Chelly’s Books

Insert TitlePeople 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.

Second, when my books are released, I want to earn enough money to make a positive difference in the world, by donating ten percent of the proceeds to The Victoria Foundation of Arizona. 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.

The charity I mentioned will one day benefit from the sales of my books as well. The founder of The Victoria Foundation, Pete Garcia, was my uncle. 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 their charity gave millions of dollars to worthy causes. That’s how I know his organization is one I can trust. The Victoria Foundation of Arizona provides scholarships to the Latino community among other charitable projects.

Both my completed YA novel and the children’s book projects I’ve been working on have Latina main characters, and being a teacher-turned-librarian who works in a largely Hispanic community, I see the need for more books with Latina characters. During the 20+ years that I’ve been teaching English, whenever I would take my students to the library, the girls would describe the kinds of books they loved. I could find such a book for each girl, but they never had Latina protagonists. So I wrote the books my students really, really, really wanted to read.

I will donate ten percent of the proceeds from my books to The Victoria Foundation of Arizona because I educate Latinos, and I know, first-hand, there is a need for scholarships.

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 Victoria Foundation with funding for scholarships.

If by some great fluke of the universe, the books I write should prosper, I will continue to offer free patterns, free sewing tutorials, and I will always find a good cause (preferably an education-related one) to share my financial blessings. More than anything, I want to make a positive difference in the world. Sharing my passion for sewing, free of charge, is one great way to do that.

UPDATE: In January, 2017, I donated $30.00 to The Victoria Foundation of Arizona, since I had earned $300.00 in royalties from my YouTube videos.

UPDATE: In October, 2015, the Lammily LLC doll company contacted me, asking me to design some winter clothes for their lovely doll. I accepted their offer, and now you can purchase Chelly Wood’s winter ensemble patterns for your Lammily dolls. As this was a paid venture, I donated a keyboard to Mr. McCarty’s music classes at Wendell School District in Wendell, Idaho. Here’s a picture of a few of his students with their new keyboard:

Image of students holding up a keyboard.

November, 2015: Chelly Wood donated a keyboard to Mr. McCarty’s music classes at Wendell School District, in Wendell, Idaho.

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9 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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