I've come across some great free cloth doll patterns across the net lately. Here are some of my favourites:
Rag Dolls and Play Dolls
If you are looking for a simple rag doll that a child can play with, download the free PDF pattern for this Babyville Boutique Doll found on the Fairfiled website. Hint: click the link and then click Download PDF to the left of the screen.
These little fabric gnomes from Whimsical Whimsies would be great for kids.
Winter and Christmas Dolls
If you want a doll that is a bit more involved than a rag doll, but with major cute factor and a wintery theme, download the free pattern for Jennifer Carson's Yuki Frostfooton the Fairfield website. Hint: click the link and then click Download PDF to the left of the screen.
Make a simple gift, ornament or stocking stuffer with a girlie twist using this free tutorial from Intimate Weddings for a Flower Girl Fairy using a clothes pin and fibres to make a lush tu-tu.
Gingerbread Snowflakes has a number of angel ornament tutorials using Yarnia yarn cones. There's a folk art angel tutorial, a beaded snowflake angel, a quilted angel, and lastly a harvest wheat angel.
Over on Lazy Basset there is a tutorial for some felt Christmas Angels to decorate your tree.
Kris and Kim from The DIY Dish shared how to make a gorgeous fabric mannequin pin cushion. It is beautiful as is, but if you added a head, she would also make a great Art Doll Pin cushion. Download the mannequin pin cushion pattern on the DIY Dish and watch the video below to learn how to do it:
If you do want to add a head to the mannequin, why not try this Lucky Penny pin doll head pattern as designed by Judy Skeel- you'll need to size it to make it fit proportionately, but wouldn't it look great?
Jodie Carlton at Ric-Rac has a really cute free little robot softie pattern. Not exactly a doll per-se, but seeing as this is my blog and I make the rules, I'm including it. So there.
Shashi herself has a free Ladybird pin doll pattern over on her blog Sewing with Moonbeams.
Marla Lee Nierderer designed these great pin dolls and shares the needle sculpting techniques that she used in a tutorial on her blog Orsini's Angels.
Break out the needle and thread, there are lots of ways to create little people in cloth in these links!