Last year, when we were renting a house, I had started doing some wooden toy making. It was something I was really enjoying and would like to continue doing, but now that we live in an apartment, I have fewer opportunities to use power tools and make messes with sanding dust.
I haven't made any bendy dolls in a while because I like mine to have sturdy wooden bodies and wooden feet that allow them to stand by themselves, but I have been doing more with the little game piece men that are sold in the unfinished wood area of the craft store.
These are very versatile and don't require any sanding. I have added arms to some of them by drilling a hole through the upper body and cutting a pipe stem cleaner in half, then wrapping it with embroidery floss, the same as for the bendy dolls, but this is not necessary.
This little daisy girl was made using a pattern in the book Feltcraft, by Petra Berger. This book is a great resource if you want to make small toys.
The boy with the acorn cap and the astronaut were made without any patterns. Making dolls this way can be as easy as just painting clothes on the game piece and drawing on a face.
This topic to be continued...