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. I’m currently writing a book that will show you how to design your own doll clothes patterns, just like I do.

If you’re a publisher who is interested in publishing my book, you can find out more about how to contact my literary agent on the About the Designer page.

When I first started this blog, I intended to build a platform for publishing my books. However, this website has grown to be so much more!

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, the ads on this website help me raise a little money to keep the website running, but these funds are also used for education-related charitable causes.

In 2018, ChellyWood.com earned over $700.00 from its ads. I donated over $100 of our profits to purchasing books for the school library where I work. I also bought fabric for and sewed new aprons for the lunch staff at our school.

In 2017, I earned over $500 from ads on ChellyWood.com. I donated $50 to the Victoria Foundation of Phoenix for college scholarships to needy students.

In 2016, I earned $250 from ads, and that year I donated a new-used keyboard to a school music program.

I’d like to thank all of my followers for helping me spread the word about ChellyWood.com on social media, so that a.) I can continue to offer free patterns and b.) I can continue this charitable work.

In the coming years, I would like to send 10% of my profits to the Be A Leader FoundationChicanos Por La Causa, and NALCAB.

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 not just books, but online resources like this website too). More than anything, through this website, 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 people to sew and design their own patterns is another. Helping to fund educational programs is yet another.

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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27 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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    1. 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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  6. I really adore your site. I appreciate your videos and your free patterns and enjoy making them especially when you can sew most of them my hand. I keep you in my favorites. Thanks

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  7. I only recently got into hand sewing doll clothes because I have several second hand dolls that are currently sitting nude and I can’t crochet with thread fast enough to make them all dresses! (Plus the patterns for dolls of their size are few and rather far between, especially if I’m looking for the free ones)
    It makes me sad to think that the Monster High and Ever After High dolls have gone the way of the dinosaur (more or less) so when I stumbled upon your site here, I thought “This can’t be true! All these gorgeous patterns, for free?”
    I’ve been attempting some patterns from MyFroggyStuff on YouTube and I’m quite happy with how they’ve turned out so far, but I wanted more! When I realized your website was completely free, I knew I had hit the jackpot!

    This whole website is absolutely amazing!! Thank you so much for your generosity and wonderful patterns! I know I greatly appreciate all the work you’re doing! I’ve even given your Facebook page a like and intend to toss a follow onto your Pinterest page too, providing I don’t get lost there first HA!

    Thank you so much!
    ~ Laura ❤

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  8. Thank you for yourr very generous free patterns, I am on a very tight budget and want to make dolls house 24th scale clothes and they are very hard to find, so you smallest beauties have mad my day. I hope whilst I am looking I might find a few Ken costumes and I could start to cloth my hand made 3″ and 2.6″ dolls with maybe a few adjustments. So Thank you for your kind generisity and I will see you on facebook

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  9. reached out on FB also but appreciate your willingness to share I sew for charity and support children living on Pine Ridge Reservation both in gifting at holidays and in the classrooms looking for the Barbie capri download Thx Elaine

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  10. Found you quite by chance, while looking for a Wellie Wishers doll. What a fabulous resource you have put together for dolly seamstresses of all levels of experience and ages. If you don’t mind, I would like to place a link to your website on my blog so my readers can find you.

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