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Topsy-Turvy Doll


This has been gifted now, so I can share with you what I made for our granddaughter’s second birthday.

Do you remember having a Topsy-Turvy doll as a little girl? I do, and I also remember absolutely loving her, so I knew I was going to have to make one for our granddaughter.

I found a free tutorial at Keepsake Crafts and pretty much followed it to the letter. This is her version, a daytime/bedtime doll: –

Although you can be more creative and do many other things like a Red Riding Hood/Wolf doll, or a Beauty/Beast doll, I decided to stick to the traditional daytime/bedtime doll.

You start off by embroidering the faces and I simply coloured in the eyes and mouth with permanent marker pen.

I wish I’d backed the faces with interfacing now, as the black embroidery thread shows through in places, but hey-ho.

When the body is assembled and stuffed, at this stage it looks a bit like Frankenstein’s experiment!

I used coordinating fabrics for each dress, originally from Ikea, I think; floral for the day dress and spotted for the nightgown and cap.

I had plenty of lace in my stash to trim both dresses.

The hair was easy enough – just a ball of yarn wrapped around a book and sewn through all layers in the centre to keep it together.

The wig is then stitched on to the head, sewing over the previous line of stitching. Easy.

The daytime doll had her hair drawn back into a neat ponytail and tied with a bright red ribbon to go with her dress.

The bedtime doll had her hair in bunches held with some red heart ribbon.

A nice touch is to create fingers with three lines of stitching.


Here she is, all finished, in her daytime mode.

Doesn’t the hair look pretty from the back?

The sleepy side has a matching bonnet to go with her nightgown.

It’s a great tutorial which includes an easy to follow pattern, so why not give it a go for a little girl you know?

Author: sewchet

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33 thoughts on “Topsy-Turvy Doll

  1. This is so lovely. My daughter had one when she was younger that was little red riding hood on one side and grandma on the other. She used to love telling stories with it.

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  2. Lovely🦉🐶⛄️🤶🏻🎅🏻👍😊

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  3. She’s a beauty Sheila. One of my childhood best friends had one of these which was Cinderella, before and after the magical transformation. I loved it and really wanted one of my own back then. I have always wondered how they were made. I’m sure your granddaughter will love this extra special dolly.

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    • The different versions that can be created seem only to be limited by your imagination. I made this traditional version simply because that’s what I had as a child and it brings back fond memories.

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  4. I certainly do remember! Every little girl loves a topsey turvey doll and, unsurprisingly, the one you’ve made is absolutely gorgeous. Lucky granddaughter!

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  5. I remember my friend had a topsy-turvy doll when I was very young – oh how I loved her doll! I swear my heart skipped a beat when I read your post title Sheila. You have made such a lovely job, she is delightful and I bet your little g-d is thrilled to bits with her – they are a bit of magic these two in one dolls!

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    • I remember being thrilled with mine when I was little as it was completely different to all my other dolls. Our granddaughter seems to be pleased with it, but she is only two and is happy with everything, I have to say:)

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  6. Love her! I’m going to make one for my granddaughter who will be 4 on Christmas. I like to have separate gifts for her birthday and Christmas. I went to and they have some lovely doll faces that will work for me to machine embroider. I chose Caitlin Looking Forward with eyes open and Sleeping. So excited to make this! Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

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  7. Gorgeous, and somewhere I have a knitting pattern for a topsy turvy doll, now just where might it be?

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  8. That’s a sweet pattern and I loved the fabrics you chose and especially the beautiful faces!
    I am going to make some. 🙂

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  9. How lovely, I am certain it will be cuddled and loved for years!

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  10. Sew Retro Bag – LOVE this BIG bag, is the pattern available (I live in the United States)

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  11. Very cute, a lovely present. Happy Birthday to your grand daughter 🙂

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  12. She is adorable. I bet the little young lady loved her too. Happy Birthday hugs to her. 🙂
    I do not remember having one myself, but I had a raggedy Anne. My favourite however was a bear with limbs that could move, and I had him forever. 🙂

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  13. I just attended a memorial for my friend Sylvia who used to make these dolls too. They had photos in her scrapbook.

    You’ve made a lovely version, Sheila. I need to find a little girl to sew for.


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