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Topknot Twirl

There is something beautiful about minimalist design that catches your eye and draws you near. Simplicity lets your mind wonder and create like it was designed to do. I truly believe the same rings true for children’s toys. Young minds that are making daily discoveries and forming new ideas are drawn to opportunities to create. Almost every parent experiences this when their child plays with the box longer than the toy. Open ended toys that reflect a child’s environment allows creative exploration, and the child can create a purpose for the toy and use it as they wish.

For my daughter, I was searching for a timeless simple rag doll that could be loved for many years. My hope was to find a doll that inspired play while doubling as decor in her vintage eclectic room. I was soon delighted to find an old friend from China opening her very own doll shop Topknot Twirl.

Lauren, the creator of Topknot Twirl, is a kindred spirit that brings out the beauty in the simple. She began making dolls as a traditional birthday gift for her daughters and soon expanded into making dolls for their play group. Lauren delighted in designing each doll with a different look and set out to reach a bigger market. In the winter of 2017, after moving to back to America, Topknot Twirl was launched.

Connect with Topknot Twirl

Etsy                 Facebook                Instagram


Each doll is made to order with 5 customizable features. Custom ordering is made easy through her Etsy page and detailed instructions. I loved there was a variety of choices to make a unique custom doll, yet I wasn’t overwhelmed. Picking a doll to match my daughter’s look was simple. However, I will say the fabric choices were all adorably eye catching and I had to get a few opinions to make a final choice.

dress print

skin color

hair color

bang style

hair placement

Our new little friend was delivered in style with attention to every detail. I loved seeing my daughter’s name on the package and felt as if her creator was thinking about her with every stitch. Before her doll was even opened our excitement was pouring over the delivery cuteness.

Whether it was intended or not, I even used the tag ribbons as extra bows for the doll’s hair. 

Every detail of our Topknot Twirl custom doll was perfect and just they way I had ordered.

The details were simple yet had an elegant high fashion flare. I appreciated the strong craftsmanship while still being able to tell it was handmade with integrity.

I instantly loved how large our doll looked in my daughter’s arms. I thought it would have been a great milestone doll during her first 12 month pictures.

My daughter snuggled into the soft flexible fabric. She was able to easily carry her lightweight doll around with its slim graspable limbs.

Her doll was clothed in a miniature twirl dress with a fashionable criss cross back. We loved the skirt was removable for dressing and undressing.


I ordered her doll with double high buns and side sleek bangs, but was excited to find out her hair could be styled.

I enjoyed giving her similar pigtail braids I use to rock as a child. The joy about felt doll hair is low maintenance. No tangled rat nests or balding, just simple easy to manage felt strips.


Lauren continues to work hard in making innovations to her dolls and and meeting the needs of her customers. Since the time she has opened she has already added three new additions to her Etsy shop.

Each girl doll now has a felt floral headband accessory. It’s the perfect little accent piece that adds pizzazz and play during dress up.

Dolls can now be personalized with an embroidered name added.

And my favorite, custom boy dolls! Let those little boys join in on the role playing and have their own boy doll. After seeing my son nurture my daughter’s baby dolls, I think he would love having a doll that he can relate to.

All of Topknot Twirl dolls are handmade by Lauren, so top quality is always delivered. We had such a great experience working with Topknot Twirl and especially loved supporting another small shop, in particular a stay at home mom following her dreams.

If you are looking for a quality custom doll that makes play open ended, while also bringing elegance and style to your home, check out TopKnotTwirl!

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  • Reply Le

    These dolls are adorable !!!

    January 15, 2018 at 10:34 am
  • Reply gloria patterson

    This is one contest I really want to win. I have been looking for a doll for my great niece who is mixed race. Everything I have found has been white or black. This is so perfect for her. The price does not fit my budget but I will do a little cutting here and there. Have all ready bookmarked the site.

    January 16, 2018 at 4:33 pm
  • Reply Barbara

    These are adorable. I love cloth dolls. I like that they are diverse in gender and ethically.

    January 16, 2018 at 5:44 pm
  • Reply Rosanne

    I am 63 years old and this doll reminds me of the kind I had when I was about 3 or 4 years old .

    January 16, 2018 at 6:19 pm
  • Reply Julie Tardi

    I love this doll brings back a few memories of a doll like this back in the day

    January 17, 2018 at 1:02 pm
  • Reply DB

    These are so cute! My grandchildren would love them.

    January 17, 2018 at 5:52 pm
  • Reply Patricia Green

    Oh my gosh! These are just so precious!! Saving!

    January 17, 2018 at 11:01 pm
  • Reply jayneewins111

    These are really, really special. I am a fan of minimalist design, too.

    January 18, 2018 at 6:48 am
  • Reply twyla burton

    These dolls are amazing. Actually I already have two little people who would LOVE a doll.

    January 18, 2018 at 2:25 pm
  • Reply Abigail

    My daughter would love one of these – she’s been asking for a “ballerina dollie” and these look perfect!

    January 18, 2018 at 3:28 pm
  • Reply Amber Ludwig

    I LOVE the different options available!! I also adore that they make boys too <3

    January 18, 2018 at 6:41 pm
  • Reply Linda Manns Linneman

    These dolls are so cute. I love how you can customize them. They sound so soft and cuddly. Thank you so much for sharing these dolls

    January 18, 2018 at 8:45 pm
  • Reply Brianna

    I love these dolls! Makes me wish I was a little girl again. I like how these dolls are constructed using fabrics. It’s much safer for kids, and cuter as well. Reminds me of the older Cabbage Patch Kids.

    January 19, 2018 at 3:06 pm
  • Reply Kara Vaughan Marks

    These are just adorable! I’d love one of these for my grandson!

    January 21, 2018 at 2:27 pm
  • Reply Heather K

    Love the attention to detail. I can tell these dolls are made with love and care.

    January 21, 2018 at 8:47 pm
  • Reply Helen

    These are so cute. I love how many different options there are to customize your doll too.

    January 21, 2018 at 11:48 pm
  • Reply Michelle knight

    Love the options

    January 22, 2018 at 8:44 pm
  • Reply Edye

    My little cousin would love this!

    January 23, 2018 at 10:49 am
  • Reply Abby G.

    These are so precious… loving the customization!

    January 24, 2018 at 4:09 am
  • Reply Sue E

    This doll is a beautiful loving gift! She was homemade with your child’s image on her new pal. It takes a baby to know a baby! Soft, cuddly, cute and more! Making boy dolls are awesome also. They’ll learn about emotions/feelings and how to care for their new pal. Great ideas! Thank you for sharing!

    January 24, 2018 at 10:15 pm
  • Reply donna

    such a beautiful doll, so many choices. so many babies to be loved

    January 25, 2018 at 7:43 pm
  • Reply Jasmine Henderson

    I just love how many options these dolls have! Growing up as a biracial individual I never had a doll that looked like me, and I have so many little girls in my life that would love one of these dolls!

    January 26, 2018 at 6:55 pm
  • Reply Cathy Jarolin

    These Topknot Twirl Dolls are adorable..I have 4 Great Grand Daughters that I would love To give each of them a doll.Thank You for your awesome review. You explained all the criteria needed to make this doll personalized for your special little Girl

    January 27, 2018 at 6:26 pm
  • Reply Audrey Stewart

    I just love this doll. She is so cute and the craftsmanship is amazing. Any little girl would love this!

    January 28, 2018 at 4:47 pm
  • Reply Kasee Johnson

    I sure wish Topknot Twirl had been around when my daughter was little! She’s a teenager now, but one of these gorgeous babies would still be loved by her … and handed down to her own children later.

    January 28, 2018 at 7:14 pm
  • Reply stacey

    These dolls are so cute! they remind me of a doll my sister made me as a kid

    January 31, 2018 at 12:05 pm
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