“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:            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FknfumFPX8


Basing /Running/ Gathering stitch:      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FkrnfumFPX8


Beginner’s sewing course:          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGITrkYdjJs&t=131s


Blanket stitch:     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FknfumFPX8


Cross stitch:        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ogAHwRK7oE    


Design Boards:       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nSZtoionpA


Fabric: How to buy and cut: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GDRJJsi8tM


Fabric: for Cloth Doll Bodies:        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03MVWGLL1OM&t=29s


Fabric: how to prepare and lay it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8JwquZW2ik


Grainline - what is it:       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4aPVPlpQUc


Ladder stitch:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3fFHV6r9Ow  


Part of the sewing machine:       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBI5XQeqKMQ


Pinning:        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iK_79KdJVIg  alternative pinning



Portable Ironing Board:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4d5SQhZ3vmc


Pressing and Ironing:                 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYIj3m_Zja0


Salvage - what is it:



Scissor Basics for cutting fabrics ( note: Kids should not use rotary scissors!!!!)   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVuqVtUoZmc  , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5pPUut4g_o



Scissor Safety:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TT3PCQTBdeM


Seam allowance:     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tByXPGwvZ_I


Sewing Curves:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLmu3phrxqg&t=39s



Sewing Machine Problems: The Most Common Issues :    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgHxs6ukadM


Sewing Machine needles tutorial: How to choose   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fh1okmc4gL4


Sewing Straight lines:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWk9kqaXz1w&t=120s


Sewing Room Safety: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ht5ksn5qHfk


Stitch length and tension adjustment:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqwHtYpKBzo


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


Template making:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7klMZfVn44U


Threading a needle and knotting the thread:




Thread - how to knot off:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhEUqBSgwjI



Thread tutorial:  How to choose   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sn5iDta-A-Y





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