flip dolls pattern hop
Last year I wrote a review of Laura Wilson's book Flip Dolls and Other Toys and was very pleased with what I saw. At the time, I didn't make anything from the book, but saw a few easy projects that I thought I could tackle. Recently, Laura contacted me again to see if I'd be interested in being part of her Flip Dolls Pattern Hop...which meant making one of the flip dolls. You know...from the section of the book that terrified me just a little.
For some unknown reason, I said yes, and I found myself making a butterfly. Or maybe it's a caterpillar. Wait...it's a flip doll, so it's both!
I chose this particular project because it was a perfect fit for a month filled with butterfly blog posts. Of course, I HAD to give this caterpillar a signature Wild Olive face. And how about those pom pom feet? Aren't they so sweet?
The metamorphosis happens on the underside of this bug's belly. The change from caterpillar to butterfly is fast and easy (going back to caterpillar takes a bit of folding to keep things looking pretty).
And with the wings all spread out, this beautiful butterfly is ready to soar! I couldn't help giving her hexagon wings to match the artwork I created for the calendar. I made them using traditional English paper piecing and attached them to the felt wing piece using Fabri-Tac. The adhesive is strong, flexible, and there aren't any stitches showing on the back!
Seriously, I'm not sure what I was afraid of with this. There were a few times that I had to pause and think through the instructions, but obviously, it came together, and I'm very happy with the result. Suddenly I feel the need to make a whole bunch more!
If you have Flip Dolls and Other Toys, and have made something from the book, post about it and share the link in the gallery below. The first five flip dolls you see are all part of the Pattern Hop, and each one has a giveaway too!
Speaking of giveaway, I'm so pleased that I get to giveaway a copy of Flip Dolls and Other Toys to one lucky reader! Enter below using the Rafflecopter entry form. (There are a few ways for you to enter...why not do all of them?)
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Thanks, Laura! And thanks for setting up this Pattern Hop...I'm so excited to see all of the Flip Dolls that come to be!