The image shows a doll craft fair booth with a Madame Alexander doll seated in a seemingly hand-made wicker chair in a doll-sized diorama with a tiny train, a Christmas tree, and a fireplace framed by Christmas stockings. The overlay says, "Craft Fair Booth." The URL associated with this image is ChellyWood.com and this image is the header for a YouTube video in which doll clothing designer Chelly Wood shares with you a few tips and tricks to help you build a successful and inventive craft fair booth for selling handmade items like doll clothes and miniatures.

Craft Fair Preparations Part 4: How to Build a #CraftShow Booth with #Dolls and #Dioramas

PART 4: How to Build a Craft Show Booth  Last weekend I participated in a craft fair, and throughout this week, I’ve been posting tips for anyone else who would like to do a craft show, doll-and-bear show, or even a booth at a swap meet where you could sell your handmade things. My friend Dodi was my booth partner. She’s the owner of Dodi’s … Continue reading Craft Fair Preparations Part 4: How to Build a #CraftShow Booth with #Dolls and #Dioramas

The image shows the real Chelly Wood, holding a Strawberry Shortcake doll that she has cleaned and re-done after finding it in terrible condition at her local second hand store. She stands before her booth at a craft fair in Idaho where she advertised her website, ChellyWood.com (a free doll clothes sewing pattern website).

Craft Fair Preparations Part 2: Craft Show Checklist — what to bring to sell your #handmade #dollcrafts at a #craftshow

PART 2: What’s on my Craft Fair / Craft Show Checklist? First, I need to make a disclaimer. I started typing this blog post the week before the craft fair, but after the fair was over, I did add a few things to the list. I’ve done lots of craft fairs / art shows, and it doesn’t matter how many I’ve done… I always forget … Continue reading Craft Fair Preparations Part 2: Craft Show Checklist — what to bring to sell your #handmade #dollcrafts at a #craftshow

The image shows a sign giving directions with arrows pointing in the direction of an arts and crafts fair.

Craft Fair Preparations Part 1: How to get a booth at a Craft Show #CraftFair #CraftShow #ArtShow

My followers probably aren’t aware of it, but I try to create my blog posts 1 to 2 weeks before they post. They automatically self-post at a pre-appointed time, by way of WordPress’s electronic “magic!” Like everyone else in the Blogosphere, I’ve fallen short of the mark from time to time. Occasionally my daily job as a school librarian takes me away from the fun … Continue reading Craft Fair Preparations Part 1: How to get a booth at a Craft Show #CraftFair #CraftShow #ArtShow

Where did the word “tulle” come from, and is it related to “tootle?” #FridayFollow @wayword

There’s a very thin fabric we sometimes use for doll clothes called “tulle.” In Idaho, where I live, we say this word like “tool” (like a hammer is a tool). In the video above, I explain the uses of tulle in making petticoats and tutus for doll clothes. Earlier this month, someone from Denmark left a comment below my “What Is Tulle?” video on YouTube, … Continue reading Where did the word “tulle” come from, and is it related to “tootle?” #FridayFollow @wayword

This YouTube video gives you basic instruction in how to do a baste stitch. It discusses how to baste stitch by hand, including how wide your baste stitches should be if you are pre-stitching before gathering a skirt for a doll dress. It also offers a brief suggestion for basting on a sewing machine, and how you should do some research to make sure your settings on your machine are correct for basting.

Sewing Basics: How to do a baste stitch before gathering when #sewing #dollclothes

This brief video explains the basics of basting. In this tutorial, you’ll learn approximately how far apart your baste stitches should be spaced when you’re sewing doll clothes. In addition to demonstrating the baste stitch when done by hand, it also talks about basting on a sewing machine. Remember that my patterns and tutorials are free under the Creative Commons Attribution mark, so if you’re … Continue reading Sewing Basics: How to do a baste stitch before gathering when #sewing #dollclothes

How to make #darts when designing an #EasySew #Felt #doll’s bodice

  Today’s video tutorial is original and all-new! Yes, I’ve been on vacation, so I’ve sort of put my blog on back-burner for a while. But today I’m showing you something new and wonderful! It’s a tutorial that gives you a brief taste of the methods I use for designing simple bodices, including how I design the darts. Sewists — followers on this blog especially … Continue reading How to make #darts when designing an #EasySew #Felt #doll’s bodice

The image shows a green piece of felt with a Dritz snap on it. The snap is being sewn on using a needle and thread. A person's thumbnail is included in the picture to demonstrate the tiny size of the snap. The overlay says, "How to Sew Snaps on Doll Clothes" and offers the URL ChellyWood.com where one can find this and many other free youtube tutorials on the topic of sewing doll clothes (including a number of tips and trips). ChellyWood.com is a website that offers free printable sewing patterns for doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and sizes.

How to #Sew #Dritz Snaps on #Dolls’ Clothes @ ChellyWood.com

The doll clothes pictured in this video are some I’ve been working with to re-design and re-develop lately. So watch for more on that! This is a re-post of one of the tutorials that is often mentioned in my videos. I’m re-posting it because I’m actually on vacation right now. Want to follow my vacation online? If I have any sewing adventures to share, I’ll … Continue reading How to #Sew #Dritz Snaps on #Dolls’ Clothes @ ChellyWood.com

Image of needle and thread with overlaid words "Backstitch Tutorial" and "ChellyWood.com"

Use the #Backstitch when #sewing by hand @ ChellyWood.com

Here we have a tutorial for the backstitch. I love this stitch because it’s so versatile and easy to create! When you see me sewing by hand in my videos, I’m almost always using the backstitch. This is a re-post of one of the tutorials that is often mentioned in my videos. I’m re-posting it because I’m actually on vacation right now. Want to follow … Continue reading Use the #Backstitch when #sewing by hand @ ChellyWood.com

#SewingBlogger Thursday: How to Use Ribbon With Doll Projects

Have you ever finished sewing a doll dress and decided your finished product seemed to be missing something? Perhaps that something was a ribbon! As you’ll see in this video, there are lots of great uses for ribbons when sewing doll clothes. Some are functional parts of the garment, and others are just there to add a little splash of color to an otherwise too-simple … Continue reading #SewingBlogger Thursday: How to Use Ribbon With Doll Projects

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.

#FridayFollow: @lovetosewpod @BlackbirdFabric @helens__closet (on Instagram)

I have a new 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 … Continue reading #FridayFollow: @lovetosewpod @BlackbirdFabric @helens__closet (on Instagram)

Image shows the top section of a knife-pleat skirt for 28 inch Barbie dolls. On the pattern it also shows Crissy dolls, American Girl dolls, and 18 inch Madame Alexander dolls wearing the same argyle skirt with knife pleats that was made using this pattern.

#PDFpattern Wednesday: download a free skirt pattern for 28-inch Barbie #dolls @ ChellyWood.com

As promised, here are the patterns you’ll need to make the argyle skirt with knife pleats that we saw in Monday’s post and yesterday’s post: FREE PDF download of argyle skirt pattern with knife pleats MS Word version of argyle skirt pattern with knife pleats This week’s patterns are sort of a long set of patterns, equaling four pages of patterns. Please note that the … Continue reading #PDFpattern Wednesday: download a free skirt pattern for 28-inch Barbie #dolls @ ChellyWood.com

The image shows a swirling cluster of vines which are actually part of a wedding dress image from iClipart. At the bottom of the image is the website URL and company logo for ChellyWood.com, a website that offers free, printable sewing patterns and tutorial videos that show you how to make doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and sizes including but not limited various sizes of Barbie dolls, American Girl dolls, and more. The doll clothes patterns are free and printable, easy to find, and easy to sew even for beginners and children.

#DollClothes #Sewing Pattern Blog Gets a #Holiday #MakeOver @ ChellyWood.com

As most of my regular followers have already noticed, the face of my blog, ChellyWood.com, has changed. I’ve tried to update the blog to offer a more user-friendly approach for those of you who are using mobile devices. What motivated this change? At some point, I had uploaded well over 100 images with links to my free doll clothes patterns in the main Gallery Page, … Continue reading #DollClothes #Sewing Pattern Blog Gets a #Holiday #MakeOver @ ChellyWood.com