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!

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  • 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!