Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Flip and Fold Fashions

Does anyone remember Flip and Fold Fashions circa 1981 (and perhaps a bit earlier)? Created by Tomy, Flip and Fold Fashions was a toy which inspired one's inner fashion designer. Basically, it featured a "lady model" sans clothing affixed to a template. There was a covering lid to the template which enabled a child to weave multi-coloured and patterned fabrics in and out of it thereby producing remarkably unique fashion ensembles (I tended to think that mine were rather stunning, although I must admit some were scandalously revealing). There were also clip on accessories that came in a small box. The "lady model" looked like an impression of Barbie or as I thought back then, very much like a young "Nikki Newman" (from the Young and the Restless).

I received Flip and Fold Fashions one year for my birthday and played with it religiously. I once took it to elementary school to show my awestruck friends (and a few foes). I even took it with me on one of our many family road trips to the States (where it was also met with equal fascination by young and old alike). It was one of those toys that you never wanted to part with. Sadly, my parents made me give mine to my younger cousin when I hit middle school because I was "too old" for it. She had been visiting from overseas and unfortunately for me was enchanted with it. I assure you dear reader, that had I still been in possession of my Flip and Fold Fashions, I would be playing with it regularly. You can be sure of it!

Note: All images here are courtesy of eBay as I regrettably never took any personal photographs of my Flip and Fold Fashions toy:


  1. Oh yeah I remember those. I remember wanting those but never got them. :( But I did manage to have those paper dolls with the paper cloths you put on them. I never got a doll house either but like with every thing, I resorted to making my own instead. ;)
    Yep I still make my own things. You can see a samps on my blogs n websites.

  2. OOOH!! Me me me!!! I think I had one of these... either I did or one of my neices, Stacey and Kristie. We played it anyway!

    Was really cool!

  3. Anonymous11/10/2007

    Oh I so had one of those when I was really little, like 5 or 6 years old. LOVED it, I remember spending hours playing with it. I can't believe how old this makes me feel!!

  4. It's definitely one of my faves from childhood! :)

  5. yes I do remember this. I had one and loved it. It got lost in moving when I was 9. I have been looking for one formy daughter. If anyone knows where I can get one I would love to know.

  6. Hi Teresa, I can totally relate. Did you check on eBay? There was one for sale some time ago. You never know when there could be more. I'll let you know if I find anymore elsewhere. Thanks for stopping by. :)

  7. Anonymous8/06/2008

    I did not play this as a child. However, this July my family and I visited an aunt in Denver, who brought this game out -- which her girl played with during the late seventies -- so that my girl could play with it. Who's kidding who? I liked it too! I told my girl I would go to ebay tosee if I could urchase it for her. I got the maker, the item number, and evcen took pictures like those you got courtesy from ebay... to no avail. So yeah, I would love it if someone found it -- or have it and they could part with it -- to email me:

  8. Hiya! Oh I hope you find one for your daughter. It was such an awesome toy. I'll let you know if I come across one anywhere. There are lots of eager people looking for this toy. I hope the makers sell it on the market once again. Wouldn't that be cool? :)

  9. Anonymous12/17/2008

    Thats so funny... I've been searching for this toy for a year, and never knew what to type in the search engines. What great memories! I miss my childhood too.

  10. Hello Susan! So glad you dropped by. I too had looked for this toy many times before I even posted this entry but could not remember what it was called. It was sheer luck that I was able to piece it together.

    Come back anytime and share your memories with us :)

  11. Hi---just came across this blog. Wonderful! I just cleaned out a closet and there is my sister's Flip and Fold Fashion doll. My mom thought it was originally mine. I am 51, so I know I didn't play with it in the early 80's since that was when my own children were born! It had to belong to my youngest sister. Our daughter found it at grandma's and brought it home to play with. To make a long story ended up in one of MY closets! She is missing a boot, her glasses, and a few other parts.

  12. Wow, Susan! What a great story. Thanks so much for sharing. Even with a few parts missing, I'll bet it's just as fun to play with. I'd still play with my Flip and Fold Fashion toy if I still had it. :)

  13. Nikki from PA11/20/2010

    omg...i found this blog and saw the picture of the flip and fold fashions and I was 8 yrs old again! I had forgotten about that part of my life. I literally began to cry for a childhood lost. I used to play with this toy for hours. Thank you for reminding me of such a wonderful time in my life.

  14. Thank you so much for your beautiful comment Nikki! It's much appreciated. Whenever I look at these pics, I'm transported back to that age as well. I think I was about 8 when I received it also! :)

  15. Anonymous11/29/2010

    There is so many people wanting to purchase a Tomy Flip N Fold Fashions and even though I have one would love to buy several to give to my
    Great-Granddaughters. This toy is one of the best creative toys anyone
    has ever made. Why can't the Tomy people just make and market more for
    this new generation of young girls.
    We all need to get the message out.
    Bring back the Tomy Flip N Fold Fashions.
    Karen 11/29/10

  16. "Bring back the Tomy Flip N Fold Fashions."

    Karen, that's a great slogan!

    Hmm, maybe we should start a facebook page. You said it best, it's one of the most creative toys ever made. I had countless hours of fun, creating and imagining new styles. I sometimes can't even believe there was such a toy. Almost seems like a dream. :)

  17. Anonymous8/06/2011

    I was at my moms today and decided to pull out some of my childhood stuff and the Filp and Fold was there I also found the Tomy Fashion Plates my 8 year old and I have been playing with it for hours now man I loved this toy and I'm so glad I can share it with my girls

  18. Ooh that is indeed wonderful! And that you get to share it with your daughters. Perfect. I can only imagine the joy you felt when you realized that your Flip and Fold was still there. If I still had mine, you can be sure I'd spend hours creating new styles. Thanks for visiting this blog. Come again. :)

  19. Anonymous1/22/2012

    Hello guys! Just wanted to let you know, whoever is interested in buying a flip and fold... There is one up for sale on eBay!!!!

  20. Cool! Thanks so much for letting us know. :)

  21. Anonymous1/21/2013

    If anyone has a Flip n fold barbie fashion fabric plate, I would like to get one for my 8 year old daughter. I never had one myself because we lived a very modest upbringing. The first time I came across one, was at a friends house. My daughter fell in love with it. I would like to surprise her with one for her birthday,so if anyone is selling one please let me know.

    1. Aw that's so sweet! I hope you're able to find one for her. Good luck in your search. I only spotted these two links which you may have already come across, one from Kijiji and one from eBay:

      If anyone has selling info for the commenter above, please leave a comment. Thanks.


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