On a square purple cotton background, we see the words "How to alter doll clothes patterns is live" and a bright pink arrow points at a scene from Chelly Wood's class on how to alter doll clothes patterns.

YAY! You can sign up for my class on Creative Spark! #DollClothes #DesignClass

  As you can see by the “official announcement” video above, my Creative Spark class, “How to Alter Doll Clothes Patterns” is now live on the Creative Spark platform. You can sign up any time you want! And don’t panic if it seems like too much to add to your plate right now — sometimes our lives get really busy. I totally understand. But for … Continue reading YAY! You can sign up for my class on Creative Spark! #DollClothes #DesignClass

On a fabric background (purple with white polka dots) we read the words "how to repair and store old patterns" along with the Chelly Wood dot com logo. Beside these is a photo of a woman's hand repairing an old doll dress pattern.

How to Repair and Store Old Patterns

This week I’m working to finalize my class with my editor at Creative Spark, so hang in there! The class is almost ready! Today I’m giving you a little sneak peek of what we’ll be learning in my upcoming class, on Creative Spark’s website. So watch today’s video clear to the end, where I talk about what my Creative Spark class will offer. In case … Continue reading How to Repair and Store Old Patterns

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Helpful Tips and FAQ’s for People Who Love to Sew for Dolls #DollClothes #SewingTips

It has been about 4 years since I published my “Frequently Asked Questions” page (i.e. FAQ’s), and since I’m doing a series of re-posts while I take time off to make my Creative Spark class, I thought you might enjoy seeing this page. It’s filled with helpful information for those of us who love to sew for dolls! If you click on the question, it … Continue reading Helpful Tips and FAQ’s for People Who Love to Sew for Dolls #DollClothes #SewingTips

On a turquoise blue linen background, we read the words "Halloween costume contest" with a white arrow pointing down at a row of photographs of different dolls wearing various Halloween costumes including (left to right) a cat costume, a ghost costume, a witch costume, a Renaissance bard costume, and a cactus costume. In the upper right hand corner of the square image is the logo for ChellyWood.com

Let’s have a Halloween costume contest for dolls! Join the fun @ ChellyWood.com #CostumeContest #DollClothes

During the month of October, I’ve been giving you lots of free, printable PDF sewing patterns for making Halloween costumes for dolls of many shapes and all different sizes. Let’s look back over the month to see what we’ve created! Watch the video at the top of the page, and then use the form below to cast a vote for your favorite Halloween costume for … Continue reading Let’s have a Halloween costume contest for dolls! Join the fun @ ChellyWood.com #CostumeContest #DollClothes

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Sew a Pair of Converse Style Sneakers for Dolls w/Today’s Free PDF Patterns #ConverseSneakers #DollClothes

Please scroll down for the free printable PDF sewing pattern and links to any additional relevant tutorial videos. Today’s free PDF sewing pattern for a Converse-style sneaker can fit on Ken dolls, the beach Barbies with really large feet, Lammily dolls, and Spin Master Jake dolls. As you can see, I’ve had a lot of fun taking pictures of Ken and Lammily in their handmade … Continue reading Sew a Pair of Converse Style Sneakers for Dolls w/Today’s Free PDF Patterns #ConverseSneakers #DollClothes

The heading, "Teach a Child to Sew" floats above a vintage image of a woman sewing with her son looking bored in the background (Victorian era image).

5 Tips for Teaching a Child to Sew @ ChellyWood.com #LearningToSew #DollClothes

  When my children were little, we often did holiday crafts and even made our own Christmas gifts at this time of year. So I thought it was a good time to re-post my tips for teaching children how to sew. This blog post entitled, “Helpful Tutorial Videos for Sewing Basics” has a collection of tutorials for beginners. You may find these tutorials helpful, if … Continue reading 5 Tips for Teaching a Child to Sew @ ChellyWood.com #LearningToSew #DollClothes

Sew a Skirt for Stacie (Barbie’s Little Sister) with Today’s FREE Patterns #Sewing #DollClothes

Please scroll down to the second set of bullets for the free printable PDF sewing pattern and links to any additional relevant tutorial videos. Today I’m giving you the pattern for the whole outfit at the top of the blog post, and a new tutorial video showing you how to make the leaf-print below-the-knee skirt. Here’s today’s super easy-to-sew tutorial for making the skirt: The … Continue reading Sew a Skirt for Stacie (Barbie’s Little Sister) with Today’s FREE Patterns #Sewing #DollClothes

On a turquoise blue square of linen fabric, we see a photograph of a small tan bear wearing a cute red hat with a turned-up brim. The overlay says "free patterns" and the watermark reminds us to go to ChellyWood.com for free printable PDF sewing patterns for making the stuffed animal shown here, along with his Paddington-bear-like hat.

Make a bear with a Paddington-like hat at ChellyWood.com #PaddingtonBear #FreePatterns #DollClothes

Please scroll down to the second set of bullets for the free printable PDF sewing pattern and links to any additional relevant tutorial videos. How cute is this little fellow? My best friend’s daughter is pregnant, and she wanted books for her baby shower. So of course, I bought her the full set of Paddington Bear books to go with this little Paddington look-alike that … Continue reading Make a bear with a Paddington-like hat at ChellyWood.com #PaddingtonBear #FreePatterns #DollClothes

Here we see the Breyer Rider called "Veterinarian Laura" riding "Snowball" in a winter scene. She holds a lead rope and her horse wears a tan bridle with a tan saddle. The overlay says, "DIY saddle and bridle" and reminds us that this image comes from Chelly Wood dot com (using the watermark image for that website).

Let’s make a saddle and halter for Breyer Horses! #ModelHorse #Crafts

Please scroll down to the bullets for links to the tutorial videos. Years ago, when my oldest daughter was in middle school, she loved Breyer model horses. She followed in her mother’s footsteps and enjoyed sewing for her Breyer Rider dolls, and she also made lovely blankets for her horses. But I had forgotten until recently that she also made some tutorials on how to … Continue reading Let’s make a saddle and halter for Breyer Horses! #ModelHorse #Crafts

The image shows a needle and thread hovering over a swatch of heart-shaped lace. The overlay says, "Sewing with lace" and this header leads to a tutorial video that explains the many types of lace and what they are used for when sewing doll clothes.

Sewing doll clothes with lace @ ChellyWood.com #Handmade #DollClothes

This week’s video is just an overview of lace. It demonstrates what different types of lace look like, how they are used, and offers advice on shopping for lace. Yesterday I gave you the free pattern for a pioneer dress trimmed in lace, and you’ll see that dress in today’s video. If you’re looking for a place to buy lace trim in miniature for your … Continue reading Sewing doll clothes with lace @ ChellyWood.com #Handmade #DollClothes

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Let’s Get Crafty! @ ChellyWood.com #FreePatterns and #CraftTutorials

Click on the links below to access the craft advice, free patterns, and crafty tutorial videos that interest you: Buyer’s Guide Chelly’s Class on Doll Clothes Pattern Design Techniques Dioramas and Miniatures Doll Play Videos Doll Sandals, Shoes, and Boots Fan Mail Holiday Crafts Links Measurements Paper Crafts Pillows Pincushions Plush Toys Selling Your Crafts Sewing Tips Vintage and Collectible Patterns Yarn and Embroidery Continue reading Let’s Get Crafty! @ ChellyWood.com #FreePatterns and #CraftTutorials

The image shows a sewing machine that says "Let's learn" at its base, followed by the words, "how to pull elastic through a casing." The image a the right shows a woman's fingers holding a piece of elastic with a safety pin attached to one end. This image comes from ChellyWood.com

How to pull elastic through a waistband casing… #sewing #dollclothes

A lot of my free printable doll clothes patterns use an elastic waistband, which requires that you understand how to create a casing and how to pull elastic through that waistband’s casing. For your convenience, I’ve created a tutorial video showing you, one step and a time, how to sew a casing and how to pull elastic through the casing of a doll’s garment’s waistband. … Continue reading How to pull elastic through a waistband casing… #sewing #dollclothes