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When I was a kid, I had a Red Riding Hood Topsy Turvy doll. The doll had Red Riding Hood, Grandma, and The Wolf dressed as Grandma. Presumably it was meant to be a prop for telling the story. Topsy Turvy dolls have been around for ages (Traditional Topsy Turvy Dolls), but I haven't seen one recently. I decided it was time for one of these dolls to tell a different kind of story. A Zombie Story.

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Step 1: Plan

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Figure out what you want your characters to be.

Keep in mind that you don't have to do girls in skirts. I thought about doing a guy with a long trench coat, but  I didn't have appropriate fabric on hand.

Decide where you want each of your characters to be placed and what sorts of details you want to add.

Don't forget to think about the story. What kind of story can you tell with the characters you've chosen. 

Step 2: Gather Supplies

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Supply List:

various fabrics 
various threads
basic sewing tools (scissors, sewing machine, needles, etc.)
red acrylic paint
course bristle brush

Step 3: Patterns

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* Draw your pattern shapes onto some scrap fabric, muslin, newspaper, or a plastic bag.
* Remember that you need to make everything a 1/4 in. thicker for seam allowance.
* Make sure that your body, arms, and hair will fit within the length of the skirt. (After I add long hair one side, I'll have to lengthen the skirt.)
* When drawing the skirt, use a ruler to make sure it is the same length all the way around.

Step 4: Faces

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* Cut 3 flesh toned faces and 1 zombie face.
* Add all the details to the faces before sewing them together

I'm mostly going to allow the images to speak for themselves for the details. None of these details need to be done the way I did them. Be creative. Use what you have on hand. For instance, I used buttons for the eyes, but you could just as easily use fabric or beads.
daner girl 1610 months ago
Sell those dolls what state u live in ?
poofrabbit1 year ago
What a great twist on a classic! Nicely done!
PaulCat971 year ago
This is so cool!!!
apfeffer2 years ago
Just when I thought I was tired of zombies.

This is brilliant. Thank you!
Ahhhh! I love this! I had a topsy turvy doll that was Little Red Riding hood and flipped to be her granny and if you flipped granny's hood to cover her face it uncovered the wolfs face!
quayln2 years ago
I love this so much!
What a great looking Zombie doll - plus two for the price of one!