Just to toss out another idea:
When I started making my dolls, I cut a gingerbread-man shape out of a manila folder. (Well, gingerbread-man with an actual torso, but.) Then I made the first doll-body, and once it was stuffed and all, I traced around it (leaving some space) on another manila folder to get a "jumpsuit" pattern. (The jumpsuit can be modified into shirts, pants, skirts, bustiers, vests, whatever really
easily, and this way I only need to hang onto one extra pattern.) If you're using felt for the material, two standard felt squares should handle the body of a good-sized doll, and up to a square for clothing (unless it's a jumpsuit or dress, then two squares).
My hair is just yarn backstitched onto the head, although I'm thinking of trying UFO-catcher-style felt hair sometime. (Main trick when doing yarn hair: make sure you use long pieces, and trim it down later. It's a lot easier than trying to get exactly the right length from the start.)
Good luck with your dolls!
Thank you. That sounds very easy! Now I just need to go to a crafts store ;P Thanks, I need all the luck I can get.