Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Darling

A dear friend from church loaned my girls her doll.  Her grandmother made her and her sister each one of these dolls when they were little.  Aren't they so sweet?


The most darling part is that what you see above is the same doll.  Her little dress flips up and over and reveals "another" doll underneath!


I just can't get over this.  Have any of you seen this before?  Is there anything on Etsy like it?  Have you made something similar?

C'mon you crafty folks.  You need a new darling project now don't you?  You'd make some little girl or boy very happy. Pin It

18 comments:

  1. I'm a lurker :) but posting a comment to say that I had a doll like that when I was a kid. My mom bought it from Avon back in 1985 (when I was five years old). Coincidentally, while I was visiting my family last week, my four-year-old niece happened to find that doll still at my parents' house and so she spent the week playing with it. I showed her how the doll is awake and ready to play on one side, then sleeping on the other side. It was really sweet to see her playing with the same doll I played with 26 years ago! Funniest part: she kept squeezing it and asking me if it was "broken" because it didn't make any noise like all her other toys. ;)

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  2. I remember these! In fact my favorite one as a child was the one that had Red Riding hood at one end and her grandmother with a bonnet which pulled up over her head to reveal the wolf. I've only attempted the sleeping baby one YEARS ago when I was thinking I might have a girl but gave it away (we have 3 boys.) They really aren't all that hard to make. Thank you for reminding me about them. (No I don't have an etsy shop or anything... just a closet of vintage sheets and fabric scraps calling my name, ha ha!)

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  3. I had one similar when I was little that my grandmother made - it had little Red Riding Hood on one side, and it flipped over to be grandma wearing a cap. Then Grandma's cap flipped to the front, and there was the wolf! It was pretty cool. My parents still have it at their house, and my daughter plays with it when she's there. I've nver seen anything similar for sale, however, and have never seen a pattern for it, either.

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  4. I had one of these as a girl. I bet you could find one on Etsy no problem! :)
    Heather @MountainHomeQuilts

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  5. My girls have this doll - http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cinderella-topsy-turvy-doll
    Knitted for them by their Great Grandma. They love her! (The doll and the Grandma ;)

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  6. Yes! I am making one for my daughter for Christmas! It's in a book called Wee Wonderfuls, but I can't remember the author. So cute!

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  7. Yes I've seen these dolls, but it was a long time ago. I think my grandma had one, and if I remember right hers were different nationalities. Like one side was Caucasion, and the other side was African American with the tight little curls--so adorable!

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  8. I remember playing with a doll like this at my grandma's house. Thanks for the memory. :-)

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  9. I think these dolls have been around for a long time. I remember seeing a display of dolls popular around Civil War time (the picture display was in a magazine) and there was one like your loaner.

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  10. I had one of these as a child and LOVED it! I haven't seen any since I have been a mom, so I hope you have readers posting links.

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  11. Funny!! I just took a picture of one of these at my inlaws this past weekend! She bought it at a flea market!

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  12. So funny that someone else posted about Red Riding Hood right before me!

    Okay - so just looked up "topsy turvy dolls" and found these links:

    http://www.historicalfolktoys.com/catcont/4716.html
    Has a doll with a caucasian on one end and an african american on the other. I believe they are selling this as a pattern to make it.

    And this one:
    http://www.cookiepots.com/Topsy%20Turvy%20Doll.htm
    Which has a bunch of different doll combos - snow white and the wicked witch, goldilocks and the 3 bears, and a little red riding hood, for a few! These are for sale, I think.

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  13. I had one as well as a child. Red riding hood on the top, the wolf underneath.

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  14. We have a Little Red and when flipped, it is the Grandma. Was made may years ago by a family friend that has now passed. It is so sweet though. We really treasure it.

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  15. My Mom has a doll like this. She got it as a child. One side is a white little girl and the other is a black little girl. She doesn't remember who gave it to her, it's beautiful. :) I love these dolls, and I've seen the Red Riding Hood one people keep mentioning. I don't think they would be that hard to make. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. I had one of these as a child. Mine was the little white girl/little black girl. I dearly loved it! Never knew what they were called. Thanks everyone for sharing! I might just have to make one for my granddaughter!

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  17. Oh, that's sweet. I never had one, but I can imagine my little girl - any little girl - would go nuts over that.

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