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“Teachable Moments” - A YouTube Resource Glossary of Rag Dollmaking Basic Terms, Skills and Tools :

September 18, 2017

BROWN SHUGAH JUNCTION new "mommy and me" patterns are almost here!!!


I have  intentionally  designed these patterns to be ultra simple and super easy to make by every sewing level.  They are  especially designed to encourage Adult/Child special creative times together!!! LEARNING TO MAKE DOLLS AS A TEAM!!!


Below are links to YouTube  tutorials  that may help you to become familiar with  terms, skills and tools  you might find in the pattern instructions.  Check back regularly  for new resource discoveries.



If you are new to sewing or need a refresher in order to teach sewing/dollmaking to child partner, check out the excellent YouTube tutorials below that will get you started with some basic skills and tools often used in general rag dollmaking


Back stitch:  


Basing /Running/ Gathering stitch:


Beginner’s sewing course:


Blanket stitch:


Cross stitch:    


Design Boards:


Fabric: How to buy and cut:


Fabric: for Cloth Doll Bodies:


Fabric: how to prepare and lay it out:


Grainline - what is it:


Ladder stitch:  


Part of the sewing machine:


Pinning:  alternative pinning



Portable Ironing Board:


Pressing and Ironing:       


Salvage - what is it:


Scissor Basics for cutting fabrics ( note: Kids should not use rotary scissors!!!!)  ,



Scissor Safety:


Seam allowance:


Sewing Curves:



Sewing Machine Problems: The Most Common Issues :


Sewing Machine needles tutorial: How to choose


Sewing Straight lines:


Sewing Room Safety:


Stitch length and tension adjustment:


(also check your machine’s manual , most manufacturers have a YouTube tutorial for their machines)


Template making:


Threading a needle and knotting the thread:



Thread - how to knot off:



Thread tutorial:  How to choose





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