Chelly’s Books

Image shows an OOAK doll that has been fashioned to represent the doll clothes designer, Chelly Wood, of ChellyWood.com. The doll, with her grey hair and blue glasses, sits in a wicker chair. She wears a hand-made apron and simple doll clothes that have been handmade. She holds a tiny 1:6 scale book that she appears to be reading. On the wall behind her are paintings representing the famous Shakespeare play, Romeo and Juliet. Beside her is a 1:6 scale tea set decorated with roses. The tea set rests atop a wicker side table. Next to that is a large cabinet filled with books of all kinds in 1:6 scale. One of the shelves also houses the bust of William Shakespeare, which measures about 2 cm tall (approximately half an inch). The doll appears to be engrossed in the book she's reading. At the bottom of the 1:6 scale doll diorama is the URL and watermark that states, "ChellyWood.com: Free doll clothes patterns and tutorials."

Please visit ChellyWood.com for free printable sewing patterns and tutorials for making dolls’ clothes for dolls of many shapes and sizes.

In my day job, I’m a school librarian, but in addition to running this website, I also write books.

People online have asked me, “Why do you give away your doll clothes patterns? Why not sell them instead?”

I have two reasons for this.

First, when I die and meet my maker (hopefully quite some time from now), I want to leave behind a significant legacy: an online free-access library of doll clothes patterns to fit dolls of many shapes and sizes, and knowledge of how to sew doll clothes that will inspire creativity in others for many generations to come.

Second, through the publication of the books I write, I want to earn enough money to make a positive difference in the world, by donating ten percent of my proceeds to charities that support scholarships for underprivileged youth, like the Be A Leader FoundationChicanos Por La Causa, and NALCAB.

The former CEO of Chicanos Por La Causa, was my uncle, Pete Garcia. Sadly, he passed away in May of 2017, but over the years, I’ve watched him work in philanthropic endeavors. He and his family lived humbly, in a middle-class home, but the charity he worked for gave millions of dollars to worthy causes, like scholarships for Latino teens. I want to be able to make a positive difference like my uncle did, through the charitable donations I can give to scholarship funding.

Free patterns are a platform from which I can let the public learn who I am. That way, when my books are published, readers will already be familiar with my name. Eventually, I’d like to place the cover art for my books on each of my free patterns and add a brief book blurb to my tutorial videos. That will help spread the word that my books exist and are available for sale.

People who enjoy my free patterns may also want to buy my books, just to show their support for my free pattern website–although I really hope they enjoy reading them too!

So I give away my patterns, in the hope that one day my followers will share my passion for education, buy one of my books, and in doing so, help to support the youth of America with funding for scholarships.

I love working as a school librarian, and in my library, I see how people benefit from all the educational tools that are available through the internet (including free tutorials and free patterns). More than anything, I want to make a positive difference in the world.

Sharing my passion and talent for sewing is one great way to do that. Writing books that inspire young people is another. Donating to organizations that offer scholarships is yet another, and I have been donating ten percent of the proceeds from the ads on this website to charitable education-related causes as just a small start. But I’d like to do even more.

Do I need to sell my patterns? Not really. My job as a librarian is enough for me. It brings me joy to connect people to learning tools. Yes, I do hope to become a published writer, and I do hope my books will sell. But more importantly, I want to contribute to a world-wide learning community. God willing, I will always find a good cause (preferably an education-related one) with which to share my financial and intellectual blessings.

And that’s why I give my doll clothes patterns away for free.

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13 thoughts on “Chelly’s Books

  1. Thank you so much for your generosity and kindness!! Really appreciate your doll patterns, videos, and time spent to upload and share this with everyone on the web.

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  2. Wonderful! I love your generous spirit and hope you have success. It’s refreshing to find someone who wants to share unselfishly. Plan to print & sew for Lammily.

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  3. I really appreciate your website and you offering your patterns for free. So cold out and wanted to stay in and found your website. My granddaughter needs Ken’s clothes! Thank you so very much and good luck with all that you are doing for others!

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    • We’re also experiencing the Snowpocalypse where I live, Laura. I’ve been staying indoors, sewing, and working on writing projects. Sometimes cold weather can be a good reason to have a little indoor fun!

      Glad you’re enjoying my patterns!

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  4. Wow! I can’t believe I have finally found free for real free doll patterns. And it is 1 :30 am.
    I have been searching all day and even printed something out. After trying really hard with my 8 years old daughter, the dress won’t fit the dolly.
    But your is brilliant, free patterns and tutorials explained in easy steps. I can’t wait to tell my little girl when she wakes up.
    Your words are inspiring. When you will be meeting your maker, he will be delighted to meet you too.
    You are not just giving something for free but you are giving a start to little girls dreams who one day would love to share their dreams.Well donne for this!
    I wish you all the best and may you achieve the highest of heaven!

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  5. Thank you for making Ken pat tern available for free. I have a granddaughter that really needs Ken clothes and I sew and it is cheaper than buy clothes for her barbie dolls.

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