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

The image shows a lovely blue-haired pale-skinned doll with speckles on her forehead. She's a Taylee Turtle character doll from Mattel's Enchantimals collection, and she's wearing a handmade T-shirt and a pair of handmade shorts. If you'd like to make this outfit for your tiny miniature dolls, please click on the link in the caption. It will take you to the free doll clothes patterns and tutorial videos.

Free Shorts and T-shirt Patterns Fit 6″ (16 cm) Enchantimals Dolls @ ChellyWood.com #Animals #Miniatures

Today’s outfit was first designed for the 6″ classic Breyer Rider dolls, but I wanted to show you that it will also fit other 6-inch (15-16 cm) dolls as well. It looks really cute on the Enchantimals dolls! Please note, however, that the pants that are part of today’s PDF pattern do not fit Enchantimals. Which dolls will this shorts outfit fit? 6″ classic Breyer … Continue reading Free Shorts and T-shirt Patterns Fit 6″ (16 cm) Enchantimals Dolls @ ChellyWood.com #Animals #Miniatures

Visit ChellyWood.com for free printable sewing patterns for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes. This image shows a handmade tiny doll dress made of felt, cotton fabric, and lace trim. To download and print the free printable PDF sewing pattern for making this tiny dress that fits most 4-inch, 5-inch, or 6-inch dolls, please visit ChellyWood.com and go to the gallery to search for 5" doll clothes patterns.

Free printable sewing patterns for making this tiny dolls’ dress @ ChellyWood.com #freestuff #feltcrafts

Today’s doll dress fits a wide variety of tiny dolls, and with a bodice made of felt and sleeves made of lace, it’s a relatively easy project to sew. Which dolls will this dress fit? 6″ classic Breyer Rider dolls (1:12 scale) Mattel’s Chelsea dolls (5.5 inches or 13.5 cm) 6.75 inch Strawberry Shortcake dolls (17 cm) vintage 5 inch Strawberry Shortcake dolls (13 cm) … Continue reading Free printable sewing patterns for making this tiny dolls’ dress @ ChellyWood.com #freestuff #feltcrafts

Please visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable PDF sewing patterns for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes. The image shows two versions of the same handmade doll outfit. The Easter outfit on the left is a halter top and shorts made of Easter-egg-patterned fabric. The outfit on the right has a springtime yellow halter top with the pink-Easter-patterned shorts. The two side-by-side images are showing the front and back of the doll's halter top. This outfit can be sewn using free patterns found at ChellyWood.com where you can find dozens (if not hundreds) of free printable PDF sewing patterns for making doll clothes to fit not just 18 inch dolls, but dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.

FREE printable PDF patterns for Easter Doll Clothes @ ChellyWood.com #HappyEaster #18inchDolls

Please scroll down for the free printable PDF sewing patterns. For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you chose the Easter egg fabric as your favorite from among these three fabrics, so today I’m sewing Easter clothes for a friend’s granddaughter and I thought I’d share the results and the combination of patterns I’ve used. Here are the different fabrics you were allowed … Continue reading FREE printable PDF patterns for Easter Doll Clothes @ ChellyWood.com #HappyEaster #18inchDolls

This image shows a tiny folk dress that has a felt bodice with a decorative cotton skirt and sleeves. The skirt and sleeves are embellished with lace trim. The free printable sewing pattern for making this tiny dress (to fit dolls that stand 4 inches, 5 inches, or 6 inches tall) can be found at ChellyWood.com under the correct size for the doll.

FREE printable PDF patterns for TINY miniature dolls’ dress @ ChellyWood.com #fairygarden #miniatures

It’s just about time to start planting gardens in the northern hemisphere, where I live. For those of you who really enjoy planting fairy-sized miniature gardens, I’m re-posting my teeny-tiny dolls’ dress patterns and tutorials today. Which dolls will this dress fit? 6″ classic Breyer Rider dolls (1:12 scale) Mattel’s Chelsea dolls (5.5 inches or 13.5 cm) 6.75 inch Strawberry Shortcake dolls (17 cm) 6-inch … Continue reading FREE printable PDF patterns for TINY miniature dolls’ dress @ ChellyWood.com #fairygarden #miniatures

Image shows a Barbie-sized bodice cut from felt. Lace is overlaid on top of the felt bodice. Watermark says: ChellyWood.com: free printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes.

How to design a simple doll dress bodice w/Chelly Wood @ChellyWood.com #dollclothes and #publishing

  It was about this time last year when I first posted this video here on ChellyWood.com. It demonstrates a super easy way to design a dress to fit any doll at all, regardless of her shape or size. It’s a tutorial that gives you a brief taste of the methods I use for designing simple bodices, including how I designed the patterns we’re using … Continue reading How to design a simple doll dress bodice w/Chelly Wood @ChellyWood.com #dollclothes and #publishing

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

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

In early 2015, I made a video called “How to Sew Snaps on Fabric” which was very brief and extremely basic. However, it lacked some of the details that help you understand the differences between each snap and how to align your snaps neatly. This newer video offers all those details. Granted, it’s a longer video (about 5 minutes longer), but it shows you, step … Continue reading How to #Sew #Dritz Snaps on #Dolls’ Clothes @ ChellyWood.com

Image shows a Tall Barbie from Mattel's fashionista line wearing a tie-dyed felt shirt with navy blue bias tape wrapped around the sleeves and collar. She smiles pleasantly at the camera. The shirt is a short-sleeved summer top with a sloping collar. Overlay says, "ChellyWood.com: Free printable sewing patterns and tutorials for dolls of many shapes and sizes."

FREE #Dolls Shirt Pattern @ ChellyWood.com #Dollstagram #Sewing

This week I’m going to revisit my easiest shirt pattern, and I’m going to teach you how to add bias tape to it for a whole new look: For those of you who are new to sewing, my tutorial video this week will show you how to add 1/2 inch (approx. 12 mm) bias tape to a garment. Half inch bias tape looks like this … Continue reading FREE #Dolls Shirt Pattern @ ChellyWood.com #Dollstagram #Sewing

#Dollstagram image of my latest free #SewingPatterns for #Dolls @ ChellyWood.com

In the images above and below, you’ll find a preview of the outfit we’ll be making this week. These FREE printable sewing patterns will be all-new patterns, and they’ll be using a new feature: a difficulty scale. Scroll past the following images to learn more about my new difficulty scale for my free, printable sewing patterns. Do you recognize the pose my Made-to-Move Barbie® is using? … Continue reading #Dollstagram image of my latest free #SewingPatterns for #Dolls @ ChellyWood.com