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I was so excited to be a part of Laura’s Flip Dolls pattern tour, mostly because I was obsessed with making this doll ever since I first saw the book last summer, and it is absolutely one of my favorite things. I mean, when I showed him the “Jayce doll” he smiled, but when I flipped it inside out so that Jayce became Batman IT BLEW HIS MIND. And rightly so, I think. It’s pretty great.
Actually it was such a hit with my son that I couldn’t resist whipping up a little something for my daughter. But more on that in a minute.
First up is the one, the only, Batman.
As soon as I saw the Superhero Flip Doll Pattern, I had only one idea in my mind: Jayce and his love for Batman. Now, there are as many versions of Batman as there are actors that have played him, so I decided to pick one to use as my inspiration.
This Imaginext one.
Now I realize it’s not exact, but this stopped me from jumping on Google every few minutes and trying to decide on a color for his suit, pants, boots, etc. I wanted to keep the mask from the pattern instead of Batman’s traditional pointy-eared helmet, but I think that the symbol on his chest makes a pretty obvious statement about who this hero is.
I sketched and then cut the black batman symbol out of felt, and attached it to the yellow oval before attaching the oval to the body. I did the same thing with the belt.
And no, these superheros aren’t laying down in protest, they’re flying. I thought my Batman needed a cape, as all superheroes do, so I gave him a cape that wasn’t long enough to stick out when he was in alter-ego form.
It just takes a quick flip for Batman to take on his alter ego form…
and around here, that alter ego goes by the name Jayce.
I used small felt circles for the eyes on each of the dolls, but embroidered the mouths and noses where necessary. I love them. Simple, sweet, and happy.
I had so much fun making Jayce’s stuffed toy that I just had to make one for Hannah as well. Now, her favorite superhero is actually a villain. (Loki, if you’re curious.) So I went in another direction and decided to use the Cat from the Owl and the Pussycat Pattern to make her this adorable stuffed kitty.
Now, Laura’s instructions say pretty early on that any of the flip doll designs can actually just be stuffed and made into a single doll. Since Hannah is 2 years old, not really capable of flipping a doll or really appreciating that she really has 2-dolls-in-1, I decided to go for the non-flippable option. Plus, this sweet little kitty is just so cute that I never wanted her to be on the not-showing side, so now she won’t be.
There isn’t a pattern piece for the bow or apron on this kitty, but I loved these aspects of the look from the Cat in the pattern so I just made some up. I hand-stitched the skirt and bow to the body when I attached the felt eyes and nose. Easy.
The kitty has a long (only slightly) stuffed tail as well.
Hannah named this cat Mew Meow. I love it. I’m very sure it is after a show that she watches sometimes with 2 plasticine cats called Mio Mao, but still. I still love it.
Together they are one big happy family. 🙂
**I feel a little obligated to say that I was not compensated for this review, nor did I receive a free copy to review. I purchased this book and liked it so much that I emailed the author. 🙂 So it’s safe to say that all opinions are certainly my own.**
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