**update 2011 - this pattern has been retired because my new flip doll patterns are just better. Check those out first, but if you're really interested in this one you can contact me. ;)
I may not be back to blogging full time, but it seems like I'm already sewing full time. I feel like I've already said so much about these little dolls, I don't know what to say about them now. I adore this idea, and just couldn't get it out of my head until I made one... or five. Anyway, here's the final product. I meant to put a couple of dolls in the shop, but I just don't have the time to make them now. I'm also thinking of making some versions with other animals. If there is some interest, I'll try to do a few before Christmas.
The bunny and fox flip snugly, so it doesn't appear to be anything other than what you see at first. I like that - it makes the surprise more fun. The pattern is a bit more difficult than some of my others - definitely not for the faint of heart. It involves embroidery, sewing in elastic, and sewing many layers and small openings. Each step is explained with lots of pictures and tips to help you through it. Once you get it finished, it makes a very satisfying toy.
Here's the spoiler shot. Kind of weird looking - a little like childbirth.
Below you can download a 15 page pdf with pattern and instructions. Materials Needed: a fat quarter or less of two different fabrics, and smaller amounts of 2 accent fabrics, a sewing machine, pins, thread, scissors, stuffing, low loft quilt batting, embroidery floss, embroidery needle, elastic, and a little bit of time!
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