Handkerchief Dolls. When I first came across these they were called "Church Dolls", because people used to make temporary dolls out of hankies in church to quietly entertain children and keep them calm. You can also use cloth napkins, and they come out especially nice if made from hankies/napkins with an embroidered or monogrammed corner or lace edging as the hem of the doll dress. More here: http://itssopurdy.blogspot.com/2012/10/how-to-civil-war-handkerchief-dolls.html
Nancy and designer Joan Hinds create adorable doll clothes that are easy to sew and incorporate fast closures for little fingers. Learn to make impressive special occasion clothing including a fairy princess dress, a cheerleader outfit, a snowy day ensemble, and a sweetheart dress. Sew gathers, sweet necklines, easy hems, fancy trim, and more.
Doll Fashion Studio, Part 2 Video from Sewing with Nancy