DIY Topsy-Turvy Rag Doll Tutorial

DIY Topsy-Turvy Rag Doll Tutorial

Looking for an easy handmade gift to sew this year? This take on the traditional topsy-turvy doll by Misako Mimoko is simple, super fun, and sure to bring smiles on Christmas morning.

DIY Topsy-Turvy Rag Doll Tutorial

The reversible doll is really two dolls in one: flip the skirt, turn the doll upside down, and another doll magically appears.

DIY Topsy-Turvy Rag Doll Tutorial

Materials

  • Printable template (download here)
  • Fabric
  • Felt
  • Needle
  • Embroidery thread
  • Strong thread
  • Scissors
  • Water-soluble pen
  • Polyfill
  • Heavy yarn
  • Ribbon and trim
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
DIY Topsy-Turvy Rag Doll Tutorial

Step 1
Download and print the doll pattern. The pattern includes two options for the ear and body shapes that you can choose from.. You will need felt for the ears and arms as well as fabric for the bodies, heads, and skirts. Transfer all marks and cut out the templates. Make sure to leave a 1/4-inch seam allowance when cutting.

The Girl Doll uses two different fabrics for the face and body. Sew them together and iron. The bear uses one fabric for both the face and body.

DIY Topsy-Turvy Rag Doll Tutorial

Step 2
Lay the Girl Doll’s waist against the Bear Doll’s waist and seam across. Now the back of the two dolls will be stitched together. Repeat to create the front of the dolls. Place the arms and ears between the the front and back of the body and pin.

DIY Topsy-Turvy Rag Doll Tutorial

Step 3
Sew around the edges, leaving an opening down one side to allow for turning. Clip the curved seam allowances and turn right-side out. Stuff with polyfill.

DIY Topsy-Turvy Rag Doll Tutorial

Step 4
Now it’s time to make the double-sided skirt – the secret of the whole doll. Follow the skirt pattern and cut out both skirts. To make your own skirt pattern,  measure from the waist to at least one inch below the head and double the width of the waist.

Sew the bottom edges of the to skirts together. Next, fold in half with the right sides together and sew back seams (short sides together). Turn the double-sided skirt right side out.

DIY Topsy-Turvy Rag Doll Tutorial

Step 5
Fold the inside top edges, hem, and iron. Slip stitch the two sides together all the way around.

DIY Topsy-Turvy Rag Doll Tutorial

Step 6
Pull up the thread and gather until skirt waist fits the waistline of the doll. Stitch it to the body to secure. Sew up the opening to close.

DIY Topsy-Turvy Rag Doll Tutorial

Step 7
Decorate both dolls. Add ribbons and any other embellishments, then stitch yarn to make the hair. Draw a smiling face and embroider. That’s it!

DIY Topsy-Turvy Rag Doll Tutorial

Happy crafting!

  • http://thisislemonade.wordpress.com/ this is lemonade

    Oh I love this. It reminds me of a Red Riding Hood/Big Bad Wolf version I had as a child – it kinda freaked me out sometimes lol! Brings back memories :P

  • Melissa Kojima

    I love this idea so much. I was thinking of doing it for an articulated paper doll. You finds such great tutorials. Thank you!!!!

  • melissa

    Ah how sweet is this! I love it. Especially the reactions the dolls have.
    hope you have a fantastic weekend!

    Melissa
    http://shakeshakee.blogspot.com

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ handmade charlotte

    Hi Lemonade,

    I love these too! My sister had a few that my grandmother made. I want to make this for Charlotte.

    Happy Handmade Holidays,

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ handmade charlotte

    Hi Melissa,

    Your shop looks amazing! I just posted a few ornaments on our Pinterest!

    Yeah!

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ handmade charlotte

    Melissa,

    I agree totally!

    Rachel

  • http://thisislemonade.wordpress.com/ this is lemonade

    Thank you, and to you too :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/bliss.foster Bliss Foster

    Whoa, your blog is beautiful!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bliss.foster Bliss Foster

    Articulated paper dolls would be perfect for this!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bliss.foster Bliss Foster

    I love how these look completely different from anything you could buy in a store. You can’t fake handmade!

  • littlesunny

    They are so lovely!

    Thanks for your instruction! >:D<

    nangnho.com

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ handmade charlotte

    :)

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ handmade charlotte

    Thanks so much for popping in! We’re slightly obsessed with Eva’s amazingly original work.

    Thanks,

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ handmade charlotte

    Hi Bliss,

    Eva is an original for sure. She lives in Barcelona! We love all of our international contributors!

    Thanks for dropping in again,

    Rachel F

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ handmade charlotte

    Hi Melissa,

    We love these little dolls ….so cute! Thanks for dropping in! I’ll check your site out right now!

    Yeah!

    Rachel

  • Celeste

    Wow! These are a fantastic idea! Thanks for the detailed pictures!

  • http://www.miseducated.com Amber

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    So it’s very nice to meet you, yes this is long and I apologize. Hope to hear from you. Thank you for reading. <3