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Do you remember Flip Dolls?

Mine was Little Red Riding Hood, the Grandmother AND the Big Bad Wolf. The flip doll usually came as a fabled friend/foe combo. They were story-telling dolls and I remember the joy of sitting at the librarian Mrs. Spuller’s plump feet as she spun me into fantasy land with these at her lap.

The doll is double bodied and separated by a long skirt so you need merely to turn the skirt upside down for a brand new character. Some may come with an additional accessory, for example – it was the bonnet that turned Grandma into the BBW with my childhood doll.

I’m totally interested in these as a come-back kitsch item. I’m looking around for them and I did stumble upon a cute little seller called “UmbrellaPrints ” with something similar. It’s not quite the same thing – but the concept is there. Not to mention, their fabrics are desirable and I was thrilled to learn that they are screen-printing them themselves.

So, now I’m thinking and dreaming of a DIY flip-doll project. I went out and bought the stuffing and some fabrics. We’ll see how it goes.

The Estate of Things chooses UmbrellaPrints Flip Dolls

UmbrellaPrints makes a similar concept doll – flip over a flat piece of fabric for a new facial expression and different outfit.

The Estate of Things chooses Kiki Smith - Owl and the Pussycat Flip Doll

See Kiki Smith ‘s “Owl and the PussyCat” Flip Doll that she made while she was acting as Artist-in-Resdence at the Fabric Workshop and Museum


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3 Responses
  • Amy
    August 28, 2008

    Thanks Betsy! We are glad you like our Flip Dolls! Our dolls will be available soon as custom so you can get us to make a Flip Doll with a loved one’s face :-) xox

  • Betsy
    August 28, 2008

    More Easy DIY Doll Inspiration From the Fauna line on the DesignPublic Site.


  • Betsy
    September 2, 2008

    Yay Amy. Thanks for stopping by The Estate of Things!! Can’t wait to see your Custom Flip Dolls!

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