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Flip Dolls Pattern Hop
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!

Flip Dolls Pattern Hop
Flip Dolls Pattern Hop

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?

Flip Dolls Pattern Hop
Flip Dolls Pattern Hop
Flip Dolls Pattern Hop

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).

Flip Dolls Pattern Hop

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!

Flip Dolls Pattern Hop

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?)

a Rafflecopter giveaway


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!

46 comments:

  1. My daughter would have so much fun with this book.

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  2. Oh, I don't know. My daughter would love that butterfly, but I would let her choose what I sewed up first.

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  3. Perfect for gifts for my nieces and nephews, or for myself :)

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  4. Melissa8:55 AM

    I'd love to make that superhero flip doll. So cute and fun!

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  5. Nice Super Hero !

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  6. oh my, i must get a copy of this book! I love the butterfly you made, and the super hero flip doll is awesome :)

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  7. I would definitely make a couple superheroes for my boys! So fun!

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  8. I've looked through the book and I'd like to make the bat and vampire! :)

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  9. Definitely want to make a super hero for my grandson!

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  10. I love the caterpillar/butterfly

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  11. Love these dolls! So cute.

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  12. Oh this is super awesome!

    xo,
    Christen
    ChristenKrumm.com

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  13. I'd make the superhero because he's awesome. My son would dig that. [bennetthp at gmail dot com]

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  14. I would love to make the superhero doll for my son and the butterfly for my daughter. Thanks for the chance! Blessings!

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  15. I would love to make the butterfly for my kids. they would have so much fun! Thanks so much for this awesome giveaway!

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  16. Oh my gosh, my nephew NEEDS that super hero doll, lol. This book is so fun!

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  17. Cute book! I LOVE those hexies you put on the butterfly!

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  18. Adorable, I love the superhero doll!

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  19. The butterfly one is so cute!

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  20. How about a cat to mouse doll I haven't seen the book, so I don't know if this is already in there. :-)

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    1. I love that idea! There's an owl/pussycat doll in the book, but I bet you could convert the owl into a mouse with a bit of creativity. Laura does have tips for adapting the patterns too...so a cat and mouse is a possibility!

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  21. Christine B5:01 PM

    I would love to make the butterfly too. It is so cute. Great giveaway, fingers crossed!

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  22. This is such a cute idea!! I love the hexies you used on the wings!!

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  23. Such a fun book! I love the butterfly. So adorable.

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  24. Anonymous2:21 AM

    I'd make the butterfly or a cat if there was one ... actually I'd make whatever takes the least skill.

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  25. Oh Id have to make a Batman like flip character, my grandson is batman and Spiderman daft......so I would simply have to try and make either or both of them in this clever way lol

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  26. I think I would try to make a Butterfly one. :) All of the Flip Dolls in this book look very cute.

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  27. The caterpillar/butterfly would be great for teaching preschool!

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  28. I'd love to make a super hero flip doll for my boy -- it's his latest obsession!

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  29. I'd love to try my hand at making some fun toys for the kids!

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  30. That is adorable. I hope I win because I would love to make some for my niece and nephew

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  31. love this--my sister is prego so, all of them? specifically the caterpillar/butterfly. yay!

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  32. I think I'd love to make an egg that flips into some sort of cute little monster!

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  33. How cute! I like your butterfly/caterpillar. I'd like to make one that looks like the Eric Carle hungry caterpillar

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  34. Anonymous7:22 AM

    I love the butterfly! bjn1957{at}gmail{dot}com

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  35. Oh, this is so cute! The butterfly is great, but it's difficult choice ...

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  36. I love the superhero. Must make some for my coworkers.

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  37. Super hero for my little guy.

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  38. I hope I have lucky! :)

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  39. i would love to make little butterfiles you can change them in so many ways!

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  40. My friend Eva made these flip dolls! They are so cute, too.
    http://sweettidings.blogspot.com/2012/12/topsy-turvy-doll-by-misako-mimoko-for.html

    I love your caterpillar and butterfly! I especially like the pompom trim.

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  41. Anonymous8:01 AM

    I'd like to make the caterpillar and the butterfly. - Judith (from Israel)

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  42. That is so cute :)!!!

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  43. These all are so cute, but I love the superheros especially.

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  44. Id like to make a bird for my niece

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