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I am a plush pattern designer, craft book author, and sewing teacher. I design patterns for stuffed animals from my home studio in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Sewing dolls and toys is my passion! I ...

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Trixie and Tess: A Topsy Turvy Doll

from Abby Glassenberg Design
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Trixie and Tess: A Topsy Turvy Doll
Trixie and Tess: A Topsy Turvy Doll
Trixie and Tess: A Topsy Turvy Doll
Trixie and Tess: A Topsy Turvy Doll
Trixie and Tess: A Topsy Turvy Doll
Trixie and Tess: A Topsy Turvy Doll

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Baste
  • Sew two pieces right sides together
  • Topstitch
  • Basic embroidery stitches

Pattern Description:

Trixie may look like an evil step-sister, but she has a secret!

Underneath that tough exterior is a sweet and charming girl.


Trixie and Tess are two sides of this clever topsy turvy doll. A topsy turvy doll is a classic children's toy and is really two dolls in one: flip up the skirt to reveal the second doll.

This doll is easy and fun to make and is sure to provide a child with hours of creative play!

I take you through the process of making Trixie and Tess each step of the way with clear written instructions and step-by-step photos. The pattern templates are full-sized. Just print them out and start sewing!


You can sell items made from this pattern as long as you follow these regulations:??

1. Keep a copy of your receipt as proof of purchase.?
2. The items cannot be mass-produced. They must be made by hand, one at a time.?
3. Items must be made only by the individual who purchased the pattern.?
4. Credit is given to Abby Glassenberg as the pattern designer on a tag affixed to each item and, if selling online, the listing (on Etsy, etc.) must contain a direct link to where the pattern can be purchased.?
5. You may make alterations to the pattern, but you must still link to the original pattern and credit Abby Glassenberg on the item's tags and listings.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 17 inches tall.


  • Quilting cotton, two 1/2 yard pieces
  • Flesh-toned muslin, 1/4 yard
  • Wool-blend felt, two 10" x 10" pieces
  • Tan, black, and pink embroidery floss, 24" of each
  • Coordinating all-purpose thread
  • 1/2" elastic, 9" length
  • 2 pairs of 8mm safety eyes in black
  • Light-weight fusible interfacing, 10" x 10" piece
  • Fiberfill stuffing, 7 ounces
  • Optional: lipstick or blush to color the cheeks

You Will Also Need:

  • Hand sewing needle
  • Embroidery needle
  • Stuffing tool such as a chopstick or hemostats
  • Scissors for fabric
  • Embroidery scissors
  • Chalk or a disappearing marking pen
  • Safety pin
  • Glue stick
  • Ball-point awl for poking holes for the eyes