Image shows a little doll seated at her sewing machine. Behind her is a doll-sized ironing board. Her tiny, pale blue coffee cup sits at the ready near her sewing machine. The overlay says, "ChellyWood.com free printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes."

Helpful sewing tutorial video links for people learning to sew @ ChellyWood.com #HolidayGiftIdeas #SewingByHand

  My regular followers know that beneath each of my YouTube videos, there are links to a number of videos like this “How to Whipstitch” tutorial. These “basic stitchery” tutorials are designed to help you understand terms and concepts within each tutorial, like: How to sew snaps on fabric How to thread a needle How to sew by hand How to tie a knot when sewing … Continue reading Helpful sewing tutorial video links for people learning to sew @ ChellyWood.com #HolidayGiftIdeas #SewingByHand

Please visit ChellyWood.com for free printable sewing patterns and tutorial videos for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes. This is a text box with a purple and turquoise quilted look to it. The text states, "Sewing tips for beginners: clothing items to avoid." This is the fourth installment in a four part blog article series which reviews the topics, terms, and items to watch out for on a pattern's instructions if you're just starting to learn sewing. Visit ChellyWood.com for free printable sewing patterns and to read the other blog articles in this series for beginners just learning how to sew.

How to Tell When a Sewing Pattern Is NOT for Beginners (Part 4: Difficult Garments) #SewEasy #SewingFun

This is the last installment of a four-week journey to discover what makes a pattern difficult for beginners who are just starting out with their very first sewing projects. By “beginners,” I’m referring to adults learning to sew as well as children of all ages who are learning to sew. We’ve been studying a single pattern, Simplicity doll clothes pattern #4654, which is a fun … Continue reading How to Tell When a Sewing Pattern Is NOT for Beginners (Part 4: Difficult Garments) #SewEasy #SewingFun

The image shows Mattel's Curvy Barbie modeling a hand-made shirt with cloth-covered tiny buttons. Each button is encompassed by a floss loop, all hand-made by the seamstress who blogs here, at ChellyWood.com.

How to Tell When a Sewing Pattern Is NOT for Beginners (Part 3: Know Your Notions) #SewMuchFun #SewingNotions

  For the past two Mondays, we’ve been looking at Simplicity doll clothes pattern #4654, which is a super fun pattern for those of us who have been sewing for a while. However, in the image below, I’ve underlined some key terms that tell us this isn’t the ideal pattern for the absolute beginner. Today I’m going to talk about why certain sewing notions (those … Continue reading How to Tell When a Sewing Pattern Is NOT for Beginners (Part 3: Know Your Notions) #SewMuchFun #SewingNotions

How to Tell When a Sewing Pattern Is NOT for Beginners (Part 2: Know Your Fabrics) #LearningToSew #Fabrics

  Last week we took a look at this pattern from Simplicity (doll clothes pattern #4654) which is a fantastic pattern for those of us who have been sewing for a while. However, in the image below, I’ve underlined some key terms that tell us this isn’t the ideal pattern for the absolute beginner. I’ve underlined some of the recommended fabrics on the pattern, and … Continue reading How to Tell When a Sewing Pattern Is NOT for Beginners (Part 2: Know Your Fabrics) #LearningToSew #Fabrics

Here we see the Chelly Wood doll from the ChellyWood.com website and the ChellyWood1 YouTube channel. She holds up a sewing pattern for 18 inch doll clothes. The pattern's cover image shows Simplicity 18" doll clothes pattern #4654 which includes patterns for making a lined hooded raincoat or coverup, a tank top and skort, a short-sleeved everyday dress, a sunny sleeveless top with capri pants, a T-shirt with cargo pants, and a crop top with skort or shorts. There's also an 18-inch doll pictured on the pattern wearing a denim jumper with overall straps. The doll wears a striped tee shirt under the overall-style jumper. (This is "jumper" in the US sense of the word -- not a "sweater" as we'd say in the US, but more of a dress with the style of overalls). The watermark on this photo reminds us to visit ChellyWood.com for free, printable sewing patterns for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes. This image also has a header that says, "Today's topic of discussion: what makes a pattern difficult for beginners?" And in fact, if you navigate to the link to the article that accompanies this image, doll clothing designer, YouTuber, and writer Chelly Wood discusses all the features that make this particular pattern difficult for a beginner who is just learning to sew. This article is designed to help anyone who teaches sewing classes, is teaching another person how to sew, or people who are, themselves, just learning to sew, what to avoid when purchasing store-bought patterns.

How to Tell When a Sewing Pattern Is NOT for Beginners (Part 1) #SewingForDolls #Handmade

I started sewing doll clothes when I was very young, back in the early 1970’s, but I didn’t really learn how to read patterns and pattern instructions until I was about 15 or 16. Reading the instructions on the back of a pattern can seem daunting to a child who is learning to sew, and therefore I don’t advise it for kids under age 12. … Continue reading How to Tell When a Sewing Pattern Is NOT for Beginners (Part 1) #SewingForDolls #Handmade

Please visit ChellyWood.com for ideas on how to make money sewing and selling crafts. Today's topic is about how to save money by using second-hand clothing as a fabric source for sell-able fabric crafts.

Save money by recycling second-hand clothing for sewing doll clothes! #MoneyMaker #Sewing

Over the summer, I’ve been posting daily free doll clothes patterns, but I’m about to go back to work. Some of you know that in my “day job,” I work as a school librarian. We librarians come back to work a week or two before the teachers and about three weeks before the students return. It takes me about 5 hours to make a single … Continue reading Save money by recycling second-hand clothing for sewing doll clothes! #MoneyMaker #Sewing

On this very simple set, an Ever After High doll models a short dress with an A-like skirt and cuffs beneath the dress's puff short sleeves. Under the dress, the doll wears a pair of bloomers with lace around the bottom of them. Click on the link in the caption, and it will take you to a page where you can download and print all the free printable sewing patterns for making these doll clothes, along with links to tutorial videos that show you how to make this outfit.

Let’s sew a dress with cuffs and a pair of bloomers for Ever After High dolls! #EverAfterHigh #DollClothes

I realize it’s nowhere near St. Patrick’s Day, but I wanted to show you that this dress pattern fits Ever After High dolls, just like many of the other dolls that I’ve shown in this dress. Which dolls will these patterns fit? Monster High female dolls 8 inch Bratz dolls Ever After High dolls 8 inch Breyer Rider dolls Spin Master La Dee Da dolls … Continue reading Let’s sew a dress with cuffs and a pair of bloomers for Ever After High dolls! #EverAfterHigh #DollClothes

Click here for all the patterns and tutorials you'll need to make this dress: https: https://wp.me/p1LmCj-GOC The image shows a Disney Tinkerbell fairy doll wearing a handmade A-line sleeveless dress for tiny-body 8", 9-inch, or 10 inch dolls like Disney Tinkerbell fairy dolls. In the diorama where the Disney Tinkerbell fairy doll stands, there's a tiny tea set on a wicker table, a wicker chair, and a bust of a musical composer resting on a pedestal. The patterns for making this A-line dress for Disney Tinkerbell fairy dolls are found at ChellyWood.com as a PDF downloadable sewing pattern. Chelly Wood designs free printable sewing patterns for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and sizes. Go to ChellyWood.com for both the PDF pattern and free tutorial video giving instructions for making this lovely dress which will fit Disney Tinkerbell fairy dolls and other similar-sized dolls.

Free Printable PDF Sewing Patterns for Small Dolls’ A-line Dress With Bloomers @ ChellyWood.com #blooming #springsewing !

Well, today’s dress is actually the same one I posted yesterday. But today I’m including a bloomers pattern with it. Scroll down for that PDF. Which dolls will these patterns fit? 8″ Bratz dolls 9″ Stacie dolls 10″ Monster High dolls some 11″ Disney Princess dolls with slender bodies 9 and 3/4″ Disney Tinkerbell fairy dolls 6″ vintage Stacie dolls from the 1990’s (View A … Continue reading Free Printable PDF Sewing Patterns for Small Dolls’ A-line Dress With Bloomers @ ChellyWood.com #blooming #springsewing !

The image shows an A-line dress pattern designed by ChellyWood.com which shows three different dolls modeling the handmade doll dress. A 9-inch Mattel Stacie doll is shown wearing a handmade sleeveless version of the A-line dress. A 10" Disney Princess (Merida) doll is shown wearing a hand-made version of the A-line dress which has cuffs and puff sleeves. A Monster High / Ever After High doll is shown wearing a flutter-sleeve A-line dress. All three of these styles use the patterns provided on this pattern page. You can download the free printable PDF sewing pattern for making this dolls' dress (and many other doll clothes) at ChellyWood.com -- and the patterns are all FREE.

Free Printable PDF Sewing Patterns for Small Dolls’ A-line Springtime Dress @ ChellyWood.com #springtime #dollclothes

Well, today’s free PDF pattern (scroll down to the second bulleted list for the PDF) will fit a lot of different dolls, including but not limited to the following: 8″ Bratz dolls 9″ Stacie dolls 10″ Monster High dolls 6″ vintage Stacie dolls from the 1990’s (View A in the image above shows how it fits) 8″ World of Love dolls from Hasbro 10″ La … Continue reading Free Printable PDF Sewing Patterns for Small Dolls’ A-line Springtime Dress @ ChellyWood.com #springtime #dollclothes

The image shows a hand-made ironing board with cover. The website where you can find the patterns for both the ironing board and it's cover is displayed: ChellyWood.com This ironing board is made to fit 1:6 scale dioramas or dollhouses.

Taking Care of Your Handmade Doll Clothes @ ChellyWood.com #SewingTips for #DollClothes

This week’s blog posts will include a new tutorial on how to make a child’s toy ironing board cover, a revision of my 1:6 scale ironing board pattern (shown above), and some tips and tricks for the care of handmade doll clothes. Let’s start the week with tips and tricks for handmade doll clothes… Nobody likes to see a naked doll laying around, but did … Continue reading Taking Care of Your Handmade Doll Clothes @ ChellyWood.com #SewingTips for #DollClothes

Image shows a pretty girl in a polar fleece hat with folded head band. The heading says, "winter hat DIY" and the overlay offers a website where the free patterns and tutorial for making this polar fleece hat can be found: ChellyWood.com. The hat is in the style of a winter polar fleece beanie, tuque /touque or stocking cap.

Here’s an easy Christmas DIY gift idea with a FREE sewing pattern: a #Grinch #PolarFleece #StockingCap from @JoAnn_Stores

Earlier this week, I posted a video showing how to make the polar fleece scarf. Now, here in one location, are the tutorials for the scarf (see below) and the hat, plus the free printable PDF sewing patterns for making this cute Grinch-style polar fleece hat. If you’re wanting to know where I got the Grinch-patterned polar fleece, it was JoAnn Fabric & Craft store. … Continue reading Here’s an easy Christmas DIY gift idea with a FREE sewing pattern: a #Grinch #PolarFleece #StockingCap from @JoAnn_Stores

The image shows a swatch of purple and pink floral fabric that measures 10 3/4 inches by 10 3/4 inches, square. It rests atop a swatch of lavender-colored fabric of the same size. There are also two teeny-tiny buttons and five tiny snaps featured in the image. This image is a photo of the tiny swatches of fabric, the buttons, and the snaps that will be sent to the winner of a contest on ChellyWood.com

It’s a CONTEST! Win free #fabric, snaps, and buttons so you can sew clothes like my #dolls

It has been a while since I offered a contest on ChellyWood.com, but I thought it might be fun to see if you can guess which of my dolls can fit into these doll clothes: Soul (the African American doll) was part of a collection of vintage dolls called the World of Love dolls. If you’d like to learn more about the World of Love dolls … Continue reading It’s a CONTEST! Win free #fabric, snaps, and buttons so you can sew clothes like my #dolls