With a close-up photo of Made to Move Barbie's Bermuda shorts from the back, we can see the double-stitching detail around the pocket, the fact that the tank top is lined with a burgundy-on-white print cotton fabric, and the tank top closes at the back with red Velcro. The words that slant across this image sideways say, "make room for a pocket." The ChellyWood.com logo appears in the lower right hand side of the image.

A sewing tip: something to think about when you add a pocket! #SewingTips for #DollClothesPatterns

Yesterday I did a blog post showing you how I made a pair of Bermuda shorts from my Simplicity 7928 doll clothes pattern, along with my own reversible tank top pattern, which is, of course, free on this website. As I said yesterday, I’ve found that I can learn a lot by sewing other people’s patterns, and I especially love to take other people’s patterns … Continue reading A sewing tip: something to think about when you add a pocket! #SewingTips for #DollClothesPatterns

A purple cotton fabric with tiny white polka dots frames a photo of a miniature table-top Christmas Tree that has tiny wrapped gifts under it and miniature Christmas tree ornaments on it. The words "Holiday-themed blog posts" float above the Chelly Wood dot com logo.

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

The image shows the Chelly Wood doll (a Spin Master Liv doll that has been re-designed) sitting at her sewing table. The sewing machine is nearby. she is holding a skirt that is partly gathered. the text says, "How to gather Fabric" and the ChellyWood.com logo is also on the image.

How to Gather Fabric for a Doll’s Skirt #SewingTips #DollClothes

I’ve been using a really old video to show people how to gather a doll’s skirt (or how to gather sleeves or how to gather the fabric of a hat — or whatever). So I’ve decided it’s time to update to a newer version of that video. So for all of you still learning how to sew doll clothes, here’s my new and (hopefully) improved … Continue reading How to Gather Fabric for a Doll’s Skirt #SewingTips #DollClothes

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

Today's tutorial video explains how selvage is useful to people who sew doll clothes. This image is just a header indicating that this is a sewing tutorial for beginners.

Selvage is your friend! (A tip for fabric buying, when sewing doll clothes) @ ChellyWood.com #SewingLove #SewingTutorial

  This week I’m giving you two tutorial videos instead of the usual solo tutorial. The video at the top of this blog post will explain how I sometimes use selvage (that’s “selvedge” if you live in the UK) for my doll clothes projects, and how selvage can truly be “your friend” when buying fabric. If you want a more extensive video about how to … Continue reading Selvage is your friend! (A tip for fabric buying, when sewing doll clothes) @ ChellyWood.com #SewingLove #SewingTutorial

This image shows the Chelly Wood doll holding a tape measure next to the 6 inch Mini American Girl doll. Beside these two is a blond haired, tan-bodied made-to-move Barbie doll. All three dolls wear handmade doll clothes. They appear to be standing in a tiny sewing room, complete with a desk, a sewing machine, and other sewing-related furnishings. It looks like the dolls are about to use the tiny tape measure to take measurements of the little American Girl 6 inch doll, for a sewing project. This image accompanies a blog post for hashtag tape measure Tuesday in which we learn the specific measurements for the 6 inch American girl doll mini. The blog post for measuring a 6 inch doll is found at ChellyWood.com, and this watermark appears on the photograph of these dolls.

Tips and Tricks for Teaching Kids to Sew w/Doll Clothing Designer Chelly Wood @ ChellyWood.com #AfterChristmas #familyfun

It’s that time of year again. You got your child/grandchild a new doll for Christmas, and now the doll needs a wardrobe. What better incentive to start some sewing lessons? So here are a few tips and tricks to teaching a child how to sew: Have young children begin sewing with felt. It’s much more forgiving than cotton and inexpensive when they make mistakes. Begin … Continue reading Tips and Tricks for Teaching Kids to Sew w/Doll Clothing Designer Chelly Wood @ ChellyWood.com #AfterChristmas #familyfun

Image shows a YouTube tutorial header with the title, "How to Sew Bias Tape." It features a photo of Mattel's Tall Barbie from the Barbie Fashionistas line. She wears a tie dye shirt with bias tape trim. Overlay offers the URL for this tutorial: ChellyWood.com.

How to Sew Bias Tape for #Crafters and #Sewists

  This week I’ve given you a new pattern for a small-bodied doll’s bias-tape-edged tunic or shirt dress. For anyone who is unfamiliar with bias tape, I thought I’d re-post my bias tape tutorial this week as well. The bias tape project in today’s video uses felt for a doll’s garment, and I often recommend learning to sew with felt. But the drawback to making … Continue reading How to Sew Bias Tape for #Crafters and #Sewists

The image shows a doll that looks like Chelly Wood (doll clothes designer at chellyWood.com) sitting at her desk, staring at her computer screen which offers the URL for her website.

Where to find helpful #sewing tutorials and #crafty #hacks on ChellyWood.com

How to sew snaps… How to use bias tape… How to buy fabric… For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been sharing these topics, but where did all of these tutorial videos come from? Perhaps you’ve never noticed before that there’s a category on the menu at ChellyWood.com called, “Helpful Tips.” This “Helpful Tips” page is designed to help you find videos that will improve … Continue reading Where to find helpful #sewing tutorials and #crafty #hacks on ChellyWood.com

Image shows a YouTube tutorial header with the title, "How to Sew Bias Tape." It features a photo of Mattel's Tall Barbie from the Barbie Fashionistas line. She wears a tie dye shirt with bias tape trim. Overlay offers the URL for this tutorial: ChellyWood.com.

How to #Sew Bias Tape

  Last week I showed you how to design your own bodice. Did you notice, in that tutorial, that Moana’s bodice was decorated with a strip of blue? What was that blue stuff? It was bias tape! I often recommend learning to sew with felt, if you’re an absolute beginner. But the drawback to making dolls’ clothes out of felt is the fray factor. Felt is … Continue reading How to #Sew Bias Tape

Please visit ChellyWood.com for free printable sewing patterns to fit dolls of many shapes and sizes. Image shows Monster High Draculaura wearing a handmade dress with puff sleeves and cuffs. ChellyWood.com offers free sewing patterns for making this and other dress patterns and pants and shirt patterns to fit Monster High dolls.

#Sewing Tips for #Dolls’ Clothes: Bias Tape Cuffs! @ ChellyWood.com

Hello my lovely followers! I have created yet another tutorial about the tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years, for sewing clothes for dolls. Someone in a 1:6 scale Facebook group I belong to said he really liked the look of these cuffs (the ones on my St. Patrick’s Day dress for Monster High/Ever After High and other small-bodied dolls).  When I told him … Continue reading #Sewing Tips for #Dolls’ Clothes: Bias Tape Cuffs! @ ChellyWood.com

Image shows a young woman's fingers holding a pink spool of thread. Overlay says, "How to Buy Thread" and offers the URL ChellyWood.com

How to Buy Thread When #Sewing for #Dolls @ ChellyWood.com

Last week I gave you a few pointers on how to buy fabric for sewing doll clothes, but did you know some threads are definitely not the best choice for sewing doll clothes also? This video tutorial shows you how to buy your thread with these questions in mind: What fabric will you be using? Are you planning to sew by hand or machine? Are … Continue reading How to Buy Thread When #Sewing for #Dolls @ ChellyWood.com