My first project for my girls was a waldorf doll from a kit. You don't need a sewing machine or much experience. In fact, some of the kits from Joy's Waldorf Dolls can be bought will presewn bodies and crocheted mohair wigs, or you can do it all yourself. I started with the bright eyes kit. It was simple and very cute. I have since made them for friends, and everyone seems to love them.