Flip Dolls and Other Toys: Book Review and Giveaway

Flip Dolls and Other Toys by Laura Wilson

I was provided with a free copy of this book to review and to give away, courtesy of Lark Crafts. 
The opinions about the book are entirely my own.

I have a bit of a fascination with soft toys, and you may remember my review of John Murphy’s book Return of the Stupid Sock Creatures. Although I haven’t yet tried to make any softies myself, I often purchase handmade ones as gifts, as I find them to be much more engaging and creative than store-bought toys.

Lark Crafts has a new book coming out in early August: Flip Dolls and Other Toys that Zip, Stack, Hide, Grab and Go by Laura Wilson. Laura is a true creative: she’s a pattern designer, illustrator, baker, sewist and mom! If you love to make your own soft toys, you will adore this book! And if you’ve been thinking about trying your hand at softies, Laura’s step-by-step instructions and tips will have you creating imaginative dolls and toys in no time at all.

What are flip dolls?

Think of a soft toy, say one resembling a superhero like Superman. Now, imagine being able to take this toy and turn it completely inside out to have a “new” soft toy that resembles a normal guy like Clark Kent.

Superhero Flip Doll by Laura Wilson, from her book Flip Dolls and Other Toys

That’s a flip toy! And when you add zippers, pockets and other embellishments, you take these soft toys to another level of play, literally!

The book!

As with all of Lark Craft’s how-to books, Flip Dolls and Other Toys begins with a Getting Started section so you know what tools you’ll need. Materials and trims are defined and explained, along with basic sewing techniques and some advanced skills. So yes, even I – as a newbie sewer – could make these!

There’s over 25 colorful projects, with gorgeously photographed images, many showing you details close up. Each project is labeled either easy, moderate or advanced, in terms of difficulty. And the projects are organized into five sections: Zip and Stack; Hide, Seek, and Go; Show and Tell; and Flip and Turn.

Smiling Crocodile by Laura Wilson, from her book Flip Dolls and Other Toys

The dolls and toys range from playful to whimsical to modern, with special elements that make them fun for little children to play with, such as a friendly crocodile with a smiling zippered mouth, or a set of soft stacking trees. The toys include a whale with a deep pocket that can hold a cell phone; a winged horse with wings that can unbutton; and a robot with a see-through tummy showing the nuts and bolts he’s made of! There are several flip dolls to make, including the owl and the pussycat, a circus doll (think bearded lady!), and a superhero (pictured earlier in this post).

Nuts 'n Bolts Robot by Laura Wilson, from her book Flip Dolls and Other Toys

The flip dolls and toys in this book would make great gifts for just about any age group on your list, including big kids like us! And yes, it’s only July, but the holidays will be here before you know it. (Groan, I know, but you’ll thank me later when you’ve made some of the cuteness in this book well ahead of time. You can then sip eggnog while others gulp air as they try to handle the holiday stress of last-minute gift shopping. Trust me on this.)

Soft Stacking Trees by Laura Wilson, from her book Flip Dolls and Other Toys

You’ll find templates for each project in the back of the book, along with directions on how to resize them with a copier. Laura also shares her go-to resources for supplies as well as a list of her favorite reference books and websites.

Learn more and purchase:

Laura and her husband have a blog – We Wilsons – with recipes, printables (her illustrations are awesome!), tutorials, projects and more. You can find Laura on Twitter, Pinterest, and via her Etsy shop. She also has fabric designs (adorable!) available on Spoonflower.

Flip Dolls and Other Toys will be available for purchase at major booksellers in early August, and you can preorder your copy now. To stay informed about this and other crafty titles from Lark, follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

The giveaway!

Editor’s note: this giveaway has ended.

Happy Crafting!



  1. says

    I’ve had my eye on this book…I’m always on the lookout for ideas for interactive toys. Thanks for hosting a giveaway! Zumbida (at) hotmail.com

  2. says

    One of my favorite toys when I was a kid was my flip doll of Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf. It even had a grandmother (when you flipped back her bonnet, the wolf’s face was exposed).Somehow, it got lost along the way from childhood to adulthood so when, many years later, I visited Pickity Place in NH (the inspiration for the illustrations in Little Red Riding Hood), and I saw a flip doll of LRRH and the BBW, I had to buy it. No grannie included, but it made me petty happy just the same. I would love to make more flip dolls (and I just read a review of the book over on Abby Glassenberg’s blog While She Naps), and this book sounds like the perfect introduction! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  3. says

    I really want a copy of that book!!! I have been following Laura Wilson’s blog for some time now. ♥ Thanks for offering the giveaway!