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BROWN SHUGAH JUNCTION new "mommy and me" patterns are almost here!!!  I have  designed these  cute and whimsical 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 and other resources  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 your child dollmaking partner; check out the excellent YouTube tutorials below to get you started with some basic skills and tools often used in rag dollmaking



Best Tutorial for teaching little ones to sew!!!:


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: 


Hand Stitching Tutorial:


Ladder stitch:  

Paperback Fusible Adhesive:


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:

Seam ripper - How to use


Sewing Curves:

Sewing Straight Seam/Sewing Straight lines:


Sewing Machine Problems: The Most Common Issues :


Sewing Machine needles tutorial: How to choose


Sewing Room Safety:

Sewing Terms Glossary ( comprehensive / w pix)


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