Beadboy2 saw me working on Maggie Rabbit a while back, and wanted to make his own doll. After some thought, he decided on a lion, because he was researching lions in school. I had him draw a lion on paper, and then I copied the shape of the body onto a piece of gold felt folded over, and sewed around it on the machine, leaving a gap:
Next step was the face. Again I had Beadboy2 sketch one out, and I cut out the shape from the gold felt, along with an oval from tan felt for the mane. I helped him embroider the eyes, nose, and mouth (this time I remembered to use the tapestry needle so he would feel more comfortable with it), using the stitches to attach the face to the mane, and then I had him make vertical cuts all along the tan oval to make the "hair." He snipped another piece of tan felt to make the tail, and I wrapped it around a skinny length of gold felt (doubled) to make the tail. (I forgot to take action photos of these stages.)
By this point Beadboy2 was itching to do something else, so I attached the face and tail myself. He's quite proud of it.