For my younger daughter I made some cute rolled linen dolls. The directions are found in The American Girl's Book 1831. Technically they are called Common Linen Dolls, but I think that Rolled Linen Dolls is a more accurate description. Here is the illustration from the book:
Here are my daughter's dolls:
(from left to right)
The peach and teal dress is a piece from the fat quarter that I picked up at Needle and Thread to make another gift, and the blue shawl is from my older son's winter coat.
The red dress is a red on pink print cotton that I had in my stash and the red wool shawl is from my younger daughter's mantle fabric.
Lastly, the green fabric is a remnant of my older daughter's cotton homespun dress and the tan wool shawl is from my son's winter pants.
(all of these outfits are on the My Work page)
I took the liberty of adding thin wire in the arms. They are not really posable but the wire does give them a little more of a downward curve, instead of just sticking straight out at the sides. As you can see, I also added shawls. I think the shawls really add a nice touch.
I had a blast making these cute little dolls, except for the part about hiding them and making them after my children went to bed at night. When I make more, and I will be making more, it will be while the children are around. It's really fun to see these little gals come together!