Reformer Ruby 23" Cloth Doll Pattern

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This pattern was inspired by an incredible 6 year old girl named Ruby Bridges, who paved the way for people of color to receive an equal education.  Pattern includes full color photographs and step-by-step directions to make this adorable 23" cloth doll wearing a removable dress.  It also includes a pattern for a book bag.  Doll, dress and book bag can be made from cotton, hair from felt and yarn and shoes from felt.  This pattern is the second in a series of Women in History patterns that celebrate the strong, brave women who have been inspirations to all women.  I hope that these dolls will inspire young girls everywhere to go for what they want!

Recommended Fabrics: Cotton, cotton sateen, felt

Supplies Needed:

  • 1 fat quarter in skin color for face, body arms and legs
  • ½ yd fabric for dress
  • ½ yd fabric for shirt, underskirt, underwear and socks
  • 1 piece of felt for hair and shoes
  • 1 fat quarter for book bag
  • Bulky yarn for hair
  • 1 scrap piece of felt for mouth
  • 1 piece of ½” hook and loop tape
  • 1 yd ½” ribbon for book bag handles
  • 5” of ⅜” ribbon for dress front straps
  • 1 yd of 1” ribbon for hair bows
  • 1 yd of lace trim for shirt sleeves
  • 2 - 1” buttons to attach arms
  • Fabric marker
  • Stuffing
  • Thread
  • Embroidery thread 
  • Sewing needle
  • Doll needle (3 ½” to 4” long)
  • Pins

Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner

What You Get: One 44 page sewing pattern and one machine embroidery zipped file that you digitally download so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full-size pattern pieces. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.

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Karen L.
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Reformer Ruby

My one year old grand daughter loves her Ruby doll! I enjoyed making her and learning about her story. She was not too difficult to make. Extra bonus that the dress also fits a standard 18” doll. I used thick velvet/chenille-like yarn for her braids and crushed velvet for her hair, which worked perfectly (I turned the edge under along her forehead so it didn’t fray).