? I can sew fleece and pant weight fabrics fine but want to … Continue reading Sewing machine advice for making tiny doll clothes @ ChellyWood.com #SewingMachines #SewingAdvice

Please vote! @ ChellyWood.com #SewingProjects #DollClothes

As I said on Wednesday last week, my agent has been in talks with C&T Publishing, and they have asked me to teach a class on their Creative Spark Online Learning platform. Last week I asked, “What type of class would you like me to teach?” but very few people left comments. So let’s try Plan B… If I offered the following classes, which one … Continue reading Please vote! @ ChellyWood.com #SewingProjects #DollClothes

Chelly Wood will be teaching a class! Please offer your ideas! @ ChellyWood.com #SewingClass #CraftClass

I have some fun and exciting news! My agent has been in talks with C&T Publishing, and they have asked me to teach a class on their Creative Spark Online Learning platform. Your input is needed, my faithful followers! What type of class would you like me to teach? Please leave a comment to help generate some ideas. Here are some thoughts I’ve had, but … Continue reading Chelly Wood will be teaching a class! Please offer your ideas! @ ChellyWood.com #SewingClass #CraftClass

Tips and tricks for beginners learning to sew: What if doll clothes don’t fit? @ ChellyWood.com #SewingTips #LearningToSew

The dress at the top of this post was supposed to have long sleeves. In fact, I was using my own “candy corn party dress” pattern, which you can see below, but the pattern didn’t fit! So this is a little bit embarrassing! After I attached the cuff to the dress’s sleeve (see image below) and sewed up the sides, I tried the bodice on … Continue reading Tips and tricks for beginners learning to sew: What if doll clothes don’t fit? @ ChellyWood.com #SewingTips #LearningToSew

Today's tutorial video explains how selvage is useful to people who sew doll clothes. This image is just a header indicating that this is a sewing tutorial for beginners.

Selvage is your friend! (A tip for fabric buying, when sewing doll clothes) @ ChellyWood.com #SewingLove #SewingTutorial

  This week I’m giving you two tutorial videos instead of the usual solo tutorial. The video at the top of this blog post will explain how I sometimes use selvage (that’s “selvedge” if you live in the UK) for my doll clothes projects, and how selvage can truly be “your friend” when buying fabric. If you want a more extensive video about how to … Continue reading Selvage is your friend! (A tip for fabric buying, when sewing doll clothes) @ ChellyWood.com #SewingLove #SewingTutorial

You are viewing a Mattel Stacie doll wearing a white handmade crop top and yellow handmade underpants. The doll appears to be doing jumping jacks with arms up in the air and legs spread wide.

What should you do when the doll clothes you’ve sewn do not fit? #DollClothes #sewing

Yes, as you can see in the image above, even I have epic fails in the world of sewing! Those undies definitely do not fit that doll! I made those underpants to go with an ensemble I’m planning to sell in my eBay store, starting tomorrow. It’s a collection of vintage and handmade doll clothes for the old Sunshine Family dolls from the 1970’s. However … Continue reading What should you do when the doll clothes you’ve sewn do not fit? #DollClothes #sewing

This image shows the Chelly Wood doll holding a tape measure next to the 6 inch Mini American Girl doll. Beside these two is a blond haired, tan-bodied made-to-move Barbie doll. All three dolls wear handmade doll clothes. They appear to be standing in a tiny sewing room, complete with a desk, a sewing machine, and other sewing-related furnishings. It looks like the dolls are about to use the tiny tape measure to take measurements of the little American Girl 6 inch doll, for a sewing project. This image accompanies a blog post for hashtag tape measure Tuesday in which we learn the specific measurements for the 6 inch American girl doll mini. The blog post for measuring a 6 inch doll is found at ChellyWood.com, and this watermark appears on the photograph of these dolls.

Tips and Tricks for Teaching Kids to Sew w/Doll Clothing Designer Chelly Wood @ ChellyWood.com #AfterChristmas #familyfun

It’s that time of year again. You got your child/grandchild a new doll for Christmas, and now the doll needs a wardrobe. What better incentive to start some sewing lessons? So here are a few tips and tricks to teaching a child how to sew: Have young children begin sewing with felt. It’s much more forgiving than cotton and inexpensive when they make mistakes. Begin … Continue reading Tips and Tricks for Teaching Kids to Sew w/Doll Clothing Designer Chelly Wood @ ChellyWood.com #AfterChristmas #familyfun