I started making plush dollies in 2007. I used tutorials from *AshFantastic to learn some of the basics and the head pattern I usually use is based on the StarS Sailor Saturn Banpresto plushie. I learned how to put heads together from BabyLondonStar's tutorials which used to be here (there are some patterns and things available still).
Now I'm working on trying to learn more about patterning different shapes other than standard people!
There are some patterns and tips available in my Tutorials folder.
Please visit my Plush Adoption Journal for more information!