This is a cloth doll that I made this week for my niece, Amelie. I styled it to look a bit like her, with very big brown eyes and a preference for hair clips.
My New Years resolution was not to buy any new fabric until I had used up all I had, so the face and body of this doll are made from curtain lining, which gave a decent colour but isn't really ideal, unless you're being a bit thrifty. I love a crisp cotton surface and the lining was just a bit too shiny.
There are lots free patterns for cloth dolls if you do a little googling, like this one at Circle of Crafters. There's also tonnes of inspiration to be found at The Handmade One-of-a-Kind Cloth Dolls group on Flickr. I especially loved this one.
For more doll goodness, there are the amazing patterns and galleries at Wee Wonderfuls and of course the stunning painted faces of Emily Martin's dolls at The Black Apple.