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!