Image of Mattel's Curvy Barbie wearing hand-made skirt, top, and vest. Overlay says, "Design your own doll clothes patterns."

How to design your own #dollclothes for #CurvyBarbie @ #theDollEvolves

Here we have it; the tutorial you’ve all been requesting! How do I design my own doll clothes to fit Curvy Barbie, Tall Barbie, Petite Barbie, or any other doll? Granted, this shows you how to make your own skirt, which is very simple. But how do you design your own shirts for dolls? Well, I’ll share that tutorial tomorrow. Need help printing my patterns? … Continue reading How to design your own #dollclothes for #CurvyBarbie @ #theDollEvolves

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Learn to #Sew Snaps on #Fabric w/This Easy #Tutorial from

It has been a while since I created this “How to Sew Snaps on Fabric” tutorial video, so I thought it would be a good idea to revisit it on my blog. If you’re wondering why I make patterns and tutorials without charging a fee, please visit the “Chelly’s Books” page, and that should explain my general motivations. Overall, I love to sew, design doll clothes, … Continue reading Learn to #Sew Snaps on #Fabric w/This Easy #Tutorial from

Click on the link provided, to find the tutorial video. This image shows orange felt with a black whipstitch pattern across folded fabric. The overlay says, "How to hem a garment by hand, using the whip stitch. The video is found at

How to Whip Stitch a Hem @ #embroidery #sewing #crafts

Occasionally people who are new to sewing ask me questions that are old-hat to those of us who are long-time seamstresses. One question I was recently asked is, “How do you hem a garment without a sewing machine?” I use the whip stitch to hem most of my garments. It’s a fairly easy stitch, and it creates a nearly invisible hem. Here’s how it’s done: … Continue reading How to Whip Stitch a Hem @ #embroidery #sewing #crafts

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How to Download and Print Free #Sewing Patterns From #Crafty #Dollstagram

Lately I’ve been getting a lot of traffic on this site, and with traffic, come lots of questions. One that keeps cropping up is, “How do I download and print your free sewing patterns for dolls?” So I’ve made a video tutorial, showing everyone the step-by-step process for downloading and printing my patterns using Microsoft Word. This tutorial uses an older pattern page, but you … Continue reading How to Download and Print Free #Sewing Patterns From #Crafty #Dollstagram

Click on the link in the image's caption for the actual tutorial video which shows how to do the backstitch. The image shows a needle and thread and offers the URL of the website where you can find this and many other tutorials that will help you learn how to sew by hand:

How to Backstitch

Those of you who regularly follow my blog posts are probably aware that I sew a lot of my doll clothes by hand. The stitch I like to use most is the backstitch. Why is the backstitch so useful? It’s sturdy, but quick and easy to do. Here’s a tutorial video I made a while back, in which I demonstrate how to backstitch: Remember, if … Continue reading How to Backstitch