The Japanese style of doll making has really had a huge influence on doll design. Here are some great links to some free patterns for making your own Japanese style dolls:
Start off simple by making this Kokeshi doll ornament from a clothes pin with Zakka life.
Make a kokeshi topped spool also with Zakka life.
Zakka Life gives us this Hina Doll set made from wooden egg shapes.
Here is a great Japanese paper doll tutorial from Kimono Reincarnate.
This paper doll tutorial uses the Japanese art of origami.
This Japanese Rain Doll really speaks to me for some reason.
This Japanese paper doll is very kid friendly.
Runo is a Japanese doll maker who offers several outstanding free patterns:
Kimono doll is a more advanced doll, check here out here.
Make an anime inspired doll here.
This doll is a DiGi Charat doll and is much simpler.
Another Japanese doll artist, Doku gives us these cloth doll patterns for free:
A lovely girl doll called Absolute Sweet Cindy here.
And a cheeky dimpled boy doll here.