I even used this method to teach my youngest sister how to use a sewing machine (yes she was 17 and had never used a sewing machine before!). Hers is the little pink doll and mine is the gay looking cowboy.
We had so much fun making these, I don't think either of us had laughed so hard for a long time.
When I was younger my mother made all my dolls for me because she didn't want me playing with cheap plastic ones (in fact now that I think about it she made all my toys). I managed to find a few of them today. They aren't in their prime any more (not surprising considering they are about 28 years old and have been handed down through 5 children).