Sep 012016

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Wow, this post is WAY overdue. My sincere apologies for taking so long to get this out. Late last year Kris K. shared with me the profusion of dolls that she made with my Topsy-Turvy doll pattern.

kris kinderfather dolls (3)

As you can see she got quite busy and made a whole bunch of them. Anyone who can make TWENTY of these dolls has my respect and admiration.

I love all the different colors, they are all so adorable and she did a wonderful job.

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If you’re looking for a nice gift to make for someone special, perhaps for the upcoming holidays, you can check out my free Topsy Turvy doll pattern  Kris says that my “directions were perfect!” So that’s nice to know. 🙂

By the way, someone pointed out that on the pattern the waking doll’s eyelashes are on her eyebrows! Silly me, how did  I never notice that? Anyhow, I know YOU know where they go. 😀

Happy creating, all!

Jul 252014

Several folks have already started talking about (and maybe even doing) fall sewing. Personally I’m not ready, but then again, I’m usually not ready for fall until some time in November, lol.

Delta Hooded Vest free pattern

Anyhow, I came across this free pattern from Hot Patterns that I thought you might like. I’m not really into hoodies, but I do like the hem shaping on this one. It might be something nice to make for a gift.

made with the free topsy turvy doll pattern by Sandy Huntress @

Speaking of gifts, lot of people have been using my Topsy Turvy doll pattern to make gifts. Here are some pics that Barbara sent me of her version.

made with the free topsy turvy doll pattern by Sandy Huntress @

made with the free topsy turvy doll pattern by Sandy Huntress @

Love the curly hair!

made with the free topsy turvy doll pattern by Sandy Huntress @

And then there’s Anita, whose 10 year old daughter used my pattern to make a Frozen themed doll, with Anna on one side….

made with the free topsy turvy doll pattern by Sandy Huntress @

… and Olaf on the other!


As you can see, many have had great success with this pattern, so keep it in mind for gift giving.

In the meantime, I’m keeping my mind firmly planted in summer. 🙂

Happy creating!



Jun 182013

Those of  you who are new to my blog may not yet have come across my free Topsy Turvy Doll Pattern and Directions. It’s a really cute and fun project, especially if you have little people to sew for. 🙂

topsy turvy doll awake

One of my favorite things about teaching (and that includes this blog) is seeing how people interpret designs for themselves.  I love to get your pics!

Yesterday, Alyssa emailed me photos of her completed dolly.


Isn’t’ she sweet? Nice job, Alyssa!

You can see another creative version of the Topsy Turvy doll  here.

Speaking of free patterns, did you know that in addition to free online classes, Craftsy also has free knitting, sewing, embroidery and quilting patterns?

You can find them all at these links:

So, there you have it.  With so many free patterns available, there’s no excuse for not being creative!

Happy creating, ya’ll.  🙂

Feb 172013

Hey all!  I hope you’re having a great weekend.  We got yet more snow today, but at least a lot of the white stuff from last weekend’s blizzard had already melted.

I spent the afternoon working on a little project for you guys.

Do you remember this project?

topsy turvy doll awake

Here’s the topsy turvy doll I wrote about in a four-part blog series back in 2010.

This has been a very popular project.  I’ve gotten pictures from several folks who have completed it.


Like these cuties, made by for Christmas last year by a very creative reader.  (I’m so sorry, but all my old emails are temporarily missing and I don’t have her name to give credit.)


She managed to get Mary, Joseph AND the angel all in one doll.  Move Joseph’s kerchief and you find Mary hiding back there.


Flip the whole doll over and you find the angel.


The little animals are held on with velcro so they can be taken off and played with.  So utterly adorable and cute!

Anyhow, back to my project for the day.  After fielding several questions about printing out the directions from the blog posts, it occurred to me that it’s likely a pain for anyone to have to print them out from the four different posts.  

So today I made them all into a single pdf, including the patterns.  I also took the opportunity to rewrite some of the directions, hopefully making them more clear.  🙂

Here’s where you can download the Topsy Turvy Doll Pattern and Directions.

I hope it makes life a little easier for you.  It’s a fun, though involved project.  I you do try it, please be sure to send me photos of your results!

Happy creating!