The image shows words on a quilt-like fabric background. The words read: "Sewing Tips for Beginners: How to Buy Fabric." This image comes from ChellyWood.com

How to Choose Fabric for Making Doll Clothes #Sewing #HolidayCrafts #SewingTipTuesday

I grew up in a family full of seamstresses. So to me, shopping for fabric was no more difficult than buying a piece of candy at a convenience store. But to the absolute beginner, the cutting counter at a fabric store can seem a little daunting. I designed this step-by-step guide for buying doll clothes fabric, keeping in mind that some people are brand new … Continue reading How to Choose Fabric for Making Doll Clothes #Sewing #HolidayCrafts #SewingTipTuesday

In this image, the Chelly Wood doll holds up McCall's "teen doll" pattern #3429 which was published in 1972. In the blog post at ChellyWood.com, where this pattern is discussed, Chelly Wood (a doll clothing pattern designer) asks the question, "Do you prefer to come up with your own fabric concepts, or do you like to choose a fabric that matches the illustration on the front of the doll clothes pattern?" The Chelly Wood doll is actually a Spin Master Liv doll that has been made over to look like the actual doll clothes pattern designer, Chelly Wood.

Do you follow fabric suggestions on patterns? Join the discussion @ ChellyWood.com #SewingChat #Fabric

Do you prefer to come up with your own fabric concepts, or do you like to choose a fabric that matches the illustration on the front of a doll clothes pattern? When I was younger, I used to scour my small town’s tiny fabric store for fabric that sort of matched what was in the illustration on the front of a pattern. I’d make my … Continue reading Do you follow fabric suggestions on patterns? Join the discussion @ ChellyWood.com #SewingChat #Fabric

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